South Africa is primarily powered by coal fired electricity which significantly impacts air quality, not only close to power generation plants, but also in geographies close to mining and agriculture. Effective air quality management requires sound policies and regulations, monitoring and legal enforcement. Air pollution control includes the use of engineering techniques to reduce atmospheric emissions that harm human and environmental health.
Air pollution control engineers often collaborate with environmental scientists, urban planners, hazardous waste technicians, engineers from other disciplines and even law and business professionals. They often visit sites of interest returning to office environments to develop plans and reports.
Air pollution control engineers must have the skills to analyse and understand pollution levels and have a solid understanding of pollution control techniques. They also need extensive knowledge of air quality policies and regulations, coupled with:
Evaluate and model air pollution sources
Monitor emissions and compliance with applicable regulations
Design and implement air quality procedures and processes
Advise on procedures for the mitigation or remediation of air pollution sites
B.Sc.Eng. in Civil Engineering at UCT, UKZN and Wits
B.Eng. in Civil Engineering at SU, UJ and UP
Diploma, Advanced Diploma, M.Tech in Civil Engineering at CPUT, CUT, DUT, MUT, TUT, UNISA, VUT and WSU
National, provincial and local government.
NGOs and private consultancies.