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Environmental engineers are employed to work on areas surrounding environmental issues. They help to solve or prevent environmental problems that can commonly arise, such as water, air or noise pollution, and any threats to the environment or public health. They are knowledgeable in various disciplines, including biology, chemistry, engineering and environmental science and use their expertise to protect wildlife, natural resources and humans.
On a global scale environmental engineers can be used to advise on significant issues such as acid rain, global warming and problems with the ozone layer.
Environmental engineers will be heavily involved in certain types of projects, such as design, planning, building, maintenance and regulation of:
Another principal role of environmental engineers is to provide advice and ensure all regulations are followed exactly. As well as offering general advice, environmental engineers also advise on structures or systems that can be built to aid the environmental cause. They will spend time on site when new buildings or constructions are being built to advise on all aspects affecting the environment. Collaboration with engineers, construction professionals, councils, planners and technicians will be a frequent and important aspect of the general workload.
Environmental engineering often crosses into other engineering disciplines, including civil engineering, structural engineering and chemical engineering.