Environmental engineers assess the impact of engineering projects on the environment, including waterways, soil, air and noise levels, and advise on ways to minimise this impact. They may be involved in:
Most environmental engineers work for engineering consultancies and construction companies; others may be employed by utilities companies, local and regional councils, and government agencies.
New environmental standards mean that many local authorities are upgrading their water infrastructure, so environmental and water resources engineers are in demand. Many kilometres of water pipes and pumping stations were damaged in the Christchurch quakes and need to be repaired or replaced.
Environmental engineers generally earn:
Key tertiary qualifications:
Required and recommended school subjects:
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