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11-3051.05 - Methane/Landfill Gas Collection System Operators

Direct daily operations, maintenance, or repair of landfill gas projects, including maintenance of daily logs, determination of service priorities, and compliance with reporting requirements.

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

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  • Monitor and control liquid or gas landfill extraction systems. Green Task Statement
  • Oversee gas collection landfill operations, including leachate and gas management or rail operations. Green Task Statement
  • Develop or enforce procedures for normal operation, start-up, or shut-down of methane gas collection systems. Green Task Statement
  • Evaluate landfill gas collection service requirements to meet operational plans and productivity goals. Green Task Statement
  • Implement landfill operational and emergency procedures. Green Task Statement
  • Inspect landfill or conduct site audits to ensure adherence to safety and environmental regulations. Green Task Statement
  • Maintain records for landfill gas collection systems to demonstrate compliance with safety and environmental laws, regulations, or policies. Green Task Statement
  • Monitor gas collection systems emissions data, including biomethane or nitrous oxide levels. Green Task Statement
  • Monitor landfill permit requirements for updates. Green Task Statement
  • Operate computerized control panels to manage gas compression operations. Green Task Statement

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

Anemometers — Micro anemometers
Combustible or hazardous gas detectors for power generators — Combustible gas monitors
Diesel generators — Diesel reciprocating engine generator sets
Flare or vent stacks — Enclosed flares; Open flares
Oxygen gas analyzers — Oxygen analyzers

Technology used in this occupation:

Analytical or scientific software — Landfill gas analysis software; Landtec System Software LFG Pro
Electronic mail software — Email software
Enterprise resource planning ERP software — SAP software; WorkTech MAXIMO
Facilities management software — Computerized maintenance management system CMMS software
Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel

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Interest code: CER

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.
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.
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

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.
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.
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.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages data collected from Industrial Production Managers.
Employment data collected from Industrial Production Managers.
Industry data collected from Industrial Production Managers.

Median wages (2013) $43.65 hourly, $90,790 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
Employment (2012) 173,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Decline (-3% or lower) Decline (-3% or lower)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 31,400
State trends Employment Trends
Top industries (2012)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2013 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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