Environmental engineers review a water purification plant to ensure its environmental performance

Environmental Engineer

Environmental Engineers assess the impact on air, water, soil and noise levels in the vicinity of engineering projects, plan and design equipment and processes for the treatment and safe disposal of waste material, and assess what may cause problems for the environment in the long-term.

Overview

Environmental Engineers assess the impact on air, water, soil and noise levels in the vicinity of engineering projects, plan and design equipment and processes for the treatment and safe disposal of waste material, and assess what may cause problems for the environment in the long-term.

Day-to-day

  • specialises in the provision and operation of facilities for potable water supply, wastewater and solid waste collection, treatment and disposal, and air pollution prevention to protect public health and the environment
  • designs sewage treatment, water supply and refuse disposal systems
  • develops environmental health standards and checks that these are met.

Considerations

  • working outdoors.

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To become an Environmental Engineer

  • You need a bachelor degree in engineering majoring in environmental engineering to work as an Environmental Engineer. It is also common to complete postgraduate studies.

    Find a Bachelor of Engineering (Environmental)

  • Registration may be required in some states and territories. In addition, Engineers Australia has a non-compulsory National Engineering Register.

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