Environmental Engineer

Environmental engineers are concerned with assessing and managing the effects of human and other activity on the natural and built environment. In addition, apply their engineering knowledge and skills to such things as environmental impact assessment, natural resources management and pollution control.

Personal requirements of an environmental engineer may include:

  • Enjoy technical and engineering activities
  • Able to identify, analyse and solve problems
  • Well developed oral and written communication skills
  • Enjoy computing and technical design
  • Being practical and creative
  • Willing to accept responsibility

Environmental engineers may complete the following tasks: 

  • Research and development of new technologies and techniques to improve the environmental acceptability of engineering projects
  • Evaluation of environmental and social impacts of engineering projects in association with the public, scientists and other engineers
  • Work together with occupational health experts to ensure a hazard-free working environment
  • Prepare reports and studies on the best approach to environmental management in new and existing engineering projects, taking into account environmentally sustainable economic activity and legal, environmental and industrial factors
  • Effectively communicate relevant issues to other technical staff, managers, regulatory authorities, public interest groups and the public.

The career pathway in this occupation usually requires the completion of a Bachelor Degree in engineering with a major in environmental engineering. However, some jobs also require post-graduate study, such as a Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or Master Degree.

The various universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements. Courses are also offered by distance education. For further information contact the universities you are interested in as requirements may change.

Environmental engineers may be employed with large construction and mining organisations, or regulatory authorities and some government departments.