Details Report for:
11-9041.01 - Biofuels/Biodiesel Technology and Product Development Managers
Define, plan, or execute biofuels/biodiesel research programs that evaluate alternative feedstock and process technologies with near-term commercial potential.
This title represents an occupation for which data collection is currently underway.
- Conduct research to breed or develop energy crops with improved biomass yield, environmental adaptability, pest resistance, production efficiency, bioprocessing characteristics, or reduced environmental impacts.
- Oversee biodiesel/biofuels prototyping or development projects.
- Propose new biofuels products, processes, technologies or applications based on findings from applied biofuels or biomass research projects.
- Analyze data from biofuels studies, such as fluid dynamics, water treatments, or solvent extraction and recovery processes.
- Conduct experiments on biomass or pretreatment technologies.
- Conduct experiments to test new or alternate feedstock fermentation processes.
- Design chemical conversion processes, such as etherification, esterification, interesterification, transesterification, distillation, hydrogenation, oxidation or reduction of fats and oils, and vegetable oil refining.
- Design or conduct applied biodiesel or biofuels research projects on topics such as transport, thermodynamics, mixing, filtration, distillation, fermentation, extraction, and separation.
- Design or execute solvent or product recovery experiments in laboratory or field settings.
- Develop methods to estimate the efficiency of biomass pretreatments.
- Develop methods to recover ethanol or other fuels from complex bioreactor liquid and gas streams.
- Develop separation processes to recover biofuels.
- Perform protein functional analysis and engineering for processing of feedstock and creation of biofuels.
- Prepare biofuels research and development reports for senior management or technical professionals.
- Prepare, or oversee the preparation of, experimental plans for biofuels research or development.
- Provide technical or scientific guidance to technical staff in the conduct of biofuels research or development.
- Develop carbohydrates arrays and associated methods for screening enzymes involved in biomass conversion.
- Develop computational tools or approaches to improve biofuels research and development activities.
- Develop lab scale models of industrial scale processes, such as fermentation.
Tools used in this occupation:
|Bi distillation units — Distillation equipment|
|Dissolved oxygen meters — Dissolved oxygen monitors|
|Flow sensors — Flow indicators|
|Forced air or mechanical convection general purpose incubators — Forced convection incubators|
|Inverted microscopes — Inverted compound microscopes|
|Mass spectrometers — Gas chromatograph mass spectrometers GC-MS|
|Mixers or agitators — Flocculators|
|Remote reading thermometers — Temperature probes|
|Standard fermentation units — Fermentation systems|
|Temperature cycling chambers or thermal cyclers — Polymerase chain reaction PCR equipment|
Technology used in this occupation:
|Analytical or scientific software — Agilent ChemStation; Fleet Asset Management and Optimization Solutions FAMOS PEPSE; GE Energy GateCycle|
|Computer aided design CAD software|
|Electronic mail software — Email software|
|Internet browser software — Web browser software|
|Presentation software — Microsoft PowerPoint|
|Project management software — Microsoft Project|
|Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel|
|Word processing software — Microsoft Word|
This occupation may require a background in the following science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) educational disciplines:
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Wages & Employment Trends
Median wages data collected from Architectural and Engineering Managers.
Employment data collected from Architectural and Engineering Managers.
Industry data collected from Architectural and Engineering Managers.
|Median wages (2012)||$60.03 hourly, $124,870 annual|
|Employment (2010)||177,000 employees|
|Projected growth (2010-2020)||Slower than average (3% to 9%)|
|Projected job openings (2010-2020)||49,700|
|Top industries (2010)||
Manufacturing (38% 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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- Architectural and Engineering Managers . Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition.