Water/Wastewater Engineers

What they do:

Design or oversee projects involving provision of potable water, disposal of wastewater and sewage, or prevention of flood-related damage. Prepare environmental documentation for water resources, regulatory program compliance, data management and analysis, and field work. Perform hydraulic modeling and pipeline design.

On the job, you would:

  • Write technical reports or publications related to water resources development or water use efficiency.
  • Review and critique proposals, plans, or designs related to water or wastewater treatment systems.
  • Provide technical support on water resource or treatment issues to government agencies.
  • Provide technical direction or supervision to junior engineers, engineering or computer-aided design (CAD) technicians, or other technical personnel.
  • Identify design alternatives for the development of new water resources.
  • Develop plans for new water resources or water efficiency programs.
  • Design or select equipment for use in wastewater processing to ensure compliance with government standards.
  • Conduct water quality studies to identify and characterize water pollutant sources.
  • Perform mathematical modeling of underground or surface water resources, such as floodplains, ocean coastlines, streams, rivers, or wetlands.
  • Perform hydrological analyses, using three-dimensional simulation software, to model the movement of water or forecast the dispersion of chemical pollutants in the water supply.




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