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Green Occupation:
17-3025.00 - Environmental Engineering Technicians

Green occupations will likely change as a result of the green economy. Green economy activities and technologies are increasing the demand for occupations, shaping the work and worker requirements needed for occupational performance, or generating new and emerging occupations.

This is a Green Enhanced Skills occupation — green economy activities and technologies are likely to cause significant change to the work and worker requirements. New tasks, skills, knowledge, credentials may be needed. Employment demand remains the same, but there is potential for an increase.

Environmental engineering technicians work in the following green economy sectors:

  • Environment Protection — This sector covers activities related to environmental remediation, climate change adaptation, and ensuring or enhancing air quality.

They perform these tasks important to the green economy:

  • Arrange for the disposal of lead, asbestos, or other hazardous materials.
  • Assess the ability of environments to naturally remove or reduce conventional or emerging contaminants from air, water, or soil.
  • Assist in the cleanup of hazardous material spills.
  • Conduct pollution surveys, collecting and analyzing samples such as air and ground water.
  • Create models to demonstrate or predict the process by which pollutants move through or impact an environment.
  • Decontaminate or test field equipment used to clean or test pollutants from soil, air, or water.
  • Develop work plans, including writing specifications or establishing material, manpower, or facilities needs.
  • Evaluate and select technologies to clean up polluted sites, restore polluted air, water, or soil, or rehabilitate degraded ecosystems.
  • Improve chemical processes to reduce toxic emissions.
  • Inspect facilities to monitor compliance with regulations governing substances such as asbestos, lead, or wastewater.
  • Maintain process parameters and evaluate process anomalies.
  • Maintain project logbook records or computer program files.
  • Model biological, chemical, or physical treatment processes to remove or degrade pollutants.
  • Obtain product information, identify vendors or suppliers, or order materials or equipment to maintain inventory.
  • Oversee support staff.
  • Perform environmental quality work in field or office settings.
  • Perform laboratory work such as logging numerical and visual observations, preparing and packaging samples, recording test results, and performing photo documentation.
  • Perform statistical analysis and correction of air or water pollution data submitted by industry or other agencies.
  • Prepare and package environmental samples for shipping or testing.
  • Prepare permit applications or review compliance with environmental permits.
  • Produce environmental assessment reports, tabulating data and preparing charts, graphs, or sketches.
  • Provide technical engineering support in the planning of projects, such as wastewater treatment plants, to ensure compliance with environmental regulations and policies.
  • Receive, set up, test, or decontaminate equipment.
  • Review technical documents to ensure completeness and conformance to requirements.
  • Review work plans to schedule activities.
  • Work with customers to assess the environmental impact of proposed construction or to develop pollution prevention programs.