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Define/ what is environmental engineering - is monitoring, improvement, & protection of the environment through design. We can als o describe as “an emerging branch of study in engineering that applies the knowledge of science and engineering principles to improve the environment or ecosystem/ living environment (air, water, and/or land resources) from pollution and to provide healthy water, air and land for human habitation and for other organisms”.

It takes a quantitative and interdisciplinary approach to examining ecosystems and covers issues such as conservation, biodiversity, soil contamination, groundwater contamination, climate change, water quality, waste management, sustainable development and natural resources, and air and noise pollution

Details of environmental engineering

  • Numerous fields can be pursued within the larger framework of environmental engineering, including  biology, ecology, chemistry, geology, environmental law, public health, chemical engineering, nuclear engineering, civil  and mechanical engineering.
  • Using the principles of biology and chemistry, environmental engineers develop solutions to environmental problems.
  • They are involved in water and air pollution control, recycling, waste disposal, and public health issues. Environmental engineers conduct hazardous-waste management studies in which they evaluate the significance of the hazard, offer analysis on treatment and containment, and develop regulations to prevent mishaps.
  • They design municipal water supply and industrial wastewater treatment systems. They conduct research on proposed environmental projects, analyze scientific data, and perform quality control checks. They provide legal and financial consulting on matters related to the environment.
  • Environmental engineers are concerned with local and worldwide environmental issues. They study and attempt to minimize the effects of acid rain, global warming, automobile emissions, and ozone depletion. They also are involved in the protection of wildlife.

The specializations in environmental engineering includes the areas like

  • Water Supply & Waste Water Treatment Engineering
  • Air Pollution Control Engineering
  • Noise Pollution Control Engineering
  • Natural Resources Engineering
  • Risk Assessment Engineering inc
  • Bio energy production and bio remediation
  • Solid waste management
  • Ecopreneering - Eco-building, Eco - village, Eco - products

Skill requirement for Environmental engineers

  • Active listening, reading comprehension, critical thinking, active learning, complex problem solving, Judgment and decision making,  operations analysis, time management

Career in Environmental engineering

  • In the wake of the recent disasters, Environmental Engineering has become one of the most sought after careers
  • They can be employed in government departments like Forest and Environment, Urban Planning, Pollution Control Boards, Water resources and Agriculture and other industries.
  • Many refineries, waste treatment industries, distilleries, fertilizer plants, mines, textile mills and various food processing industries also hire environmental engineers
  • The environmental engineers who may not be interested in technical sector can take up research work. Others may teach in various institutions having Environmental Engineering as a course. Another interesting career can be that of an Environment journalist in different channels like Discovery channel and National Geographic Channel etc.
  • Environmental engineers are strongly encouraged to become Licensed Professional Engineers. Requirements for this licensure vary from state to state, but typically involve:
    • graduation from an accredited engineering program,
    • work experience, and
    • completion of two examinations - Fundamentals of engineering and Principles and Practice of engineering

Followings are some of the employers in this field:

AECOM, Privi Organics Limited, MACTEC, UEM GROUP, Kalpan Hydro Company, Goodrich Corporation, SPML Infra Limited, Brunel India Pvt Ltd, The Indure Private Limited, Sima Labs Pvt Ltd., IDS Group, Dresser-Rand India Pvt Ltd

On the Job

  • Review, and update environmental investigation and recommendation reports.
  • Design and supervise the development of systems processes or equipment for control, management, or remediation of water, air, or soil quality.
  • Provide environmental engineering assistance in network analysis, regulatory analysis, and planning or reviewing database development.
  • Obtain, update, and maintain plans, permits, and standard operating procedures.
  • Provide technical-level support for environmental remediation and litigation projects, including remediation system design and determination of regulatory applicability.
  • Monitor progress of environmental improvement programs.
  • Advise corporations and government agencies of procedures to follow in cleaning up contaminated sites to protect people and the environment.
  • Inform company employees and other interested parties of environmental issues.
  • Develop proposed project objectives and targets, and report to management on progress in attaining them.
  • Assess the existing or potential environmental impact of land use projects on air, water, and land.
  • Assist in budget implementation, forecasts, and administration.
  • Serve on teams conducting multimedia inspections at complex facilities, providing assistance with planning, quality assurance, safety inspection protocols, and sampling.
  • Coordinate and manage environmental protection programs and projects, assigning and evaluating work.
  • Maintain, write, and revise quality assurance documentation and procedures.
  • Provide administrative support for projects by collecting data, providing project documentation, training staff, and performing other general administrative duties.
  • Serve as liaison with federal, state, and local agencies and officials on issues pertaining to solid and hazardous waste program requirements.
  • Develop site-specific health and safety protocols, such as spill contingency plans and methods for loading and transporting waste.
  • Develop and present environmental compliance training or orientation sessions.
  • Develop, implement, and manage plans and programs related to conservation and management of natural resources.
  • Prepare hazardous waste manifests and land disposal restriction notifications.
  • Assess, sort, characterize, and pack known and unknown materials.


Under Graduate

  • B.E. Environmental Engineering
  • B.E. Environmental Science and Engineering
  • B.E. Geo Informatics
  • B. Tech. Environmental Engineering
  • B. Tech. Geo Informatics
  • B. Tech Energy and environmental engineering


  • M.E. Environmental Engineering
  • M.E environment management
  • M.E. Geo Informatics
  • M. Tech. Environmental Engineering
  • M. Tech environment management
  • M. Tech in civil engineering with special emphasis on environment engineering
  • M. Tech. Geo Engineering
  • M. Tech Thermal energy and environmental Engineering
  • M. Tech. Remote Sensing
  • M. Tech. Remote Sensing and Geographical Information System (GIS)
  • Ph.D. in Earth and Space Sciences
  • Ph. D in environmental biotechnology
  • Ph. D environmental science


  • Diploma in Environmental Engineering
  • Advanced diploma in environmental engineering

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