Brief description of the position:
Environmental engineers use the principles of engineering, soil science, biology, and chemistry to develop solutions to environmental concerns relating to transportation projects. Almost every transportation project requires that an Environmental Impact Assessment be completed before construction can begin. These statements are intended to look at all possible impacts of a project and to protect local wildlife. Environmental engineers are typically required to prepare, review, and update environmental investigation reports, and to design projects to ensure environmental protection. Environmental engineers also obtain, update, and maintain plans, permits, and standard operating procedures, and provide technical support for project-related environmental questions, concerns, and legal actions. They also analyze scientific data and perform quality-control checks, ensure compliance with environmental regulations, and advise corporations and government agencies on procedures for cleaning up contaminated sites around transportation projects.
Between $73,740-$83,740 annually, or, $6,200-$6,800/mo.
Secondary and Postsecondary Education
Environmental engineers should have a firm background from high school in advanced math and science classes like calculus, physics, and chemistry. At the college level, environmental engineers take advanced engineering courses, like engineering mechanics, fluid mechanics, and mechanics of materials, which all require a strong foundation in both calculus and physics. Environmental engineers take advanced chemistry and biology courses throughout college. They should also have some background in computer-aided design and drafting (CADD) before entering college. Environmental engineers may have a bachelor’s of science degree in civil, biological systems, chemical, or environmental engineering, and need to pass both the Fundamentals of Engineering and Professional Engineering exams. Environmental engineers can also be Board Certified by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers.