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Green Occupation:
11-3051.04 - Biomass Power Plant Managers

Green occupations will likely change as a result of the green economy. Green economy activities and technologies are increasing the demand for occupations, shaping the work and worker requirements needed for occupational performance, or generating new and emerging occupations.

This is a Green New & Emerging occupation — the impact of green economy activities and technologies is sufficient to create the need for unique work and worker requirements, which results in the generation of new occupations.

Biomass power plant managers work in the following green economy sectors:

  • Renewable Energy Generation — This sector covers activities related to developing and using energy sources such as solar, wind, geothermal, and biomass. This sector also includes traditional, non-renewable sources of energy undergoing significant green technological changes (e.g., oil, coal, gas, and nuclear).

They perform these tasks important to the green economy:

  • Adjust equipment controls to generate specified amounts of electrical power.
  • Compile and record operational data on forms or in log books.
  • Conduct field inspections of biomass plants, stations, or substations to ensure normal and safe operating conditions.
  • Evaluate power production or demand trends to identify opportunities for improved operations.
  • Inspect biomass gasification processes, equipment, and facilities for ways to maximize capacity and minimize operating costs.
  • Manage parts and supply inventories for biomass plants.
  • Monitor and operate communications systems, such as mobile radios.
  • Monitor the operating status of biomass plants by observing control system parameters, distributed control systems, switchboard gauges, dials, or other indicators.
  • Operate controls to start, stop, or regulate biomass-fueled generators, generator units, boilers, engines, or auxiliary systems.
  • Plan and schedule plant activities such as wood, waste, or refuse fuel deliveries, ash removal, and regular maintenance.
  • Prepare and manage biomass plant budgets.
  • Prepare reports on biomass plant operations, status, maintenance, and other information.
  • Review biomass operations performance specifications to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements.
  • Review logs, datasheets, or reports to ensure adequate production levels and safe production environments or to identify abnormalities with power production equipment or processes.
  • Shut down and restart biomass power plants or equipment in emergency situations or for equipment maintenance, repairs, or replacements.
  • Supervise biomass plant or substation operations, maintenance, repair, or testing activities.
  • Supervise operations or maintenance employees in the production of power from biomass such as wood, coal, paper sludge, or other waste or refuse.
  • Test, maintain, or repair electrical power distribution machinery or equipment, using hand tools, power tools, and testing devices.