Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 17-3025 Environmental Engineering Technicians
Apply theory and principles of environmental engineering to modify, test, and operate equipment and devices used in the prevention, control, and remediation of environmental pollution, including waste treatment and site remediation. May assist in the development of environmental pollution remediation devices under direction of engineer.
Education: Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
OJT: Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Tasks: Perform laboratory work such as logging numerical and visual observations, preparing and packaging samples, recording test results, and performing photo documentation. Maintain project logbook records or computer program files. Receive, set up, test, or decontaminate equipment. Assist in the cleanup of hazardous material spills. Inspect facilities to monitor compliance with regulations governing substances such as asbestos, lead, or wastewater. Oversee support staff. Maintain process parameters and evaluate process anomalies. Perform environmental quality work in field or office settings. Provide technical engineering support in the planning of projects, such as wastewater treatment plants, to ensure compliance with environmental regulations and policies. Produce environmental assessment reports, tabulating data and preparing charts, graphs, or sketches. Conduct pollution surveys, collecting and analyzing samples such as air and ground water. Obtain product information, identify vendors or suppliers, or order materials or equipment to maintain inventory. Develop work plans, including writing specifications or establishing material, manpower, or facilities needs. Review work plans to schedule activities. Review technical documents to ensure completeness and conformance to requirements. Assess the ability of environments to naturally remove or reduce conventional or emerging contaminants from air, water, or soil. Create models to demonstrate or predict the process by which pollutants move through or impact an environment. Decontaminate or test field equipment used to clean or test pollutants from soil, air, or water. Evaluate and select technologies to clean up polluted sites, restore polluted air, water, or soil, or rehabilitate degraded ecosystems. Model biological, chemical, or physical treatment processes to remove or degrade pollutants. Prepare and package environmental samples for shipping or testing.
License: License not required.
Outlook: Good
Alabama Employment Outlook
Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry $15.50   Entry $32,233.00
Mean $25.69   Mean $53,443.00
Experience $30.79 Experience $64,048.00

The data is based on the May 2017 Occupation Employment Survey employment and wage estimate file. The wages have been aged using the most current ECI factors reflecting wages as of June 2018.

Alabama Projections
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17-3025.00 Environmental Engineering Technicians