An environmental engineer develops techniques to recover usable materials and reduce waste created during manufacture of a product, including energy. Environmental engineers in the Gas Transmission and Distribution business are responsible for ensuring that appropriate regulatory requirements in gas main and service networks are included and met. Environmental engineers also ensure the proper removal of hazardous materials from job sites and that the sites are adhering to safety standards for both employee and public safety. They also design air pollution control for power companies and may also be responsible for monitoring systems in a facility for compliance with environmental regulations.

Environmental Engineer Skills:

  • Prepare, review, and update environmental investigation and recommendation reports.
  • Design and supervise the development of systems processes or equipment for control, management, or remediation of water, air, or soil quality.
  • Obtain, update, and maintain plans, permits, and standard operating procedures.
  • Provide technical-level support for environmental remediation and litigation projects, including remediation system design and determination of regulatory applicability.
  • Monitor progress of environmental improvement programs.

Environmental Engineers also need to:

  • Communicate effectively verbally and through writing.
  • Have integrity and follow the standards of the company and engineering profession.
  • Understand the importance of hard work and have a positive attitude.
  • Anticipate what needs to be done and take action.
  • Work cooperatively with others.
  • Identify and solve problems in a systematic way.

Education/Experience Needed

An entry-level engineer needs a Bachelor of Science in Engineering or the equivalent. To view a list of available degree programs in your area, use the NEEN Program Locator.


Median Annual Environmental Engineer Salary: $86,800
From O*NET 8/2018