ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING

WHAT IS ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING?

Environmental engineers use the theoretical foundations of engineering combined with principles of biology and chemistry to develop solutions to environmental problems. Environmental engineering addresses the impact of human activity on the environment and designs sustainable engineering solutions to provide people with safe water, air and land.

WHAT DOES AN ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEER DO?

Environmental Engineers work in a wide variety of industries. Within environmental engineering there are typically four areas of specialization: air quality, environmental systems, water resource engineering, and waste management. Some common tasks include: 

  • Examining issues like climate change, pollution, deforestation, supply of energy resources, and population growth

  • Conducting hazardous-waste management studies and advising on treatment and containment

  • Working to improve recycling, waste disposal, public health, and water and air pollution control

  • Addressing global issues, such as unsafe drinking water, climate change, air quality, and environmental sustainability

  • Consulting with organizations to assess conditions and design solutions for increased sustainability practices

TOP INDUSTRIES

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Civil Engineering

Design

Environmental Services

Architecture and Planning

Higher Education

Manufacturing

Number of ENE graduates placed per industry from 2018-2020. 

COMMON JOB TITLES

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Environmental Engineer

Civil Engineer

Project Engineer

Energy Engineer

Ecological Field Technician

Drinking Water Engineer

Number of ENE graduates placed for each of the top job titles from 2007-2020. Descriptions via The Center

TOP EMPLOYERS

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Stantec

Hubbell, Roth, & Clark, Inc.

Michigan State University

Textron

SME

National Grid

General Motors

Bergmann

Applied Science, Inc.

Number of ENE graduates placed for the top full time employers from 2018-2020. Descriptions via LinkedIn and Handshake

DESTINATION DATA

Learn about the specific data associated with Environmental Engineering graduates so that you can better understand the average compensation and placement rates within the major.   

100%
Placement Rate
(Employment/Education)

$54,700
Average Starting
Salary

$15.16/hr
Intern Average
Hourly Wage 

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STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

Connect with other engineering students by joining a student organization! Some of the organizations related to the ENE major include:

Engineers for a Sustainable World

Engineers without Borders

Environmental Engineering Student Society

Solar Car Team

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ADVISING APPOINTMENT

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DEGREE REQUIREMENTS