(Engineer - Environmental)
Calibrating and setting up instruments to be used in the field
To become an environmental engineer you usually have to complete a degree in engineering with a major in environmental engineering. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your TCE. Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of English, mathematics, chemistry, physics and physical sciences are normally required. Most universities in Australia offer degrees in engineering with a major in environmental engineering. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study. Contact the universities you are interested in for more information as requirements may change.
Graduates may be eligible for membership of Engineers Australia. Visit their website for more details.
Prospective local government engineers may need to undertake further studies in municipal engineering.
Environmental engineers may be employed with large construction and mining organisations, large forestry organisations, regulatory authorities and some government departments. Opportunities also exist for self-employment or work with consulting firms.
With experience, and sometimes further training, it is possible to progress to local or corporate management roles with wider responsibilities than environmental protection.