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Summary Report for:
51-8099.01 - Biofuels Processing Technicians

Calculate, measure, load, mix, and process refined feedstock with additives in fermentation or reaction process vessels and monitor production process. Perform, and keep records of, plant maintenance, repairs, and safety inspections.

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  • Calculate, measure, load, or mix refined feedstock used in biofuels production. Green Task Statement
  • Operate chemical processing equipment for the production of biofuels. Green Task Statement
  • Operate equipment, such as a centrifuge, to extract biofuels products and secondary by-products or reusable fractions. Green Task Statement
  • Operate valves, pumps, engines, or generators to control and adjust biofuels production. Green Task Statement
  • Process refined feedstock with additives in fermentation or reaction process vessels. Green Task Statement
  • Assess the quality of biofuels additives for reprocessing. Green Task Statement
  • Calibrate liquid flow devices and meters including fuel, chemical, and water meters. Green Task Statement
  • Collect biofuels samples and perform routine laboratory tests or analyses to assess biofuels quality. Green Task Statement
  • Inspect biofuels plant or processing equipment regularly, recording or reporting damage and mechanical problems. Green Task Statement
  • Measure and monitor raw biofuels feedstock. Green Task Statement

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

Air samplers or collectors — Air monitoring equipment; Emissions monitoring systems
Control valves — Flow control valves FCV; Throttle control valves TCV
Distillation pipings or columns or fittings — Distillation columns; Stripper columns
Pressure transmitters — Pressure gauges
Titration equipment — Autotitrators; Titrators

Technology used in this occupation:

Facilities management software — Computerized maintenance management system CMMS software
Industrial control software — Digital control systems DCS software; Human machine interface HMI software
Inventory management software — Inventory control software
Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel
Word processing software — Microsoft Word

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Interest code: RCI

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.
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.
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.

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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.
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.

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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)

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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