I’m almost halfway done my high school, yet I haven’t decided my future job. I’m at the point where I should think about what I want to become, so after searching a little I came across many interesting professions such as surgeons, hydrologists, pilots and architects. Although environmental engineering caught my attention the most.
Environmental engineering is the branch of engineering that focuses on protecting the environment by reducing waste and pollution. The field is also dedicated to improving environmental conditions through remediation. It deals with the design of technologies and processes that control pollution releases and clean up existing contamination.
Main duties of an environmental engineer include:
A bachelor’s degree in civil engineering or in a related engineering discipline.
- A master’s degree or doctorate in a related engineering discipline.
- Licensing by a provincial or territorial association of professional engineers is required to approve engineering drawings and reports and to practise as a Professional Engineer (P.Eng.).
- Engineers are eligible for registration following graduation from an accredited educational program, and after three or four years of supervised work experience in engineering and passing a professional practice examination.
- Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification is offered by the Canada Green Building Council and may be required by some employers.
Required skills to become an environmental engineer include:
- Imagination: They must be able to foresee how the proposed designs will interact with other components of the larger system, including the workers, machinery, and equipment, as well as the environment.
- Interpersonal skills: Environmental engineers must be able to work with others toward a common goal.
- Problem-solving skills: They must be able to identify and anticipate problems in order to prevent losses for their employers, safeguard workers’ health, and mitigate environmental damage.
- Reading skills: They are frequently required to read and understand documents with topics outside their scope of training.
- Writing skills: Environmental engineers must be able to write clearly so that others without their specific training can understand their plans, proposals, specifications, findings, and other documents.
About 1400 people are employed as environmental engineers in Saskatchewan. The median annual wage for environmental engineers in Saskatchewan is about $107, 600. Environmental engineers work in a variety of settings because of the nature of the tasks they do. When they are working with other engineers and urban and regional planners, environmental engineers are likely to be in offices. If they are working with business people and lawyers, environmental engineers are likely to be at seminars, where they present information and answer questions. Finally, when working with hazardous waste technicians and environmental scientists, environmental engineers work at specific sites outdoors which offers variety in daily tasks.