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51-8099.02 - Methane/Landfill Gas Generation System Technicians

Monitor, operate, and maintain landfill gas collection system components and environmental monitoring and control systems.

This title represents an occupation for which data collection is currently underway.

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Tasks   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

  • Operate landfill gas, methane, or natural gas fueled electrical generation systems. Green Task Statement
  • Perform routine maintenance or minor repairs to landfill gas collection and power generation systems, including equipment such as pneumatic pumps, blower or flare systems, and condensate management systems. Green Task Statement
  • Balance individual gas extraction wells at landfill gas facilities. Green Task Statement
  • Diagnose or troubleshoot problems with methane or landfill gas collection systems. Green Task Statement
  • Download landfill gas well field monitoring data. Green Task Statement
  • Measure landfill gas vegetative covering, installing additional covering as required. Green Task Statement
  • Measure liquid levels in landfill gas extraction wells. Green Task Statement
  • Monitor landfill well fields periodically to ensure proper functioning and performance. Green Task Statement
  • Prepare and submit compliance, operational, and safety forms or reports. Green Task Statement
  • Read, interpret, and adjust monitoring equipment, such as flow meters and pressure or vacuum gauges. Green Task Statement
  • Record and maintain log of well-head gauge pressure readings. Green Task Statement
  • Verify that well field monitoring data conforms to applicable regulations. Green Task Statement
  • Analyze the layout, instrumentation, or function of electrical generation or transmission facilities. Green Task Statement
  • Monitor landfill gas perimeter probes to identify landfill gas migration. Green Task Statement
  • Perform landfill surface scans to determine overall effectiveness of the landfill gas site. Green Task Statement
  • Repair or replace landfill gas piping. Green Task Statement
  • Trace electrical circuitry for landfill gas buildings to ensure compliance of electrical systems with applicable codes or laws. Green Task Statement

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Tools & Technology   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

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
Flare or vent stacks — Enclosed flares; Open flares
Flowmeters — Flow monitoring equipment
Gas detectors — Gas leak detectors
Gas generators — Portable gas-powered generators
Grease guns — Grease dispensing guns
Infrared imagers — Infrared analyzers
Oxygen gas analyzers — Oxygen analyzers
Safety valves — Pressure valves
Screwdrivers — Phillips head screwdrivers; Straight screwdrivers
Temperature transmitters — Temperature sensors

Technology used in this occupation:

Analytical or scientific software — Landfill gas analysis software; Landtec System Software LFG Pro
Electronic mail software — Email software
Internet browser software — Web browser software
Office suite software — Microsoft Office software
Presentation software — Microsoft PowerPoint
Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel
Word processing software — Microsoft Word

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Interests   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Occupational 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.
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.
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.
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.
  Social — Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
 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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Work Values   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

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.
50   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.
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.
33   Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
33   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.
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.

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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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