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Environmental Engineer - Air Compliance

Date Posted:  Nov 16, 2022
Requisition ID:  415384

Indianapolis, IN, US, 46204


Work for Indiana

Grow your career with the State of Indiana! With more than 50 executive branch agencies, the State of Indiana is a diverse workforce offering employees stimulating and challenging projects across a broad scope of career opportunities. As a State of Indiana employee, you impact the well-being of Indiana’s communities every day.


At the State of Indiana, we don’t just talk about diversity and inclusion – Our goal is to create a welcoming, accessible, and equitable workplace, with a workforce that is representative of the State of Indiana population. As a proud equal opportunity employer, reasonable accommodations may be available to enable individuals with disabilities to interview and perform the essential functions of a role.


About the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM):
Our mission is to implement federal and state regulations to protect human health and the environment while allowing the environmentally sound operations of industrial, agricultural, commercial, and governmental activities vital to a prosperous economy.  We issue air, water, and solid and hazardous waste permits that restrict discharges to environmentally safe levels. Staff members inspect and monitor regulated entities; provide compliance and technical assistance; monitor and assess air, land, and water quality; use enforcement actions as necessary to ensure compliance, and respond to incidents involving spills to soil or waters of the state.


Position Overview:

In this role, you work independently as an air compliance inspector to ensure regulated sources comply with applicable state and federal air pollution control laws, rules, regulations, and permits.  You identify sources of air pollution, analyze problems, and recommend appropriate enforcement actions to encourage non-compliant sources to return to compliance promptly.  You are responsible for gathering evidence and serving as an expert witness at adjudicatory proceedings, if necessary.  You provide compliance and engineering expertise in industrial and manufacturing sectors, NSPS, MACTs, and NESHAPs for Branch and regional office staff.  You may be called upon to conduct special studies and projects, when necessary.


The salary for this position traditionally starts at $67,314.00 but may be commensurate with education or work experience.




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This Environmental Engineer 2 position exists within the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM), Office of Air Quality (OAQ), Compliance and Enforcement Branch.  The purpose of this position is to effectively use all compliance and enforcement tools and resources available to improve the air quality in the State of Indiana by ensuring all air pollution sources comply with applicable state and federal air pollution control laws, rules, regulations, and permits while incorporating innovative and voluntary compliance and pollution prevention approaches within the regulated community.


About the Job:

As an Air Compliance Inspector specializing in steel mini-mill and large foundry sources, you will be responsible for working to achieve compliance with, and enforcement of, state and federal laws, regulations, and standards in air pollution. In this position you will conduct inspections; investigate complaints; document findings in the form of letters, reports, and enforcement referrals; review permits; analyze problems; enter and maintain data in databases; and recommend courses of action to attain compliance with applicable laws, rules, and standards in conformance with the Agency policies and procedures. You will be required to drive on many day trips and some overnight trips to various air pollution sources throughout the state. You will support internal and external customers including Agency staff, consulting engineers, permit applicants, governmental officials, and the general public. This Air Compliance Inspector position does not require an engineering license or the ability to utilize Computer Assisted Design (CAD) related programs; nor does it require advanced knowledge of environmental sanitation, sanitary engineering, structural design, safety engineering, the principles and practices of land and water pollution control, occupational health and safety, or water supply.

A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows: 

  • Plan Review: Perform detailed technical engineering reviews and specifications of facilities and conducts on-site inspections to ensure that they meet the State of Indiana's standard guidelines. 
  • Permit Review: Conduct permit reviews including a review of permit application documents, plans, specifications, design summaries, and evaluation of the compliance history. 
  • Surveys/Inspection: Conduct surveys, special problems investigations, and inspections to collect data, collect samples for Lab analysis, prepare reports for administrative and/or regulatory action, and may testify at hearings and in court. 
  • Technical Assistance: Technically review plans and specifications with emphasis on identifying deficiencies and potential problems and recommending sound alternatives. 
  • Enforcement: Ensure facilities comply with safety requirements, advise enforcement staff on technical issues, prepare or review enforcement documents; attend hearings, prehearing conferences, and preparatory meetings; and testify as an expert witness at hearings or in court. 
  • Customer Service: Provide prompt responses back to the general public, consultants, contractors, government officials, and permit applicants.  

The job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities, and activities may change or be assigned at any time. 

What You'll Need for Success:

You must meet the following requirements to be considered for employment: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from an accredited four-year college. 
  • License to practice engineering in the State of Indiana. 
  • Four (4) years of experience in Engineering and related field. 
  • Thorough knowledge of, and ability to apply, federal, state, and local laws and regulations about the environment and the protection of the public’s health and safety.  
  • Advanced knowledge of the sciences including chemistry, environmental sanitation, sanitary engineering, structural design, mathematics, safety engineering, and physics.  
  • Ability to conduct surveys, inspections, and investigations and prepare reports for use as evidence and basis for recommendations for action.  
  • Ability to review plans and specifications for treatment and control systems with an emphasis on the identification of adverse environmental impacts and recommend more environmentally sound alternatives.  
  • Ability to do effective planning and time management skills, problem-solving, judgment, and communication skills 
  • Advanced knowledge of the principles and practices of air, land, water pollution, solid and hazardous waste and disposal, occupational health and safety, and/or water supply based on the division you will be assigned to. 
  • Ability to utilize Computer Assisted Design (CAD) related programs, electronic documentation, and database entry and maintenance. 

Additional Comment

Actual work experience with steel mini-mills or foundries is preferred.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:

This role does not provide direct supervision to direct reports.

Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:

The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefits package for full-time employees which includes: 

  • Three (3) medical plan options (including RX coverage) as well as vision and dental plans;
  • Wellness program (offers a premium discount for the medical plan and gift cards);
  • Health savings account, which includes bi-weekly state contribution; 
  • Flexible work scheduling options, including the potential for hybrid remote work for employees whose work may be performed outside state facilities;
  • Deferred compensation 457B account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match; 
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options; 
  • A robust, comprehensive program of leave policies covering a variety of employee needs, including but not limited to:
    • 150 hours of paid new parent leave; 
    • Up to 15 hours of paid community service leave;
  • Combined 180 hours of paid vacation, personal, and sick leave time off; 
  • 12 paid holidays, 14 on election years; 
  • Education Reimbursement Program;
  • Group life insurance; 
  • Referral Bonus program;
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits; 
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program; 
  • Free Parking for most positions;
  • Free LinkedIn Learning access;


Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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