Cooperative Education Opportunities in Environmental Engineering

Environmental engineering is a growing field. It offers exciting, challenging, and satisfying opportunities to practice in a variety of areas which benefit society. Environmental engineers protect the health, safety and welfare of people and our environment. Environmental engineers fix and/ or prevent problems created by industry and population growth. Co-op environmental engineering students have worked at:

  • Pharmaceutical Companies
  • Utility Companies
  • Consulting Firms
  • Government Agencies (EPA and Army Corp.)

Skills co-op students learn on environmental engineering assignments include:

  • Familiarity with environmental legislation and regulations
  • The latest technology in soil and water sampling
  • Record keeping and technical writing
  • Tracking systems, report preparation, CAD and computer databases

Major accomplishments:

  • Prioritized corrective action at hazardous waste facilities
  • Evaluated data for high priority sites: examined site maps, topographical maps, sampling results, contamination data; preliminary findings of fact and administrative records
  • Utilized AutoCAD to make drafting changes to site plans
  • Calculated soil radiation levels and metric conversions for Brookhaven National Laboratory Feasibility Study
  • Supervised tank installations and excavations, monitored well installations, soil borings, and soil excavations
  • Collected soil and water samples for chemical and environmental tests
  • Created and maintained existing databases dealing with waste generation, disposal, waste water discharge, and permit compliance
  • Monitored the effectiveness of a new groundwater treatment facility
  • Prepared applications for hazardous materials permits
  • Wrote safety guidelines and procedures for hazardous substance delivery, storage and handling
  • Performed testing of ion exchange resin to treat industrial wastewater
  • Sampled and analyzed wastewater of biological reactor treatment plant