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Environmental Engineering Example Co-op Job Description

Position 1: Water/Wastewater Engineering Assistant

Provide engineering and technical support for water and wastewater projects as part of a large environmental design/consulting firm. Services include: water supply, water treatment, water distribution, wastewater collection and treatment, solid waste management, stormwater management, and utility management.

Primary responsibilities:

  • Review project plans and designs for accuracy and completeness
  • Write and edit specifications and operations and maintenance manuals.
  • Review contractor’s submittals against design specifications and project requirements
  • Draft and edit plans in AutoCAD and ArcGIS
  • Coordinate for contracts and deliverables to meet project schedules
  • Attend meetings with clients, contractors, manufacturers, and other engineers
  • Work independently and as a team, and demonstrate strong time management skills

Required Specific Skills/Abilities:

  • Completion of environmental engineering 1
  • Interest in environmental engineering
  • Working knowledge of AutoCAD and Excel
  • Strong attention to detail

Position 2: Geotechnical Engineering Intern

Services include: foundation & engineering design, subsurface exploration, temporary structures, geo-structural design, construction monitoring, instrumentation, soil & rock testing, environmental site assessment, remedial estimating, design & implementation, environmental regulatory compliance, permitting & management, hazardous waste management.

Primary responsibilities:

  • Observe exploratory borings and classified soil types
  • Conduct laboratory testing; including sieve analyses, hydrometers, Atterberg Limits and consolidations
  • Observe excavation, backfill, and compaction at construction sites including earthwork and foundation construction
  • Lab test compaction using a nuclear density gauge
  • Draft and update plans in AutoCad
  • Observe and log pile driving measurements
  • Assist with the preparation of engineering reports.

Required Specific Skills/Abilities:

  • Completion of engineering measurements, civil engineering materials, soil mechanics helpful
  • Interest in geotechnical and engineering and field construction
  • Strong AutoCAD and Excel skills
  • Strong report writing skills