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51-8099.01 - Biofuels Processing Technicians

Calculate, measure, load, mix, and process refined feedstock with additives in fermentation or reaction process vessels and monitor production process. Perform, and keep records of, plant maintenance, repairs, and safety inspections.

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Tasks   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

  • Calculate, measure, load, or mix refined feedstock used in biofuels production. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Operate chemical processing equipment for the production of biofuels. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Operate equipment, such as a centrifuge, to extract biofuels products and secondary by-products or reusable fractions. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Operate valves, pumps, engines, or generators to control and adjust biofuels production. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Process refined feedstock with additives in fermentation or reaction process vessels. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Assess the quality of biofuels additives for reprocessing. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Calibrate liquid flow devices and meters including fuel, chemical, and water meters. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Collect biofuels samples and perform routine laboratory tests or analyses to assess biofuels quality. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Inspect biofuels plant or processing equipment regularly, recording or reporting damage and mechanical problems. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Measure and monitor raw biofuels feedstock. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Monitor and record biofuels processing data. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Monitor and record flow meter performance. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Monitor batch, continuous flow, or hybrid biofuels production processes. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Monitor stored biofuels products or secondary by-products until reused or transferred to users. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Preprocess feedstock in preparation for physical, chemical, or biological fuel production processes. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Clean biofuels processing work area, ensuring compliance with safety regulations. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Coordinate raw product sourcing or collection. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Perform routine maintenance on mechanical, electrical, or electronic equipment or instruments used in the processing of biofuels. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Rebuild, repair, or replace biofuels processing equipment components. 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:

  • Adjustable widemouth pliers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Adjustable wrenches — Adjustable hand wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Air compressors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Air conveyors — Pneumatic conveyor systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Air dryers — Materials dryers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Air samplers or collectors — Air monitoring equipment; Emissions monitoring systems 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.
  • Benchtop centrifuges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Binocular light compound microscopes 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.
  • Deionization or demineralization equipment — Demineralizers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Desktop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Digestion systems — Methanators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Distillation pipings or columns or fittings — Distillation columns; Stripper columns See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ear plugs — Protective ear plugs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Evaporative coolers — Cooling towers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Filtering machinery — Belt filters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Flow transmitters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Forklifts See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Front end loaders — Wheeled front end loaders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Gas chromatographs — Gas chromatographs GC 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.
  • Grinding mills — Milling equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hand pumps — Hand sampling pumps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Handheld refractometers or polarimeters — Portable refractometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Heat exchangers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • High pressure liquid chromatograph chromatography — High pressure liquid chromatograph HPLC equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hoists — Chain hoists See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hydrometers — Digital hydrometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Infrared imagers — Infrared temperature guns See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory crushers or pulverizers — Crusher screens See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory evaporators — High vacuum evaporation systems 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.
  • Laboratory mixers — Agitators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory sifting equipment — Sifting screens See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Level sensors or transmitters — Level transmitters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Mixers or agitators — Static mixers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Moisture balances — Halogen moisture balances See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Moisture meters — Moisture analyzers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pallet trucks — Pallet jacks 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.
  • Pressure transmitters — Pressure gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Protective gloves — Safety gloves 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.
  • Reverse osmosis equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Safety harnesses or belts — Fall protection harnesses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Screwdrivers — Phillips head screwdrivers; Straight screwdrivers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Skid steer loaders 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.
  • Temperature transmitters — Temperature sensors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Test sieves — Mole sieves See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Titration equipment — Autotitrators; Titrators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Two way radios — Mobile radios See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Vacuum or mercury vapour equipment — Vacuum systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Viscosimeters — Viscosity meters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Water samplers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Water tube boiler — Steam boilers See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Facilities management software — Computerized maintenance management system CMMS software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Industrial control software — Digital control systems DCS software; Human machine interface HMI software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Inventory management software — Inventory control software 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.
  • Calculate specific material, equipment, or labor requirements for production. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Collect samples of materials or products for testing. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Direct operational or production activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Measure ingredients or substances to be used in production processes. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain sustainable energy production equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Record operational or production data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Load materials into production equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Adjust equipment controls to regulate flow of water, cleaning solutions, or other liquids. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate biomass or biofuel production equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Clean work areas. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate pumping systems or equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Replace worn equipment components. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Notify others of equipment repair or maintenance needs. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspect sustainable energy production facilities or equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Measure stock or liquid levels in sustainable fuel production systems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare biological feedstock for physical, chemical, or biological processing. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor biofuel production operations. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Interests   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Occupational Interest
Interest
83 
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.
50 
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.
33 
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.
17 
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.
6 
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.
0 
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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Work Values   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Extent
Work Value
50 
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.
45 
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.
45 
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.
28 
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.
28 
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.
28 
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.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages data collected from Plant and System Operators, All Other.
Employment data collected from Plant and System Operators, All Other.
Industry data collected from Plant and System Operators, All Other.

Median wages (2014) $26.55 hourly, $55,230 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 12,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Little or no change (-2% to 2%) Little or no change (-2% to 2%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 4,500
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2012)
Government (30% employed in this sector)
Utilities (10%)

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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