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Pollution Control Engineering Technician

Test samples of air, soil and water for contamination.

What does a Pollution Control Engineering Technician do?

Engineers like data. Numbers can help them design systems, and designing systems can help them earn money.

Environmental Engineers need data that relates to air, soil, and water pollution, but they rarely have time to dig up that data themselves. Instead, they hire Pollution Control Engineering Technicians. A Pollution Control Engineering Technician can run tests and bring back data for the Environmental Engineer to tweak, manipulate, and enjoy.

As a Pollution Control Engineering Technician, you spend a significant amount of time away from the office. You travel from place to place, taking precise readings in each location.

Your Environmental Engineer may build specific systems to help clear the air and water in a new building. When that system is built, you travel to the site and test the air and water with your technical instruments. If your readings are higher than the Engineer expects, you look for problems on the site that could be contributing to the issue, and you take photos to show your boss.

Manufacturing plants and office buildings are required by law to keep the air, water, and soil clean from contamination. Periodically, you visit these locations and perform tests to ensure that the building owners are truly doing what they’re supposed to be doing. If you find a high pollution reading, you report it to your Environmental Engineer right away. Otherwise, you keep detailed notes about your readings and present them to your Environmental Engineer at the end of your workday.

The equipment you use is very sensitive, and it must be kept clean and calibrated. Each day, you check the equipment before you use it, and if something breaks, you send it to qualified shops for repairs.