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Green Occupation:
51-8099.02 - Methane/Landfill Gas Generation System Technicians

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.

Methane/landfill gas generation system technicians 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:

  • Analyze the layout, instrumentation, or function of electrical generation or transmission facilities.
  • Balance individual gas extraction wells at landfill gas facilities.
  • Diagnose or troubleshoot problems with methane or landfill gas collection systems.
  • Download landfill gas well field monitoring data.
  • Measure landfill gas vegetative covering, installing additional covering as required.
  • Measure liquid levels in landfill gas extraction wells.
  • Monitor landfill gas perimeter probes to identify landfill gas migration.
  • Monitor landfill well fields periodically to ensure proper functioning and performance.
  • Operate landfill gas, methane, or natural gas fueled electrical generation systems.
  • Perform landfill surface scans to determine overall effectiveness of the landfill gas site.
  • Perform routine maintenance or minor repairs to landfill gas collection and power generation systems, including equipment such as pneumatic pumps, blower or flare systems, and condensate management systems.
  • Prepare and submit compliance, operational, and safety forms or reports.
  • Read, interpret, and adjust monitoring equipment, such as flow meters and pressure or vacuum gauges.
  • Record and maintain log of well-head gauge pressure readings.
  • Repair or replace landfill gas piping.
  • Trace electrical circuitry for landfill gas buildings to ensure compliance of electrical systems with applicable codes or laws.
  • Verify that well field monitoring data conforms to applicable regulations.