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Environmental Engineer

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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.

Work Activities
Getting Information
Collecting field samples (e.g., air, water, soil).
Analyzing air, water and soil samples.
Monitor Processes, Materials or Surroundings
Monitoring sites and procedures to confirm that private and public operations are in compliance with environmental regulations.
Engineering and Technology
Law and Government
Quality Control Analysis
Critical Thinking
Document Use
Career Path
  • Environmental Advisor to Environmental Planner to Environmental Regulatory and Compliance Officer
  • Hydrogeological Engineer, Remediation Specialist, Contaminated Sites Professional, Regulatory Analyst (Legal), Reclamation Specialist
  • The following are examples of progressive or lateral career paths associated with this occupation:
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How Can I Work in LNG?

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!

Working Conditions
  • Field 2
    Field Visits
  • Physical
    Mild Physical Activity
  • Office
    Office Based
  • Steeringwheel
    Driving Required
  • Variable weather
    Inclement Weather
  • Road
    Remote Locations
  • Industrial excavator
    Active Machinery
  • Arrow
    Shift Work
  • Standing
    Long Periods of Standing
  • Longshifts
    Long Shifts
  • Overtime
    Some Overtime Required
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Careers also exist in the following industries:
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  • Forestry and Logging
  • Heavy and civil engineering construction
  • Mining and quarrying
  • Paper manufacturing
  • Professional scientific and technical services
  • Utilities, including renewables
  • Wood Product manufacturing
Job Details

Job Category




Oil sands

Exploration and production



Qualifications + Experience


  • Post-secondary degree


  • Respirator fit testing
  • The following are examples of Health and Safety Courses that may be required for this occupation:
  • Standard and emergency first aid
  • H2S Alive
  • Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
  • Construction Safety Training System (CSTS)
  • Pipeline Construction Safety Training (PCST)
  • Asbestos Safety
  • Fall protection
  • Confined space entry
  • Once licensed, engineers receive a seal to stamp their designs and drawings.


  • 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.