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Environmental engineers may do some or all of the following

  • take air, water and land samples, and send them away to be tested for pollution
  • advise on treatment methods if any pollution is found
  • report on the environmental impact of proposed engineering and construction projects, and advise on how to minimise this impact
  • prepare reports, sketches, working drawings and specifications based on the sites and the clients' needs
  • design waste-management systems such as waste water treatment plants, stormwater and river-control works, and landfills
  • prepare assessments of environmental effects to accompany resource consent applications
  • manage projects from start to finish, including visiting sites to check construction is going to plan
  • supervise contractors carrying out work.

Environmental engineers need to have

  • knowledge of civil engineering
  • knowledge of air, water and land pollution control methods
  • knowledge of public health issues
  • knowledge of relevant legislation such as the Resource Management Act, the New Zealand Building Code, local by-laws and town planning regulations
  • skill in analysing and interpreting information such as client requirements, plans and designs
  • problem-solving skills
  • planning and organisational skills
  • good communication skills
  • writing skills for producing reports
  • good computer skills, as they use geographic information system (GIS) computer modelling software.

Environmental engineers need to be

  • practical, logical and accurate, with an eye for detail
  • creative and innovative
  • patient
  • able to work well as part of a team
  • able to work well under pressure and meet deadlines.
Medium_adrian_mahalingam Adrian Mahalingam
Environmental Engineer

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