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According to the borough of labour statistics, careers in the field of Environmental Engineering are expected to increase more quickly than average over the next ten years, as climate change is finally accepted as a reality. Bridgewater Consultancy works with forward thinking organisations, specialising in Environmental Engineering, which offer challenging projects and great benefits.

Environmental engineering applies engineering principles to natural systems to solve environmental problems. They use knowledge of soil, water and air systems to engineer solutions. Environmental engineers are also involved in solving problems caused by past activity, such as cleaning contaminated land. They predict what problems may be caused by accidents, such as oil spills.  They design, evaluate, and implement systems that develop natural resources.

Professionals in this field work on issues like wastewater treatment, toxic materials control, and air quality control. Duties vary from project to project and include collecting and analysing data, performing quality control checks, and evaluating and devising solutions for environmental hazards.

Job Duties of an Environmental Engineer
Environmental engineering generally requires a degree in Geology, Geo-environmental or Geotechnical Engineering, with an MSc in environmental science, Engineering Geology, Geotechnical Engineering, Soil or Rock Mechanics. Other relevant degree subjects include earth, physical, mathematical and applied sciences and engineering.

Environmental engineers typical duties involve taking air, water and land samples, and sending them for pollution testing, they advise on treatment methods if any pollution is found. They also report on the environmental impact of proposed engineering and construction projects, and advise on how to minimise this impact

  • prepare reports, sketches, working drawings and specifications based on the sites and the clients' needs
  • design waste-management systems such as waste water treatment plants, storm water and river-control works, and landfills
  • prepare assessments of environmental effects to accompany resource consent applications
  • manage projects from start to finish, including visiting sites to check construction is going to plan
  • supervise contractors carrying out work

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