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Títulos similares

Ingeniero medioambiental, Ingeniero de calidad del aire, Especialista en calidad del aire, Ingeniero de cumplimiento medioambiental, Ingeniero de control de emisiones, Ingeniero de salud y seguridad medioambiental, Especialista en aire limpio, Analista de calidad del aire, Consultor medioambiental (especializado en calidad del aire), Especialista en control de la contaminación atmosférica.

Descripción del trabajo

Air pollution is not only a huge and expensive problem, but it’s also everyone’s problem. Over 1/3rd of Americans “live in places with unhealthy levels of air pollution,” according to the American Lung Association. And if we don’t address it, that’ll extend to the rest of us eventually.

Poor air quality can lead to or contribute to a range of medical conditions like asthma, cardiovascular disease, metabolic problems, and issues with our nervous and reproductive systems.

Industries known for impacting air quality include energy production, transportation, manufacturing, agriculture, and more. Organizations in such industries use Air Pollution Control Engineers to design and implement systems that reduce harmful emissions, helping to ensure that industries can comply with air quality standards.

As a specialized type of environmental engineer, Air Pollution Control Engineers also identify sources of pollution, optimize control systems, and check that emissions aren’t exceeding legal limits. Their work safeguards public health and the environment while enabling industries to continue operations in a safer, more eco-friendly manner! 

Aspectos gratificantes de la carrera
  • Play a vital role in protecting public health and the environment
  • Ensure adherence to air quality regulations and standards
  • Contribute to sustainable industrial practices and environmental conservation
2022 Empleo
2032 Empleo proyectado
La primicia
Responsabilidades del trabajo

Horario de trabajo

Air Pollution Control Engineers work full-time with overtime required for urgent projects or compliance deadlines. Travel may be necessary for onsite evaluations and system implementations.

Tareas típicas

  • Conduct site inspections and audits; check emission sources and control systems
  • Collect samples of soil, water, and gas, following Environmental Protection Agency guidelines
  • Analyze and interpret environmental data using modeling, simulation tools, and Geographic Information Systems. Look for contaminants and pollutants
  • Identify potential safety hazards and environmental risks. Ensure safe levels of air quality
  • Collaborate with other engineers, scientists, and regulatory bodies
  • Design and oversee the installation of air pollution control systems
  • Develop strategies for reducing air pollutants such as greenhouse gases
  • Ensure compliance with local, state, and federal air quality regulations
  • Prepare documentation and reports for regulatory compliance
  • Develop training programs on air quality management and pollution control
  • Train and supervise newer technicians

Responsabilidades adicionales

  • Provide technical expertise on air quality impact assessments
  • Calibrate test instrument
  • Support investigations of incidents and accidents; determine root causes and recommend preventive measures
  • Research trends, best practices, regulatory changes, and new technologies 
Habilidades necesarias en el trabajo

Habilidades blandas

  • Analítica
  • Atención al detalle
  • Pensamiento crítico
  • Razonamiento deductivo e inductivo
  • Orientado al detalle
  • Independiente
  • Integridad
  • Monitorización
  • Objetividad
  • Organización
  • Perceptivo
  • Resolución de problemas
  • Comprensión de lectura
  • Orientado a la seguridad
  • Gran capacidad de comunicación

Habilidades técnicas

  • Air quality management and pollution control technologies
  • Emergency response
  • Engineering principles and practices
  • Environmental monitoring, sampling, data collection, and analysis tools and techniques
  • Environmental regulations and compliance measures
  • Environmental reporting tools
  • Sistemas de Información Geográfica (SIG)
  • Mobile and stationary sensors
  • Gestión de proyectos
  • Report writing and presentation
  • Safety and health assessment techniques
  • Tools for data analysis, statistical modeling, and environmental modeling
Diferentes tipos de organizaciones
  • Agricultural organizations
  • Empresas de energía
  • Empresas de consultoría medioambiental
  • Government regulatory agencies (federal, state, and local)
  • Manufacturing plants
  • Public Utilities
  • Instituciones de investigación
  • Transportation authorities
Expectativas y sacrificios

Air Pollution Control Engineers may work in industrial settings, exposed to pollutants and hazardous conditions. They must closely follow protocols to avoid mishaps and ensure their health and safety.

Persistence, patience, and strong communication skills are needed to tackle industry challenges related to air quality issues. The health and welfare of workers, communities, and the environment are at stake, so they have to be diligent and effective to make a real impact.

Because technology and policies continue to evolve, they must strive to keep up with the changes through continuous learning. 

Tendencias actuales

In recent years, there’s been a lot of public and governmental pressure to protect the environment more—including our air quality! One initiative is the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency’s National Air Toxic Trends Sites network to assess trends and emission reduction program effectiveness.

A major goal is reducing criteria pollutants (carbon monoxide, lead, nitrogen dioxide, ozone, particulate matter, and sulfur dioxide) that pose serious health and environmental risks. Air Pollution Control Engineers are at the forefront of that push to reduce these harmful elements from our air by implementing regulations and using advanced tools like remote sensing for more precise monitoring.

AI has also been incorporated into the field, requiring engineers to update their tech skills so they can maximize the power of these new tools!

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Students who become Air Pollution Control Engineers often have an interest in the natural world and environmental conservation. They might have loved science clubs, running around outdoors, and being involved with community-based sustainability projects. Many were interested in biology, chemistry, and environmental studies from an early age. 

¿Qué tipo de cosas disfrutaba la gente de esta carrera cuando era más joven...

