Engineer – Waste Treatment

Humans create a lot of waste which makes the job of waste treatment engineers crucial. If it were not for the skills knowledge and expertise of waste treatment engineers the population of the United States and the rest of the world would be drowning in waste and would not be able to benefit from clean and safe sources of fresh water. Waste treatment engineers are tasked with developing new and improved systems that clean biological materials (such as human waste) chemicals and solids from dirty water that is flushed into storm drains and sewer lines on a daily basis. Additionally they work to improve and repair existing systems so they meet state and federal governmental regulations. According to the website www.wisegeek.com waste water can be treated in one of three ways or via a combination of methods. The three primary methods are “filtration chemical treatment and natural process.” The filtration process has been around for centuries and the chemical treatment option is often considered controversial. Additionally the natural process is often overly cumbersome. Waste treatment engineers must be knowledgeable about all three methods and open to developing new and more technically advanced methods so that the needs of both small and large communities can be met with the least environmental damage. Because colleges and universities typically do not offer bachelor’s degree programs as specific as “Waste Treatment Engineering” most waste treatment engineers obtain an undergraduate degree in the field of civil engineering. Normally civil engineering degree programs offer courses in waste treatment so that aspiring waste treatment engineers can gain practical classroom knowledge before graduating. According to www.salaryexpert.com the average salary for a waste treatment engineer is $60000 to $90000 per year.

Education Required: Bachelor's Degree
Avg Salary: $75000
High Salary: $90000
Low Salary: $60000
Tasks: Designs wastewater treatment plants.
Selects equipment that meets governmental standards.
Prepares technical reports.
Knows about governmental standards and policies.
Also Called: Hydrologist
Wastewater Treatment Plant Supervisor
Civil Engineer
Waste Treatment Plant Designer
Additional Resources: http://www.ehow.com/how_2070970_become-wastewater-engineer.html
http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-wastewater-treatment-engineering.htm
http://www.salaryexpert.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=Browse.Wastewater-Treatment-Engineer-salary-data-details&PositionId=254753