Environmental Engineer

Environmental Engineer

Environmental engineers focus on protecting the environment by reducing waste and pollution.


The Role

  • Optimising the use of natural resources, helping to develop renewable energy sources and maximise the use of existing materials.
  • With the world’s population set to reach nine billion in 2050, obtaining enough clean water, air, land and food has become a pressing concern.
  • Environmental engineering within the industry revolves around the disposal and management of waste products, the protection of land and the control and mitigation of pollutants.
  • Carrying out site assessments
  • Conducting technical audits
  • Evaluating environmental impact
  • Making recommendations on clean-up, reclamation and waste management activities
  • Assessing how a site complies with environmental regulations
  • Using mathematical techniques and computer modelling to assess or forecast past, present and future environmental problems
  • Designing, developing, testing and implementing technical solutions which will help organisations actively reduce their negative impact on the environment
  • Interpreting data
  • Keeping abreast of legislative changes in environmental law
  • Identification and consideration of potential contaminant sources
  • Report writing
  • As an Environmental Engineer, most full time positions are 40 hours a week.

Salary

  • Newly trained environmental engineers can earn in the region of £17,000 and £25,000 per year 
  • Trained with experience environmental engineers can earn in the region of £25,000 and £55,000 
  • Senior, chartered or master environmental engineers can earn up to £90,000 

Salaries depend on location, employer and level of responsibility. 


Qualifications and Training

A degree (or HNC in Wales) is the minimum entry qualification to become an environmental engineer.

The degree should be in a relevant subject such as environmental engineering, civil engineering, marine engineering, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering or process engineering.

Candidates with MEng degrees are usually preferred. However, if you have a BEng degree, you may be required to obtain a relevant postgraduate degreee. 

Most employers in this field offer structured graduate development programmes, which culminate in achieving chartered engineer status.


Vacancies

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Find out more

For information on job roles in Scotland please visit the Skills Development Scotland website My World of Work.

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