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Example: “Scrubbers are more effective than baghouses in removing particulate matter from the air because they can handle higher temperatures. However, scrubbers require a lot of energy to operate, which is why I would only use them if there was no other option. For example, if I needed to reduce emissions at a facility with high heat levels, like a steel mill, then I would use a scrubber.”
Example: “I am familiar with the EPA’s National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants. These standards help protect human health and the environment from emissions of hazardous air pollutants. I worked on several projects where we had to adhere to these standards. For example, at my last job, we were tasked with reducing our facility’s emissions of mercury by 90%. We used best practices outlined in the EPA’s standards to reduce our facility’s mercury emissions by 95% within six months.”
Working in a team environment is an important part of being an air quality engineer. Employers ask this question to make sure you understand how your personality and skills can contribute to the success of their company’s projects. In your answer, explain that you are willing to collaborate with other members of the team. Explain that you enjoy working with others who have different skill sets than yourself.
Example: “I would first conduct research on the current heating system at the facility. I would then determine if there are any other options for switching from natural gas to electric heating systems. If so, I would evaluate each option based on cost, efficiency and safety. If not, I would recommend that the company wait until they can switch to an electric heating system.”
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is a federal agency that regulates air quality. The EPA’s National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) are standards that regulate hazardous pollutants released into the air by industrial facilities. Your interviewer may ask you this question to see if you have experience working with these regulations and how you would apply them in your role as an air quality engineer. In your answer, try to explain what NESHAP is and why it’s important to follow these guidelines.
How do you analyze the content of contaminated water?
Tests the candidate’s ability to develop effective training programs.
Can you describe your method for conducting field inspections?
Highlights the candidate’s ability to perform thorough field inspections.
This is your time to shine. Just remember the interviewer is looking for work related strengths As Air Quality Control Specialist. Mention a number of them such as being a good motivator, problem solver, performing well under pressure, being loyal, having a positive attitude, eager to learn, taking initiative, and attention to detail. Whichever you go for, be prepared to give examples that illustrate this particular skill.
The key is to show that the mentoring of a co-worker was first a higher priority than the task you had at hand (remember, you want to show that you focus on highest priority tasks first). Then, describe in detail how you helped them not only complete the task but learn to do it on their own. You want to teach them HOW to fish and not to simply fish for them.
This is a common one at startups. Hiring managers want to know that you not only have some background on the company, but that youre able to think critically about it and come to the table with new ideas. So, come with new ideas! What new features would you love to see? How could the company increase conversions? How could customer service be improved? You dont need to have the companys four-year strategy figured out, but do share your thoughts, and more importantly, show how your interests and expertise would lend themselves to the job.
Use your knowledge of the job description to demonstrate how you are a suitable match for the role.
If possible, cite role models youre truly passionate about – passion is contagious and will show youre being genuine. If the role model is in the same or similar industry as the company in an executive level position, even better.