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Class Specification

ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEER 6
536J



Definition:


Directs an environmental or public health section and supervises thirteen or more staff which
includes at least four environmental engineers performing environmental engineering duties.
Represents the department as a registered Professional Engineer


                                                    OR


As an advanced senior environmental engineering specialist, plans and conducts investigations
of, and proposes solutions to complex environmental engineering problems on a program-wide
(in Ecology) or division-wide (in Health) basis that require the research and application of
advanced environmental engineering techniques and principles within a specialty field. Positions
are recognized and designated in writing by a program manager (in Ecology) or Assistant
Secretary (in Health) as a program’s/division’s expert in an environmental engineering technical
specialty, type of facility or equipment. Position represents the department as a registered
Professional Engineer.



Distinguishing Characteristics:


1. Provides mentoring, training, engineering lead and consulting expertise on a program-wide/
    division-wide basis, and

2. Applies conventional and newly emerging environmental engineering techniques and
    principles in innovative, creative ways to complex program-wide/division-wide environmental
    engineering problems, and

3. Represents a program/division as an expert in an environmental engineering technical
    specialty, type of facility or equipment, and

4. Consults with/advises section supervisors, program manager, or division director on issues
    related to specialty field.




Typical Work:


Directs environmental engineering programs for the Department of Health;
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Directs technical biological, chemical and engineering services for the Department of Health;


Plans, promotes and directs environmental engineering and environmental control programs and
methods;


Serves on national and regional commissions concerned with environmental engineering
problems;


Administers planning, direction and coordination of pollution water projects; promotes local
participation; acts in liaison capacity between local and federal officials;


Serves as consultant to the Secretary of Health, other state departments, local officials and public
and private organizations on technical and administrative problems in environmental engineering;


Prepares administrative and technical reports, papers, bulletins and pamphlets for official,
professional and public use; gives talks on environmental engineering subjects;


Prepares budget request and controls costs for section;


As a project manager, plans, conducts, and coordinates advanced detailed environmental
engineering functions and recommends solutions for complex environmental problems having
program-wide or region-wide cross program impacts;


Prepares, reviews, and provides final checks on preparation of environmental engineering
reports, plans, estimates, and specifications for facilities with multifaceted engineering impacts in
such areas as water, wastewater, air, solid waste, contaminated site cleanup, and hazardous
waste control;


Provides expert environmental engineering analysis, recommendations and direction in areas of
specialty on environmentally sensitive and critical issues concerning program or region-wide
environmental projects, regulations, permit compliance, or policy development;


Serves as a department environmental engineering consultant in areas of technical specialty;
represents the department in negotiations with other agencies, private organizations, industries,
and consulting engineers to maintain the department’s environmental engineering interests and
policies; assists in resolving significant program or region-wide conflicts;


Investigates, researches, and prepares comprehensive technical reports and papers providing
expert evaluation, to resolve significant environmental issues and problems; presents reports and
papers to public and professional groups;
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Represents the program as an environmental engineering specialist providing advanced technical
knowledge and testimony in a technical specialty in legal proceedings, regulation, and
enforcement appeals; serves as an expert witness in specialty field at legislative hearings and as
respondent on complex engineering problems;


Serves on regional or national environmental engineering professional groups and commissions
concerned with environmental engineering problems;


Keeps abreast of new environmental engineering methods in specialty field and disseminates this
information to practicing engineers;


Provides direct supervision, hires and evaluates, develops training plans and annual work plans
for staff within a section with environmental engineering responsibilities;


Serves on and/or directs professional technical staff, including environmental engineers, on
Director, Assistant Director, or Regional Director appointed environmental teams for the purpose
of evaluating engineering alternatives to resolve complex and highly controversial environmental
issues and problems;


Serves as consultant to a program manager on highly technical problems in environmental
engineering;


Serves as a consultant to a Regional Director on projects requiring significant cross-program
coordination;


Performs other work as required.




The following are examples of specialist positions that may be classified at the Environmental
Engineer 5 level within the Department of Ecology.

In the Air Quality Program: Program specialist in air emission control technologies.


In the Industrial Section: Program specialist in the primary metal reduction industry, the
petroleum refining industry, OR the pulp and paper industry.

In the Nuclear and Mixed Waste Program: Program Specialist in radioactive waste treatment
processes.

