A safety engineer works to design new procedures, equipment, and guidelines to maintain and promote the safety of industrial workers. Typically, a safety engineer works in a manufacturing plant or with an insurance company, government agency, or consulting firm. A safety engineer is responsible for identifying and remedying potential safety and work hazard problems before they occur. They try to minimize the occurrence of failures and ensure that any failures that occur are not life-threatening.
Usually, a safety engineer begins their career as an assistant to a more experienced safety engineer to gain necessary experience; most new safety engineers must prove themselves working in an assistant's capacity before progressing onto more advanced unsupervised work. A safety engineer may be required to work around large, heavy equipment that may be loud and dangerous. They may work full-time at one location or travel to numerous locations as a consultant.
In general the minimum educational requirement for a safety engineer is a bachelor's degree in engineering, occupation health, or a related field. Many safety engineers hold a master's degrees or other post-baccalaureate education. A safety engineer also needs to have a through knowledge of mechanical engineering principles, safety, and relevant health laws. Most safety engineers who wish to work in careers involving the research and design of new machinery receive specialized training in mechanical engineering as well.
Safety Engineer Tasks
- Identify and monitor potential hazards and mitigation techniques.
- Install test machinery and test air quality, noise level, temperature or radiation and suggest solutions to compliance problems.
- Plan, implement, and coordinate safety programs to prevent or correct hazardous environmental working conditions.