Details Report for:
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.
- Operate landfill gas, methane, or natural gas fueled electrical generation systems.
- 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.
- Balance individual gas extraction wells at landfill gas facilities.
- Diagnose or troubleshoot problems with methane or landfill gas collection systems.
- Download landfill gas well field monitoring data.
- Measure landfill gas vegetative covering, installing additional covering as required.
- Measure liquid levels in landfill gas extraction wells.
- Monitor landfill well fields periodically to ensure proper functioning and performance.
- Prepare and submit compliance, operational, and safety forms or reports.
- Read, interpret, and adjust monitoring equipment, such as flow meters and pressure or vacuum gauges.
- Record and maintain log of well-head gauge pressure readings.
- Verify that well field monitoring data conforms to applicable regulations.
- Analyze the layout, instrumentation, or function of electrical generation or transmission facilities.
- Monitor landfill gas perimeter probes to identify landfill gas migration.
- Perform landfill surface scans to determine overall effectiveness of the landfill gas site.
- Repair or replace landfill gas piping.
- Trace electrical circuitry for landfill gas buildings to ensure compliance of electrical systems with applicable codes or laws.
Tools used in this occupation:
|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 generators — Portable gas-powered generators|
|Grease guns — Grease dispensing guns|
|Hammers — Claw hammers|
|Infrared imagers — Infrared analyzers|
|Oxygen gas analyzers — Oxygen analyzers|
|Screwdrivers — Phillips head screwdrivers; Straight screwdrivers|
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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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 (2012)||$25.55 hourly, $53,130 annual|
|Employment (2012)||12,000 employees|
|Projected growth (2012-2022)||Little or no change (-2% to 2%)|
|Projected job openings (2012-2022)||4,500|
|Top industries (2012)||
Government (30% employed in this sector)
State & National
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2012 wage data and 2012-2022 employment projections . "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.