Environmental project engineers help government agencies and companies to reduce their impact on the environment and are often involved in the planning, design, and construction of a variety of projects. Strong mathematical skills are necessary in this position for accurate computations and developing plans.
These engineers may oversee multiple projects at once and must be organized and able to meet deadlines. Some work is done independently, but they also work regularly with clients, contractors, and regular staff members and should be able to think creatively and solve problems. They are encouraged to stay up-to-date with new developments in their field in order to utilize all new and efficient technologies, and many also work with a budget and conduct feasibility- and risk-studies on finances, materials, and the surrounding environment. They may also observe construction and document the activities while testing and measuring the work being performed.
Travel and a valid driver's license are usually required for this position to meet with various parties and reach job sites, and a bachelor's or master's degree may also be required. Licensing is necessary and can be obtained by passing the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam. Practical experience may also be necessary from internships or prior employment.
Project Engineer, Environmental Tasks
Plan and organize technical projects from conception to completion.
Coordinate and communicate between various areas; supervise and train project staff as needed.
Utilize engineering knowledge for project management; estimate timelines and schedules; anticipate risks and costs related to the technical aspects of the project.