Details Report for:
11-3051.05 - Methane/Landfill Gas Collection System Operators
Direct daily operations, maintenance, or repair of landfill gas projects, including maintenance of daily logs, determination of service priorities, and compliance with reporting requirements.
This title represents an occupation for which data collection is currently underway.
- Monitor and control liquid or gas landfill extraction systems.
- Oversee gas collection landfill operations, including leachate and gas management or rail operations.
- Develop or enforce procedures for normal operation, start-up, or shut-down of methane gas collection systems.
- Evaluate landfill gas collection service requirements to meet operational plans and productivity goals.
- Implement landfill operational and emergency procedures.
- Inspect landfill or conduct site audits to ensure adherence to safety and environmental regulations.
- Maintain records for landfill gas collection systems to demonstrate compliance with safety and environmental laws, regulations, or policies.
- Monitor gas collection systems emissions data, including biomethane or nitrous oxide levels.
- Monitor landfill permit requirements for updates.
- Operate computerized control panels to manage gas compression operations.
- Optimize gas collection landfill operational costs and productivity consistent with safety and environmental rules and regulations.
- Oversee landfill gas collection system construction, maintenance, and repair activities.
- Prepare and manage landfill gas collection system budgets.
- Prepare soil reports as required by regulatory or permitting agencies.
- Supervise landfill, well field, and other subordinate employees.
- Read meters, gauges, or automatic recording devices at specified intervals to verify gas collection systems operating conditions.
- Coordinate the repair, overhaul, or routine maintenance of diesel engines used in landfill operations.
- Diagnose or troubleshoot gas collection equipment and programmable logic controller (PLC) systems.
- Prepare reports on landfill operations and gas collection system productivity or efficiency.
- Recommend or implement practices to reduce turnaround time for trucks in and out of landfill site.
- Track volume and weight of landfill waste.
Tools used in this occupation:
|All terrain vehicles tracked or wheeled — All terrain vehicles ATV|
|Anemometers — Micro anemometers|
|Combustible or hazardous gas detectors for power generators — Combustible gas monitors|
|Diesel generators — Diesel reciprocating engine generator sets|
|Flare or vent stacks — Enclosed flares; Open flares|
|Gas detectors — Gas leak detectors|
|Gas generators — Gas reciprocating engine generator sets|
|Oxygen gas analyzers — Oxygen analyzers|
|Safety valves — Pressure valves|
Technology used in this occupation:
|Analytical or scientific software — Landfill gas analysis software; Landtec System Software LFG Pro|
|Calendar and scheduling software — Employee scheduling software|
|Electronic mail software — Email software|
|Enterprise resource planning ERP software — SAP software; WorkTech MAXIMO|
|Facilities management software — Computerized maintenance management system CMMS software|
|Industrial control software — Distributed control systems DCS software|
|Internet browser software — Web browser software|
|Office suite software — Microsoft Office software|
|Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel|
|Word processing software — Microsoft Word|
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|72||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.|
|61||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.|
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|11||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.|
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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 (2012)||$42.88 hourly, $89,190 annual|
|Employment (2010)||150,000 employees|
|Projected growth (2010-2020)||Slower than average (3% to 9%)|
|Projected job openings (2010-2020)||49,000|
|Top industries (2010)||
Manufacturing (79% employed in this sector)
State & National
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2012 wage data and 2010-2020 employment projections . "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2010-2020). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.
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Sources of Additional Information
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- Industrial Production Managers . Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition.