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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.

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Tasks

  • Monitor and control liquid or gas landfill extraction systems. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Oversee gas collection landfill operations, including leachate and gas management or rail operations. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Develop or enforce procedures for normal operation, start-up, or shut-down of methane gas collection systems. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Evaluate landfill gas collection service requirements to meet operational plans and productivity goals. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Implement landfill operational and emergency procedures. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Inspect landfill or conduct site audits to ensure adherence to safety and environmental regulations. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Maintain records for landfill gas collection systems to demonstrate compliance with safety and environmental laws, regulations, or policies. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Monitor gas collection systems emissions data, including biomethane or nitrous oxide levels. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Monitor landfill permit requirements for updates. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Operate computerized control panels to manage gas compression operations. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Optimize gas collection landfill operational costs and productivity consistent with safety and environmental rules and regulations. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Oversee landfill gas collection system construction, maintenance, and repair activities. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Prepare and manage landfill gas collection system budgets. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Prepare soil reports as required by regulatory or permitting agencies. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Supervise landfill, well field, and other subordinate employees. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Read meters, gauges, or automatic recording devices at specified intervals to verify gas collection systems operating conditions. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Coordinate the repair, overhaul, or routine maintenance of diesel engines used in landfill operations. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Diagnose or troubleshoot gas collection equipment and programmable logic controller (PLC) systems. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Prepare reports on landfill operations and gas collection system productivity or efficiency. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Recommend or implement practices to reduce turnaround time for trucks in and out of landfill site. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Track volume and weight of landfill waste. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Air samplers or collectors — Air samplers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • All terrain vehicles tracked or wheeled — All terrain vehicles ATV See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Anemometers — Micro anemometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Combustible or hazardous gas detectors for power generators — Combustible gas monitors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Desktop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Diesel generators — Diesel reciprocating engine generator sets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Flare or vent stacks — Enclosed flares; Open flares See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Gas detectors — Gas leak detectors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Gas generators — Gas reciprocating engine generator sets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Light trucks or sport utility vehicles — Utility trucks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Multi gas monitors — Multiple gas monitors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Notebook computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Oxygen gas analyzers — Oxygen analyzers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pressure sensors — Pressure gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Safety valves — Pressure valves See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Analytical or scientific software — Landfill gas analysis software; Landtec System Software LFG Pro See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Calendar and scheduling software — Employee scheduling software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Electronic mail software — Email software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Enterprise resource planning ERP software — SAP software; WorkTech MAXIMO See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Facilities management software — Computerized maintenance management system CMMS software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Industrial control software — Distributed control systems DCS software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Internet browser software — Web browser software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Office suite software — Microsoft Office 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

  • Maintain regulatory or compliance documentation. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor external affairs or events affecting business operations. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor green energy equipment, systems, or facilities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Supervise workers performing environmentally sustainable activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Direct green energy production operations. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Direct maintenance and repair activities in green energy production facilities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare reports related to compliance matters. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare operational budgets for green energy or other green operations. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Recommend organizational process or policy changes. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Develop sustainable organizational policies or practices. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicate green energy production information. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate green energy production equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain green energy production plant equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Evaluate energy production data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Conduct environmental audits. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Credentials

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Interests

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. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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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. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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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 (2014) $44.46 hourly, $92,470 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 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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Job Openings on the Web

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