Lead Society: American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists

Cooperating Societies: American Institute of Chemical Engineers; American Society of Civil Engineers; American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers; American Society of Mechanical Engineers; SAE International; and Society of Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration
 
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Applicability

These program criteria apply to engineering technology programs that include environmental or similar modifiers in their titles.

Objectives

The field of environmental engineering technology is broad, ranging from laboratory measurements to field measurements to system design and operation.  An accreditable environmental engineering technology program will prepare graduates to work in one or more specialties as described by the program objectives.  Graduates shall understand the roles and responsibilities of public and private organizations pertaining to environmental regulations.  Graduates are prepared to apply the concepts of professional practice and assist in project management.  Graduates of associate degree programs typically have competence in applied skills, while baccalaureate degree graduates have a deeper understanding and competence in the application of engineering principles to problem-solving and to the design of engineered systems; and the application of mathematics, physics, chemistry, and biology to the field.

Outcomes

The field of environmental engineering technology includes environmental measurements and the design, management, and operation of environmental facilities and systems.  Associate degree programs must demonstrate that graduates are capable of:

a.       Conducting sampling of environmental media;

b.      Performing field and laboratory measurements of environmental parameters, including use of common instruments and equipment appropriate to environmental technology;

c.       Applying quality control methods in sampling and measurement and utilizing basic statistical techniques in analysis of the results;

d.      Preparing reports to adequately describe results of environmental sampling and measurement;

e.       Explaining operating principles of a range of unit processes for environmental control; and

f.        Performing CAD and GIS operations and applying them to solving engineering problems.


Baccalaureate degree programs must demonstrate that graduates, in addition to the outcomes expected of associate degree graduates, are capable of:

g.       Applying probability and statistics to measured data and performing risk analyses;

h.      Formulating flow and material balances;

i.       Applying principles of biology, chemistry, and physics to situations relevant to the program objectives; and

j.      Designing basic unit processes for pollution prevention and waste treatment.

 

These program criteria apply to engineering technology programs that include environmental or similar modifiers in their titles. An accreditable program in environmental engineering technology will prepare graduates with the technical and managerial skills necessary to enter careers in design, operation, and maintenance in the field of environmental engineering technology.

I. PROGRAM CRITERIA FOR ASSOCIATE LEVEL PROGRAMS

Curriculum

Graduates of associate degree programs typically have strengths in operation and maintenance of facilities for monitoring or treatment of wastes and environmental contamination or conducting assessment of environmental contamination, including environmental sampling and laboratory analysis.  Associate degree programs must prepare students to:

a.       Perform field and laboratory measurements of environmental parameters, including use of common instruments and equipment appropriate to environmental engineering technology;

b.      Prepare documents such as permit applications or reports to describe results of environmental sampling and measurement;

c.       Apply quality control methods in sampling and measurement and utilizing basic statistical techniques in analysis of the results;

d.      Apply the concepts of professional practice and assist in project management;

e.       Understand the roles and responsibilities of public and private organizations pertaining to environmental regulations, including applicable standards, reporting requirements and other permitting requirements; and

f.        Explain the operating principles of a range of unit processes for environmental protection.


I.II. PROGRAM CRITERIA FOR BACCALAUREATE LEVEL PROGRAMS

Curriculum

Graduates of baccalaureate degree programs typically have strengths in their knowledge of design of sampling plans, and design, operation and management of treatment facilities or remediation operations.  Baccalaureate degree programs must prepare graduates to:

a.       Perform field and laboratory measurements of environmental parameters, including use of common instruments and equipment appropriate to environmental engineering technology;

b.      Prepare documents such as permit applications or reports to describe results of environmental sampling and measurement;

c.       Apply quality control methods in sampling and measurement and utilizing basic statistical techniques in analysis of the results;

d.      Apply the concepts of professional practice and assist in project management;

e.       Understand the roles and responsibilities of public and private organizations pertaining to environmental regulations, including applicable standards, reporting requirements and other permitting requirements;

f.        Explain the operating principles of a range of unit processes for environmental protection;

g.      Apply probability and statistics to measured data and perform risk analyses;

h.      Formulate material balances;

i.        Apply basic-science principles in areas relevant to the program objectives; and

j.        Design unit processes for pollution prevention and waste treatment.

Faculty

The program must demonstrate that a majority of faculty teaching courses that are primarily design in content are qualified to teach the subject matter by virtue of professional licensure, board certification in environmental engineering, or by education and design experience.


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