How to become an environmental engineer

Draw on multiple aspects of engineering to solve water, waste, and sustainability challenges.

Pathways to this career

  1. Complete an undergraduate degree in environmental engineering or civil engineering with a major in environmental engineering.
  2. While studying, secure an internship or placement program to gain valuable hands-on experience and mentorship.
  3. Consider postgraduate degree in environmental engineering to advance your career progression and employment opportunities.
  4. Join relevant industry bodies such as Engineers Australia to stay up to date with industry news and certify your qualifications.

What does an environmental engineer do?

Environmental engineers strive to limit or solve environmental problems caused by human activities like building and development. Their work protects people and the environment from pollution, and advances environmental quality through improved recycling, waste disposal, and water management.

Duties and tasks

  • Assess and improve on potable water supply, and wastewater and solid waste collection, treatment, and disposal. 
  • Work on air pollution prevention.
  • Design sewage treatment, water supply, and refuse disposal systems.
  • Research environmental problems including acid rain and climate change.
  • Collaborate with other engineering and science professionals.

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