Posts Tagged ‘environmental technology’

Stay Tuned: The 101 Series

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

As you’re mapping your future career, there are lots of things to consider. What type of setting do you like to be in? What are your strongest skills? What are the options in today’s job market and what are the educational requirements needed for these jobs?

Next season, ATETV will provide a series of new programs designed to help students and prospective employees answer these questions. The two-part “101 Series” will introduce viewers to five different job sectors – including Environmental Technologies, Lab Work and Manufacturing – and provide an in-depth look at the fields’ educational and course requirements as well as a glimpse of the workplaces, careers and opportunities in these technical arenas.

Think you might be interested in a career in alternative energies for example? The “Intro to the Environment 101” episode will go behind the scenes of a classroom where students are studying environmental technologies – water, wind and solar energy. You’ll watch students conducting experiments using sunlight to generate clean energy. You’ll also visit a college lab where students are learning how water travels through the ground.

Then, in the second part of the Environment 101 episode, ATETV moves from classroom to workplace to see how classroom skills are translated into real-life careers. You’ll visit Environmental Technology employers – the companies that produce water, wind and solar energy — and hear from working technicians how they got their jobs and what their everyday work lives are like.

Charting a career path is exciting and challenging – ATETV’s 101 Series can help provide concrete information and advice to put you on the path to success. Stay tuned.

Environmental Engineering Makes the “Best Careers” List

Friday, June 18th, 2010

US News BlogThis week, we heard from students and educators in the Environmental Technology/Environmental Science program at Cape Cod Community College, who are excited about the future of the field. And guess what? So is U.S. News & World Report!

In the magazine’s annual listing of the 50 best careers of 2010, “Environmental Engineering Technician” made the cut. Here’s what U.S. News had to say: “Demand for environmental engineering technicians is expected to increase significantly, with employment jumping 30 percent from 2008 to 2018.” And they note that a growing number of these “foot soldiers in the war against environmental hazards” will be needed to ensure compliance with environmental regulations.

Okay, this is interesting, but how can you learn more about the environment in general, the day-to-day responsibilities of an environmental technician and where, exactly, the jobs are?

Start with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for a comprehensive overview of environmental issues, including water, air, climate, waste and pollution and green living.

Then, once you’ve got the “big picture” check out the website of the Occupational Outlook Handbook on the website of the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Here, you’ll find in-depth descriptions of various “environmental technicians” jobs, including overviews describing the work environment (will you be working indoors or outdoors?) the nature of the work,(examples of day-to-day responsibilities — setting up, operating and maintaining laboratory instruments or gathering and analyzing samples), education and training requirements, opportunities for advancement, and a breakdown of the projected jobs and earnings. The site also provides comparisons of related occupations and resources for additional information.

Finally, you can check out websites like the Green Collar Association and EcoOrg, both of which feature listings of “green collar jobs,” defined as those that provide a positive environmental impact.

Seems like what’s good for the environment is also good for the economy — that’s a win-win situation!

ATETV Episode 28: Careers That Give Back

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

This week, we look at two innovative technical programs that are preparing students to make important contributions — to the health of their communities and to the health of the population.

In our first segment, we meet D-Jay Laffoon, a student at Cape Cod Community College’s environmental sciences program. D-Jay is currently enrolled in the program’s instrumentation class, which is keeping him outside collecting water samples for analysis.

“I think environmental technology is definitely a career with a future,” says D-Jay. “A lot of people are trying to be less fossil-fuel reliant, and I think renewable energy is the only way to go forward.” The college’s supportive environment, which includes free tutoring in math and other challenging subjects, is providing D-Jay with the confidence that he will come away from the program with a great future.

“In five years, I see myself in a nice [reliable] career instead of jumping from job to job. It’s a good experience and I’m having a real good time.”

In our second segment, students enrolled in the biomanufacturing program at Great Bay Community College are similarly excited — and appreciated. Through apprenticeships, also known as paid internships, at biopharmaceutical companies, these students are gaining the experience and confidence that comes with mastering complex scientific skills that will help lead to the development of life-saving drugs and medical products.

“Biotechnology is maturing all over the nation, as well as the globe, and that’s where lots of technician jobs are now being created,” explains Sonia Wallman, PhD, of the Northeast Biomanufacturing Center and Collaborative. “The bioeconomy means that you’re able to use [genetically modified] cells to act as factories for your product.” The students at Great Bay are learning the scientific underpinnings that will turn proteins into marketable drugs. “They are learning to do the jobs that are found in a biomanufacturing facility, particularly in production and quality control,” adds Dr. Wallman.

The cutting-edge nature of the industry, coupled with the college’s apprenticeship program, is particularly energizing and inspiring. “[Our students] feel very powerful,” says Dr. Wallman. “They are doing stuff that no one else their age is able to do and it makes them feel really just like sports heroes. They’re appreciated for their knowledge.”

Rewarding careers in interesting fields are the end result of these and other ATE programs — there’s plenty of reasons for students to feel good about their futures.