Students who become Air Pollution Control Engineers often have an interest in the natural world and environmental conservation. They might have loved science clubs, running around outdoors, and being involved with community-based sustainability projects. Many were interested in biology, chemistry, and environmental studies from an early age. 

Educación y formación necesarias
  • Air Pollution Control Engineers usually need a bachelor’s degree in environmental or chemical engineering. Some positions require a master’s degree
  • Los cursos pertinentes pueden incluir:
  1. Air Pollution Control
  2. Air Quality Management
  3. Climate Change and Adaptation Measures
  4. Ecological Engineering
  5. Emission Control Technologies
  6. Environmental Chemistry
  7. Environmental Impact Assessment
  8. Environmental Microbiology
  9. Gestión de residuos peligrosos
  10. Termodinámica
  11. Water and Wastewater Treatment
  • Hands-on experience through internships or cooperative engineering programs is highly beneficial
  • Engineers may go on to take the Fundamentals of Engineering exam, earn a National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying’s Engineer In Training certification, and pursue a National Society of Professional Engineers’ Professional Engineer license
  • Workers may need a valid driver’s license to travel to job sites
  • Look for ABET-accredited schools offering programs in environmental or chemical engineering
  • Piensa en tu horario y en tu flexibilidad a la hora de decidir si te inscribes en un programa presencial, online o híbrido
  • Seek programs with internship or cooperative education opportunities
  • Considere el coste de la matrícula, los descuentos y las oportunidades de becas locales (además de la ayuda federal)
  • Look for programs that collaborate with external partners, which can augment your learning experience
  • Review graduation rates and post-graduate job placement statistics
Cosas que hacer en el instituto y la universidad
  • Participate in science and engineering clubs to gain practical skills
  • Look for environmental projects to learn about air quality issues
  • Focus on courses in mathematics, chemistry, physics, and environmental science
  • Considering doing a pre-apprenticeship program in high school to gain practical hands-on experience where you can apply principles in the real world
  • Seek mentorship or shadowing opportunities with air pollution professionals
  • Ask a seasoned Air Pollution Control Engineer to do an informational interview with you, or see if you can shadow them at work for a day
  • Get a part-time job related to air quality (such as an Air Quality Technician)
  • Vea vídeos y lea blogs como Airly y AirNow para mantenerse informado sobre las tendencias del sector. Otros blogs son:
  1. Noticias sobre contaminación atmosférica
  2. Noticias sobre la calidad del aire
  4. Dosis diaria de contaminación atmosférica
  • Consulta las descripciones de puestos publicadas en portales de empleo para determinar las cualificaciones laborales más actuales y las áreas de especialización que podrían interesarte.
  • Participe en grupos de debate relacionados con la calidad del aire como r/AirQuality en Reddit u otros foros.
  • Join professional organizations like the National Association of Clean Air Agencies
  • Apply for engineering scholarships or apprenticeships
  • Lleva un registro de tus logros laborales y académicos para tu currículum y tus solicitudes universitarias.
Hoja de ruta típica
Hoja de ruta del ingeniero de control de la contaminación atmosférica
Cómo conseguir tu primer trabajo
  • Upload your resume on job portals like Indeed, SimplyHired, Monster, USAJobs, ZipRecruiter, and Glassdoor
  • Sign up for alerts so you won’t miss it when a new job is posted
  • Revise los anuncios de empleo y busque palabras clave para incluirlas en su currículum, como:
  1. Air Pollution Control Engineering
  2. Air Quality Analysis
  3. Air Sampling Techniques
  4. Atmospheric Science
  5. Carbon Footprint Analysis
  6. Emission Control Technologies
  7. Emission Inventory
  8. Environmental Auditing
  9. Environmental Impact Assessment
  10. Environmental Risk Assessment
  11. Greenhouse Gas Emissions
  12. Gestión de residuos peligrosos
  13. Industrial Hygiene
  14. Pollution Monitoring
  • Review Air Pollution Control Engineer resume templates and sample interview questions  
  • Ask your school to connect you with recruiters. Take advantage of chances to intern with environmental safety-related organizations
  • Reach out to your school’s career center to get resume help, do mock interviews, and learn about upcoming job fairs
  • Do your research on potential large employers, such as:
  • Durante las entrevistas, demostrar un profundo conocimiento de las tendencias del sector.
  • Vestir de forma profesional para las entrevistas de trabajo
  • Ask previous professors and supervisors to write a recommendation 
    letters or request their consent (in advance) to list them as references
Herramientas/recursos recomendados

Páginas web


  • Calidad del aire, por Wayne T. Davis, et al.
  • Choked: Life and Breath in the Age of Air Pollution, by Beth Gardiner
  • Restauración del clima: El único futuro que sostendrá a la raza humana, de Peter Fiekowsky y Carole Douglis. 
Plan B

Air Pollution Control Engineers play a crucial role in guiding sustainable practices and policies to protect our natural world for future generations. But if this career field isn’t grabbing your interest, consider a few related fields that may also aid the environment, such as:

  • Especialista en rehabilitación de zonas industriales abandonadas
  • Ingeniero químico
  • Ingeniero de Caminos, Canales y Puertos
  • Analista de cambio climático
  • Científico de la conservación
  • Emission Trading Specialist
  • Inspector de cumplimiento de la normativa medioambiental
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Tecnólogo en ingeniería medioambiental
  • Environmental Policy Advisor
  • Científico medioambiental
  • Hidrólogo
  • Ecólogo industrial
  • Higienista industrial
  • Ingeniero Mecánico
  • Natural Sciences Manager
  • Especialista en gestión de proyectos
  • Ingeniero de aguas/aguas residuales
  • Especialista en recursos hídricos


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