Waste management engineers are in charge of facilitating the correct processing and managing of waste on behalf of their organization. They are responsible for developing strategies for reuse and discarding waste in an efficient manner. These individuals use their technical abilities to engineer hardware and position machinery at certain points, in order to increase production and minimize costs.
Among their main duties are creating innovative sanitary solutions to dispose of waste. They also follow strict safety policies to reduce incidents in the workplace. Waste management engineers collaborate with government agencies to respect standards. These engineers write detailed reports based on their observations, and interactions with waste. They supervise different processes for remediation and quality assurance of water, air, and soil. They utilize a personal computer as one of their main tools to conduct research, based on regional environmental data. Waste management engineers are organized and pay close attention to detail to find alternatives for waste processing. In addition, they use their strong communication skills to interact with other specialists and engineers to find ways to maximize equipment output. Waste management engineers are in charge of implementing sewer and water treatment, in addition to performing recycling when possible. These engineers work in a fast-paced environment, designing plans to control environmental hazards. They use specialized technology to reduce contamination.
A bachelor's degree in waste management engineering, environmental engineering, industrial engineering, or a related field is required for this position. Industry certifications are a plus.
Waste Management Engineer Tasks
- Develop, implement, and maintain safety management and training programs, procedures, and regulations.
- Lead waste management team, directing activities and monitoring policy and practice compliance.
- Conduct or oversee waste process testing, taking and measuring samples and recording results.
- Track and review documentation and recordkeeping procedures, coordinating or conducting audits.
- Manage waste storage and facility inspections to ensure proper waste disposal.