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11-3051.03 - Biofuels Production Managers

Manage biofuels production and plant operations. Collect and process information on plant production and performance, diagnose problems, and design corrective procedures.

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  • Manage operations at biofuels power generation facilities, including production, shipping, maintenance, or quality assurance activities. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Adjust temperature, pressure, vacuum, level, flow rate, or transfer of biofuels to maintain processes at required levels. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Approve proposals for the acquisition, replacement, or repair of biofuels processing equipment or the implementation of new production processes. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Conduct cost, material, and efficiency studies for biofuels production plants or operations. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Monitor meters, flow gauges, or other real-time data to ensure proper operation of biofuels production equipment, implementing corrective measures as needed. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Prepare and manage biofuels plant or unit budgets. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Review logs, datasheets, or reports to ensure adequate production levels or to identify abnormalities with biofuels production equipment or processes. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Shut down and restart biofuels plant or equipment in emergency situations or for equipment maintenance, repairs, or replacements. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Supervise production employees in the manufacturing of biofuels, such as biodiesel or ethanol. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Confer with technical and supervisory personnel to report or resolve conditions affecting biofuels plant safety, operational efficiency, and product quality. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Draw samples of biofuels products or secondary by-products for quality control testing. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Monitor transportation and storage of flammable or other potentially dangerous feedstocks or products to ensure adherence to safety guidelines. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Provide direction to employees to ensure compliance with biofuels plant safety, environmental, or operational standards and regulations. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Provide training to subordinate or new employees to improve biofuels plant safety or increase the production of biofuels. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Air samplers or collectors — Air monitoring equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Alarm systems — Emergency alarm systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ball valves See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Belt conveyors — Belt conveyor systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Clock timers — Electric timing devices See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Control valves — Flow control valves FCV; Throttle control valves TCV See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Desktop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Forklifts See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Gate valves — Gate butterfly valves See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Globe valves — Stop valves See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hand pumps — Hand sampling pumps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory flasks — Reaction flasks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory graduated cylinders — Glass graduated cylinders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory mechanical convection ovens — Gravity convection ovens See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Moisture meters — Moisture analyzers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • pH meters — pH probes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Plant samples analysis equipment — Sample ports See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Respiration air supplying self contained breathing apparatus or accessories — Self-contained breathing apparatus See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Respirators — Dust and particulate respirators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Spill kits — Hazardous material spill kits See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Standard fermentation units — Fermentation processing vessels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Test sieves — Mole sieves See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Two way radios — Mobile radios See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Calendar and scheduling software — Employee scheduling software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Computer aided design CAD software — Autodesk AutoCAD software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Electronic mail software — Microsoft Outlook See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Facilities management software — Computerized maintenance management system CMMS software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Industrial control software — Distributed control systems DCS software; Human machine interface HMI software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Internet browser software — Web browser software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Inventory management software — Inventory control software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Office suite software — Microsoft Office software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Presentation software — Microsoft PowerPoint See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Word processing software — Microsoft Word See more occupations related to this technology.

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Detailed Work Activities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

  • Evaluate quality of materials or products. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Conduct employee training programs. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor green energy equipment, systems, or facilities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Supervise workers performing environmentally sustainable activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Evaluate green operations or programs for compliance with standards or regulations. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Direct green energy production operations. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Direct maintenance and repair activities in green energy production facilities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare operational budgets for green energy or other green operations. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Analyze data to determine project feasibility. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicate green energy production information. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate green energy production equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Evaluate energy production data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Train employees on environmental awareness, conservation, or safety topics. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Education

This occupation may require a background in the following science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) educational disciplines:

Life Sciences — Biotechnology

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Interests   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Occupational Interest
Interest
100 
Enterprising — Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.See more occupations related to this interest.
78 
Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.See more occupations related to this interest.
50 
Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.See more occupations related to this interest.
39 
Investigative — Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.See more occupations related to this interest.
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Social — Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.See more occupations related to this interest.
6 
Artistic — Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.See more occupations related to this interest.

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Extent
Work Value
83 
Working Conditions — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.See more occupations related to this work value.
78 
Achievement — Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.See more occupations related to this work value.
78 
Recognition — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.See more occupations related to this work value.
72 
Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.See more occupations related to this work value.
56 
Relationships — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.See more occupations related to this work value.
56 
Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.See more occupations related to this work value.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages data collected from Industrial Production Managers.
Employment data collected from Industrial Production Managers.
Industry data collected from Industrial Production Managers.

Median wages (2014) $44.46 hourly, $92,470 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 173,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Decline (-3% or lower) Decline (-3% or lower)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 31,400
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2012)
Manufacturing (76% employed in this sector)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data external site and 2012-2022 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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