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Green Occupation:
51-8099.03 - Biomass Plant 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.

Biomass plant 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:

  • Assess quality of biomass feedstock.
  • Calculate, measure, load, or mix biomass feedstock for power generation.
  • Calibrate liquid flow devices or meters, including fuel, chemical, and water meters.
  • Clean work areas to ensure compliance with safety regulations.
  • Inspect biomass power plant or processing equipment, recording or reporting damage and mechanical problems.
  • Manage parts and supply inventories for biomass plants.
  • Measure and monitor raw biomass feedstock, including wood, waste, or refuse materials.
  • Operate biomass fuel-burning boiler or biomass fuel gasification system equipment in accordance with specifications or instructions.
  • Operate equipment to heat biomass, using knowledge of controls, combustion, and firing mechanisms.
  • Operate equipment to start, stop, or regulate biomass-fueled generators, generator units, boilers, engines, or auxiliary systems.
  • Operate high-pressure steam boiler or water chiller equipment for electrical cogeneration operations.
  • Operate valves, pumps, engines, or generators to control and adjust production of biofuels or biomass-fueled power.
  • Perform routine maintenance or make minor repairs to mechanical, electrical, or electronic equipment in biomass plants.
  • Preprocess feedstock to prepare for biochemical or thermochemical production processes.
  • Read and interpret instruction manuals or technical drawings related to biomass-fueled power or biofuels production equipment or processes.
  • Record or report operational data such as readings on meters, instruments, and gauges.