- Exploration and production
- Oil sands
- Petrochemicals and Refining
- Post-secondary degree
About This Career
Critical issues regarding sanitation, filtration systems, climate change, wastewater and land use are always being discussed and resolved in the oil and gas industry. How can we recycle more water, reduce air emissions or reclaim a tailings pond? If you are a big thinker and you want to be a part of the solution, Environmental Engineering may be the career for you.
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.
When you start in this occupation activities may include:
- Collecting field samples (e.g., air, water, soil)
- Analyzing air, water and soil samples
- Monitoring sites and procedures to confirm that private and public operations are in compliance with environmental regulations
As you advance in this career, you may take on additional tasks including:
- Evaluating current system performance and incorporating innovations or developing new technologies to enhance environmental protection
- Providing technical problem-solving support and assistance to internal departments on mitigation practices to prevent or minimize impacts to natural resources and local communities and businesses in accordance with regulations
- 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.
- Standard and emergency first aid
- Specific health and safety certifications will be determined by job requirements
- Respirator fit testing
- Construction Safety Training System (CSTS)
- Pipeline Construction Safety Training (PCST)
- H2S Alive
- Asbestos safety
- Fall protection
- Confined space entry
- 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 or 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.
- Once licensed, engineers receive a seal to stamp their designs and drawings.
- Unlicensed engineers must work under the supervision of a P. Eng.
Environmental engineers use math and science along with skills in communications and critical thinking to find practical solutions that benefit habitats, communities and the environment.
- Critical thinking
- Engineering and technology
- Law and government
- Quality control analysis
- Judgment and decision making
- Active listening
- Planning and organizing
- Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting
- Mining and quarrying
- Professional, scientific and technical services
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Also known as
- Remediation and Reclamation Specialist
- Waste Management Specialist
- Water Quality Specialist
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