Environmental Engineering

Few branches of engineering have such a profound impact on our health and quality of life as environmental engineering. All Monash engineering disciplines consider sustainability - but as an environmental engineering graduate, it will be your priority.

Environmental engineers make a genuine difference to our world.

What is environmental engineering?

Environmental engineering involves the implementation and management of solutions that are in harmony with the principles of sustainable development. It involves reducing energy and minimising waste, while providing the community with opportunities to grow.

Environmental engineering encompasses water and air pollution control, recycling, water supply, waste disposal, land management, transport, process engineering and public health.

What do environmental engineers do?

Environmental engineers reduce the impact of human activity and protect our natural world. They work closely with other professionals including ecologists, regulators, lawyers, economists and other specialist engineers.

An environmental engineer might:

  • develop environmentally-sound building and transport systems
  • rehabilitate or develop landfill sites
  • ensure clean water supplies are provided to a community
  • evaluate and minimise the environmental impact of engineering projects
  • develop cleaner production technologies to reduce industrial pollution
  • evaluate the risks of climate change for a project or business and recommend solutions.

Careers in environmental engineering

Environmental problems exist in all countries and industries. You might work in air pollution control, water supply, land management, impact assessment, hazardous waste management, energy production, storm water and wastewater management, environmental management systems and more.

Organisations employing environmental engineers include:

  • engineering consulting firms
  • private and municipal agencies that supply drinking water and treat wastewater
  • companies treating and disposing of carbon emissions and hazardous waste
  • government agencies monitoring and regulating environmental issues
  • universities that teach and conduct sustainability research
  • international agencies that aid developing nations.