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Environmental Engineering Technology

Environmental Engineering Tech testing the water properties in field with a testing kit.


The Environmental Engineering Technology degree program is no longer accepting new students, however the Water Utility Technician certificate is still open for enrollment.

The EGV program prepares students for careers or additional education in the environmental field. Students in the Environmental Engineering Technology Associate’s Degree Program are prepared for a wide range of environmental careers as well as to continue their education for a Bachelor’s Degree. Students in the Environmental Engineering Technology Associate’s Degree Program and the Water Utility Technician Certificate Program are prepared to sit for Class I Water and Wastewater Certification testing administered by the Ohio EPA and to obtain employment in a high demand field as a water utility technician.

What Environmental Engineering Technicians Can Expect On The Job:

Environmental Engineering Technicians generally work under the supervision of environmental engineers or more senior environmental professionals. These positions are often physically challenging and may require exposure to the elements, but working in an office or laboratory setting is also common. A technician may be called upon to sample and analyze environmental media or to operate equipment used to prevent, treat or remediate environmental pollution or unwanted contaminants. Customer service, strong computer skills and effective communication along with industry specific technical skills are all an integral part of the job expectations.

This area of study might be for you if:
  • You enjoy hands-on activities and working in a physical setting.
  • You have a strong interest in preserving the environment and serving your community.
  • You are interested in chemical, physical and biological treatment processes.
  • You are looking for a career not a job.

Who Hires Environmental Engineering Technicians?

  • Water authorities in charge of treating and distributing potable water,
  • Water authorities in charge of collecting and treating wastewater,
  • Environmental consulting companies,
  • Environmental remediation and emergency response companies that specialize in cleaning up spills and contaminated sites,
  • Analytical laboratories, and
  • Waste management and disposal companies.

Job Outlook:

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of environmental engineering technicians is projected to grow 18 percent from 2012 to 2022 which is faster than average. Much of this growth over the next 10 years is attributed to state and local governments increasing efforts and focusing resources on efficient water use and wastewater treatment.

Over the next decade, Montgomery County Water Services and The City of Dayton Water Department are expecting to replace a nearly a quarter of their water utility technicians due to retirement of senior technicians. Now is the perfect time to land a career position with these great employers. For more information on becoming a Water Operator in Ohio, please follow this link to the respective Ohio EPA webpage

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For program specific information click on the program below:

One-year Technical Certificate
Water Utility Technician

This certificate is designed to prepare students for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certification tests in water distribution and wastewater collection as well as enhance job skills in customer service, GIS mapping, backflow prevention and safety.

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Career Paths and Opportunities in Engineering Technology Areas

Engineering Technician Career Paths: HVAC-R Engineering Technicians yearly salary $43,640/$20.98 an hour. Technicians work on heating, ventilation, cooling and refrigeration systems that control the temperature and air quality in buildings. Associate's Degree or Certificate

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The Associate degree program in Environmental Engineering Technology is accredited through the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET. View program enrollment and graduation statistics.

Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission

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