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Environmental Control Engineer Career Information

Explore the career of environmental control engineering. Learn about the required training and skills, in addition to the expected salary and employment outlook, to see if this is a good fit for you.

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Career Definition for an Environmental Control Engineer

An environmental control engineer is a type of engineer who specializes in designing, evaluating and creating environmental control systems. Such systems include those that control temperature, air, water and waste in environments like homes, buildings, aircraft, trains and so on; they may also work on large-scale projects, such as water distribution and treatment plants. Common duties of environmental control engineers include need identification and evaluation, design, system drafting, product creation and testing, quality assurance, product consulting and other duties as needed.

Education Bachelor's degree in engineering
Job Skills Interpersonal communication, mathematics, observation, problem solving
Median Salary (2015)* $84,560 (all environmental engineers)
Job Growth (2014-2024)* 12% (all environmental engineers)

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Education Requirements

To become an environmental control engineer, you'll need to complete a 4-year bachelor's program in engineering. Common coursework that will prepare you for a career as an environmental control engineer include basic engineering, mathematics, physics, biochemistry, environmental science, water supply and treatment, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics and other specialized courses. Once you've completed an accredited undergraduate program, you'll need to meet your state's licensing requirements, which will likely require a number of years experience and passing an examination.

Skills Required

Engineers need very strong math and science skills to succeed in their chosen profession. An ability to multitask, work as part of a team and communicate well will also help you in a career as an environmental control engineer.

Career and Economic Outlook

The employment outlook for environmental engineers, which includes environmental control engineers, is good; the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), www.bls.gov, projects growth in this field of 12% from 2014-2024. Median annual earnings for this field were $84,560 in 2015.

Alternate Career Options

Those who are interested in careers environmental engineering and protection may consider related occupations including environmental engineering technician and environmental scientist.

Environmental Engineering Technician

By earning just an associate's degree in environmental engineering technology, or a similar field, these techs assist environmental engineers by testing, operating and modifying equipment used for environmental cleansing. Faster than average employment growth of 10% was expected through 2024, according to the BLS, and a median annual wage of $48,650 was reported in 2015.

Environmental Scientist and Specialist

Faster than average job growth of 11% was projected by the BLS, from 2014-2024, for this career that involves cleaning up pollution, reducing industrial waste and advising policy makers. These scientists usually have a bachelor's degree in an area of natural science, to secure positions that paid an annual median salary of $67,460 in 2015, according to the BLS.

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