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51-8099.02 - Methane/Landfill Gas Generation System Technicians

Monitor, operate, and maintain landfill gas collection system components and environmental monitoring and control systems.

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Tasks

  • Operate landfill gas, methane, or natural gas fueled electrical generation systems. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • 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. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Balance individual gas extraction wells at landfill gas facilities. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Diagnose or troubleshoot problems with methane or landfill gas collection systems. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Download landfill gas well field monitoring data. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Measure landfill gas vegetative covering, installing additional covering as required. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Measure liquid levels in landfill gas extraction wells. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Monitor landfill well fields periodically to ensure proper functioning and performance. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Prepare and submit compliance, operational, and safety forms or reports. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Read, interpret, and adjust monitoring equipment, such as flow meters and pressure or vacuum gauges. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Record and maintain log of well-head gauge pressure readings. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Verify that well field monitoring data conforms to applicable regulations. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Analyze the layout, instrumentation, or function of electrical generation or transmission facilities. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Monitor landfill gas perimeter probes to identify landfill gas migration. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Perform landfill surface scans to determine overall effectiveness of the landfill gas site. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Repair or replace landfill gas piping. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Trace electrical circuitry for landfill gas buildings to ensure compliance of electrical systems with applicable codes or laws. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Adjustable widemouth pliers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Adjustable wrenches — Adjustable hand wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Air compressors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • 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.
  • Backhoes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Claw hammer — Claw hammers 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.
  • Dump trucks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Flare or vent stacks — Enclosed flares; Open flares See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Flowmeters — Flow monitoring equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Gas detectors — Gas leak detectors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Gas generators — Portable gas-powered generators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Grease guns — Grease dispensing guns See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hand pumps — Hand sampling pumps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Infrared imagers — Infrared analyzers 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.
  • Portable data input terminals — Dataloggers 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.
  • Screwdrivers — Phillips head screwdrivers; Straight screwdrivers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Skid steer loaders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Temperature transmitters — Temperature sensors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Water pumps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Water samplers 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.
  • Electronic mail software — Email 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.
  • Presentation software — Microsoft PowerPoint 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 sustainable energy production equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Diagnose equipment malfunctions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Record operational or production data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Replace worn equipment components. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Test electrical equipment or systems to ensure proper functioning. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate natural gas generation equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Measure stock or liquid levels in sustainable fuel production systems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Download data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor conditions at energy-producing landfills. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Interests

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

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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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