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Water/Wastewater Engineers

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Water/wastewater engineers usually have internship experience or have participated in a cooperative program while in school, have four years of relevant work experience, and are licensed as professional engineers. The job requires strong knowledge of mathematics, engineering principles and procedures, building and design methods, and technology. The skills used every day in this line of work include complex problem solving, critical thinking, active listening, and analyzing information and making decisions. Familiarity with the provisions of the federal Clean Water Act and various state and local regulations is also essential. Clear communication skills and the ability to work well with groups and teams is important. People who do best in this field are detail oriented, honest, ethical, reliable, and cooperative.

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