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Environmental Engineers

Descriptions & Duties

  • Environmental Engineers use the principles of engineering to develop solutions to environmental problems. They are involved in recycling, waste disposal, public health, and water/ air pollution control. They also address global issues, such as climate change, environmental sustainability and pollution control technology.

Generic Competencies

Physical Abilities

Physical abilities

  • Physical strength
  • Eye hand coordination / precision / dexterity


Importance:2 (Max:5) 

Skill is occasionally required


Technology Skills

Technology skills

  • Computer literacy
  • Application of technology


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Cognitive Abilities

Cognitive abilities

  • Creativity
  • Visualisation
  • Logical thinking


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Comprehension And Expression

Comprehension and expression skills

  • Reading comprehension
  • Oral / written expression


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Social Skills

Social skills

  • Communication
  • Negotiation
  • Persuasion


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Organisation And Execution Skills

Organisation and execution skills

  • Planning
  • Organising
  • Judgement
  • Decision making


Importance:5 (Max:5) 

Skill is required all the time


Problem Solving Skills

Problem solving skills

  • Ability to solve simple and complex problems effectively and efficiently


Importance:5 (Max:5) 

Skill is required all the time


Management Skills

Management skills

  • Leadership
  • Management of finance / time / people / other resources


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Trade Specific Competencies

Environmental project management knowledge and skills

To lead environmental engineering construction projects, Environmental Engineers must manage projects from start to finish. They must coordinate effectively with different professionals and clients and have to make choices to ensure that the projects are well completed on time and within budget.

Professional knowledge and skills in environmental engineering

Environmental Engineers must always apply professional knowledge and skills in environmental protection, preservation and engineering to solve issues and problems at work.

General Requirements

Academic qualification

  • Normally have a bachelor's degree in environmental engineering or related field, such as civil, chemical, or general engineering.  Holders of relevant higher diplomas can articulate to related degree programmes.

Professional qualification

  • generally are corporate members of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE) in Environmental Engineering Discipline, or equivalent


  • usually 4 to 6 years of experience in environmental management, monitoring and auditing of construction activities are required

Career Path & Salary

Private Sector

Monthly Salary $20,000-$40,000

Monthly Salary $20,000-$50,000

Monthly Salary $30,000-$70,000

Monthly Salary $50,000-$110,000

Related Education & Training

Work Environment

  • Environmental Engineers usually work in office, but may spend a lot of time working outdoors, where they monitor the environmental engineering projects and make decisions for related activities.

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