Job Profile:      Air Analysis Engineering Technician

Apply theory and principles of environmental engineering to modify, test, and operate equipment and devices used in the prevention, control, and remediation of environmental problems, including waste treatment and site remediation, under the direction of engineering staff or scientists. May assist in the development of environmental remediation devices.

Job Information
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Select Tasks
Maintain project logbook records or computer program files. Perform environmental quality work in field or office settings. Review technical documents to ensure completeness and conformance to requirements.
Review work plans to schedule activities. Obtain product information, identify vendors or suppliers, or order materials or equipment to maintain inventory. Arrange for the disposal of lead, asbestos, or other hazardous materials.
Inspect facilities to monitor compliance with regulations governing substances, such as asbestos, lead, or wastewater. Provide technical engineering support in the planning of projects, such as wastewater treatment plants, to ensure compliance with environmental regulations and policies. Improve chemical processes to reduce toxic emissions.
Oversee support staff. Assist in the cleanup of hazardous material spills. Produce environmental assessment reports, tabulating data and preparing charts, graphs, or sketches.
Maintain process parameters and evaluate process anomalies. Work with customers to assess the environmental impact of proposed construction or to develop pollution prevention programs. Perform statistical analysis and correction of air or water pollution data submitted by industry or other agencies.
Develop work plans, including writing specifications or establishing material, manpower, or facilities needs. Assess the ability of environments to naturally remove or reduce conventional or emerging contaminants from air, water, or soil. Create models to demonstrate or predict the process by which pollutants move through or impact an environment.
Decontaminate or test field equipment used to clean or test pollutants from soil, air, or water. Evaluate and select technologies to clean up polluted sites, restore polluted air, water, or soil, or rehabilitate degraded ecosystems. Model biological, chemical, or physical treatment processes to remove or degrade pollutants.
Prepare and package environmental samples for shipping or testing. Prepare permit applications or review compliance with environmental permits. Record laboratory or field data, including numerical data, test results, photographs, or summaries of visual observations.
Collect and analyze pollution samples, such as air or ground water.

Select Abilities
The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing. The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity). The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem. The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events). The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways. The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem. The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures. The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns. The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object. The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you. The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted. The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources). The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects. The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects. The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion. The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part. The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears. The ability to make fast, simple, repeated movements of the fingers, hands, and wrists. The ability to quickly move the arms and legs.
The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects. The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object. The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.
The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing. The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath. The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs. The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion. The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). The ability to see details at a distance. The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
The ability to see under low light conditions. The ability to see objects or movement of objects to one's side when the eyes are looking ahead. The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
The ability to see objects in the presence of glare or bright lighting. The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness. The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
The ability to tell the direction from which a sound originated. The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person. The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

Tools Used
Aeration pumps Aerobic laboratory scale reactors Air monitoring equipment
Air velocity meters Airborne particulate samplers Anaerobic laboratory glove bags
Anaerobic laboratory scale reactors Analytical balances Anemometers
Argon lasers Atomic absorption AA spectrometers Atomic force microscopes
Autoclaves Autotitration systems Bailers
Balances Beakers Benchtop nephelometers
Benchtop refrigerated centrifuges Binocular light compound microscopes Biological oxidizers
Biosafety cabinets Blenders California bearing ratio CBR testing devices
Calorimeters Camera-equipped microscopes Carbon analyzers
Chemical fume hoods Conductivity meters Dataloggers
Desktop computers Dessicator chambers Dichotomous particulate matter samplers
Differential mobility analyzers Digester apparatus Digital cameras
Dissolved oxygen meters Drop volume tensiometers Dynamic contact angle apparatus
Electrophoresis equipment Electrophoresis tanks Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay ELISA plate readers
Epifluorescence microscopes Erlenmeyer flasks Fecal coliform constant temperature shaker baths
Fermenters Filter press simulators Filtering funnels
Flame ionization detectors FID Flatbed scanners Flow injection analyzers
Flow meters Fluorimeters Fraction collectors
Freeze dryers Freezers French presses
Funnels Furnaces Gas chromatographs GC
Gas mass spectroscopes Gel documentation systems Glassware adapters
Glassware condensers Global positioning system GPS receivers Graduated cylinders
Groundwater pumps Groundwater sampling equipment Hazardous material protective clothing
Heated environmental chambers Heating mantles High pressure liquid chromatograph HPLC with ultraviolet/visible UV/Vis absorbance detectors
High-pressure/temperature reactors High-speed centrifuges Hot plate stirrers
Incubator shakers Incubators Interferometeric refractormeters
Inverted microscopes Ion chromatographs Ion selective electrode ISE meters
Laboratory centrifugal pumps Laboratory ovens Laboratory scales
Laboratory shakers Laboratory vacuum pumps Laminar flow hoods
Laser printers Liquid handling robots Liquid mass spectroscopes
Liquid scintillation equipment Low pressure liquid chromatographs with fraction collectors Low pressure reverse osmosis water treatment systems
Magnetic stirrers Mainframe computers Mechanical convection ovens
Mercury analysis equipment Meters Microcentrifuges
Micropipettes Microscope slides Microtox toxicity systems
Mixer mills Muffle furnaces Multistage agar impactors
Notebook computers Optical compound microscopes Ozone bubble contactors
Ozone concentration percentage meters Ozone generators Pan balances
Particle counters Particle size analyzers Particulate filters
Peristaltic pumps Personal computers pH meters
Phase contrast microscopes Photometers Plasma spectrometers
Polymerase chain reaction PCR equipment Potentiostats Proton nuclear magnetic resonance NMR spectrometers
Reciprocating pumps Refrigerated centrifuges Respirators
Respirometers Rotavapors Scanning microscopes
Scanning probe microscopes SPM Scintillation counters Simultaneous static and dynamic light scattering systems
Single particle spectroscopes Soil carbon-nitrogen CN analyzers Soil expansion testers
Soil particle size testers Soil permeability testers Soil samplers
Soil vapor sampling equipment Specific ion probes Spectrofluorimeters
Spectrophotometers Sterilizer chambers Streaming current detectors
Supercritical fluid extractors Surface area analyzers Test tubes
Thermal conductivity detectors Thermocouples Titrators
Titrimeters Total internal reflection fluorescence TIRF microscopes Total organic carbon TOC analyzers
Total organic halide analyzers Toxicity analyzers Tracer gas detectors
Tractor mounted drill rigs Transmission electron microscopes TEM Turbidimeters
Two-vortex mixers Ultra pure water systems Ultrafiltration cells
Ultrasonic cleaners Ultraviolet UV spectrometers Universal fractionators
Video microscopes Visible spectrometers Water baths
Water distillation units Water level recorders Water quality monitors
Water samplers Water sampling pumps Zeta meters

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