In the Solid Waste and Financial Assistance Program: Program specialist in solid waste facility
design and construction, corrective action, OR incineration.
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In the Toxics Cleanup Program: Program specialist in remedial action treatment and
technologies OR land disposal technologies; Program specialist in engineering contract
document development and administration.

In the Hazardous Waste and Toxics Reduction, Recycling and Litter Control Program: Program
specialist in industrial process engineering techniques for waste reduction, minimization and
recycling for complex industrial categories such as pulp and paper, chemical manufacturing,
electronics manufacturing OR aerospace manufacturing.


In the Water Quality Program: Program specialist in conventional municipal wastewater
treatment, industrial wastewater treatment/pre-treatment, biosolids/sludge handling facilities,
storm water management OR advanced/tertiary wastewater treatment.

In the Water Resources Program: Program specialist in geotechnical and seismic design for
impounding structures.



Knowledge and Abilities:


Knowledge of: principles and practices of environmental engineering and environmental
sanitation; design, construction and operation of water supply, sewage and industrial waste
disposal systems; methods and procedures in establishing and administering an environmental
control program; laws and regulations governing water pollution control.


Ability to: direct development of designs involving environmental engineering theory and
judgment; establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with local, state and federal
officials; plan, promote and administer projects; analyze significant environmental engineering
and sanitation data and write evaluative reports; write legislation and rules.



Legal Requirement(s):


Registration as a Professional Engineer in the state of Washington. There may be instances
where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s
responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.



Desirable Qualifications:


A Master's degree with major study in one of the following engineering fields: environmental,
water resource, civil, geotechnical, environmental, chemical, mechanical, or related field
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                                                AND
Registration as a Professional Engineer in the state of Washington or another state based on
registration requirements equivalent to those in Washington and five years of experience in
environmental engineering which includes one year as an Environmental Engineer 4 or
equivalent or two years as an Environmental Engineer 3 or equivalent


                                                 OR


An Engineer-In-Training Certificate or a Bachelor's degree with a major study in one of the
following engineering fields: environmental, civil, geotechnical, water resource, environmental,
chemical, mechanical, or related field
                                                AND


Registration as a Professional Engineer in the state of Washington or another state based on
registration requirements equivalent to those in Washington and six years of experience in
environmental engineering which includes one year as an Environmental Engineer 4 or
equivalent or two years as an Environmental Engineer 3 or equivalent


Note: A Ph.D. in one of the above engineering fields will substitute for two years of the
environmental engineering experience.


Note: Requirements for registration as a Professional Engineer in the state of Washington are
eight years of professional experience (which may include up to four years of college-level
engineering education) and successful completion of sixteen hours of professional licensing
exams.


Applicants qualifying through the licensing equivalency option must achieve registration as a
Professional Engineer in the state of Washington within six months of appointment to this class.


Note: Selective certification for candidates with specific experience background or education may
be authorized to meet the requirements of certain positions.


Note: For Technical Specialists only, to quality for selective certification, an individual must meet
one of the following criteria and provide suitable documentation:


Authored or co-authored at least one article in their specialty field, published (or accepted for
publication) in a peer reviewed journal or book. This article may not include publication of a
Master’s thesis or report.


Presented a paper in their specialty field at a peer-reviewed proceeding from a national or
regional conference. This may not include a paper based on a Master’s thesis or report.
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Been a principle author or co-author, or directed the development of agency-adopted engineering
policies, guidelines or standards in their specialty field, with significant engineering requirements
and components, such as the “Air Pollution Operating Permits Rule.”



Class Specification History:
New class, effective January 1, 1968.
Revised definition, effective September 13, 1985.
Revised definition, effective March 3, 1986.
Revised minimum qualifications, effective May 9, 1986.
Revised minimum qualifications, effective April 10, 1987.
Revises definition, minimum qualifications, and class title (formerly Sanitary Engineer 5), effective
September 18, 1989.
Revised minimum qualifications, effective November 15, 1991.
Revised definition and minimum qualifications, added distinguishing characteristics, effective
January 29, 1993.
Revised minimum qualifications, effective January 13, 1995
New class title (formerly Environmental Engineer 5 in general government) and new class code
(formerly 62550), effective July 1, 2007.
General revisions, housekeeping only: Revised definition, typical work, legal requirements, and
desirable qualifications, effective November 14, 2008.

				
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