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Summary Report for:
51-8099.02 - Methane/Landfill Gas Generation System Technicians

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

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

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

Tasks

  • Operate landfill gas, methane, or natural gas fueled electrical generation systems. Green Task Statement
  • 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
  • Balance individual gas extraction wells at landfill gas facilities. Green Task Statement
  • Diagnose or troubleshoot problems with methane or landfill gas collection systems. Green Task Statement
  • Download landfill gas well field monitoring data. Green Task Statement
  • Measure landfill gas vegetative covering, installing additional covering as required. Green Task Statement
  • Measure liquid levels in landfill gas extraction wells. Green Task Statement
  • Monitor landfill well fields periodically to ensure proper functioning and performance. Green Task Statement
  • Prepare and submit compliance, operational, and safety forms or reports. Green Task Statement
  • Read, interpret, and adjust monitoring equipment, such as flow meters and pressure or vacuum gauges. 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
Flare or vent stacks — Enclosed flares; Open flares
Oxygen gas analyzers — Oxygen analyzers
Water pumps

Technology used in this occupation:

Analytical or scientific software — Landfill gas analysis software; Landtec System Software LFG Pro
Electronic mail software — Email software
Office suite software — Microsoft Office software
Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel
Word processing software — Microsoft Word

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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.
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 (2013) $26.19 hourly, $54,470 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 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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