About This Career
Environmental Engineers plan, design and supervise a variety of industrial activities and processes in oil and gas to prevent, control or remediate potential environmental impacts. They can specialize in a specific area such as air, water or waste management. Environmental auditing, testing and regulatory compliance/reporting are key activities in this role. Work may include water and waste treatment, site investigation and remediation where environmental site assessments are completed, and pollution control. They participate in or lead regulatory processes, such as environmental impact assessments, that review facilities or field operations to ensure compliance with government regulations and permitting conditions.
Environmental Engineers interact with a broad set of internal and external stakeholders. They liaise with regulatory agents, contractors and internal staff to ensure activities meet environmental objectives or requirements.
Education: A post-secondary degree in environmental engineering is typically required, but related disciplines such as agrology, biology, geology and chemistry all can lead to this profession as well. In some roles, a graduate degree in a related engineering discipline is preferred.
Employment: This occupation is found in onshore and offshore environments and is typically employed in the exploration and production (E&P), oil sands, and pipeline sectors of the oil and gas industry.
- The following are examples of progressive or lateral career paths associated with this occupation:
- Hydrogeological Engineer, Remediation Specialist, Contaminated Sites Professional, Regulatory Analyst (Legal), Reclamation Specialist
- Environmental Advisor to Environmental Planner to Environmental Regulatory and Compliance Officer
As Canada prepares for the launch of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) sector, this occupation will play a key role in:
- Natural gas pipeline construction
- LNG export facility construction
- LNG export facility operations
When the LNG industry takes off, you can be a part of the action!
Mild Physical Activity
Long Periods of Standing
Some Overtime Required
- Forestry and Logging
- Professional scientific and technical services
- Chemical manufacturing
- Paper manufacturing
- Wood Product manufacturing
- Heavy and civil engineering construction
- Utilities, including renewables
- Mining and quarrying
Exploration and production
- Post-secondary degree
- H2S Alive
- Construction Safety Training System (CSTS)
- Pipeline Construction Safety Training (PCST)
- Asbestos Safety
- Fall protection
- Confined space entry
- Respirator fit testing
- Standard and emergency first aid
- Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
- To obtain a license as a professional engineer (P. Eng), you must obtain a degree from an accredited engineering program, pass a Professional Practice exam and have three to four years of engineering experience, of which one year must be gained in Canada.
- You must also have Canadian citizenship or proof of permanent residency in Canada.
- Unlicensed engineers must work under the supervision of a P. Eng.