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Summary Report for:
11-3051.03 - Biofuels Production Managers

Manage biofuels production and plant operations. Collect and process information on plant production and performance, diagnose problems, and design corrective procedures.

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

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Tasks  |  Tools & Technology  |  Education  |  Interests  |  Work Values  |  Wages & Employment  |  Job Openings  |  Additional Information

Tasks

  • Manage operations at biofuels power generation facilities, including production, shipping, maintenance, or quality assurance activities. Green Task Statement
  • Adjust temperature, pressure, vacuum, level, flow rate, or transfer of biofuels to maintain processes at required levels. Green Task Statement
  • Approve proposals for the acquisition, replacement, or repair of biofuels processing equipment or the implementation of new production processes. Green Task Statement
  • Conduct cost, material, and efficiency studies for biofuels production plants or operations. Green Task Statement
  • Monitor meters, flow gauges, or other real-time data to ensure proper operation of biofuels production equipment, implementing corrective measures as needed. Green Task Statement
  • Prepare and manage biofuels plant or unit budgets. Green Task Statement
  • Review logs, datasheets, or reports to ensure adequate production levels or to identify abnormalities with biofuels production equipment or processes. Green Task Statement
  • Shut down and restart biofuels plant or equipment in emergency situations or for equipment maintenance, repairs, or replacements. Green Task Statement
  • Supervise production employees in the manufacturing of biofuels, such as biodiesel or ethanol. Green Task Statement
  • Confer with technical and supervisory personnel to report or resolve conditions affecting biofuels plant safety, operational efficiency, and product quality. Green Task Statement

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

Control valves — Flow control valves FCV; Throttle control valves TCV
Globe valves — Stop valves
Laboratory mechanical convection ovens — Gravity convection ovens
Standard fermentation units — Fermentation processing vessels
Two way radios — Mobile radios

Technology used in this occupation:

Electronic mail software — Microsoft Outlook
Facilities management software — Computerized maintenance management system CMMS software
Industrial control software — Distributed control systems DCS software; Human machine interface HMI software
Office suite software — Microsoft Office software
Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel

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Education

This occupation may require a background in the following science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) educational disciplines:

Life Sciences — Biotechnology

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Interests

Interest code: ECR

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.
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.
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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Work Values

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.
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.
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.

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Wages & Employment Trends

National

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 (2012) 173,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Decline (-3% or lower) Decline (-3% or lower)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 31,400
Top industries (2012)

State & National

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Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2012 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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Job Openings on the Web

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State & National Job Banks

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Sources of Additional Information

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