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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.

Sample of reported job titles: Biofuels Processing Technician, Board Operator, Chemical Operator, Ethanol Operator, Kettle Operator, Mash Preparatory Operator, Operator, Process Operator, Process Technician, Production Operator

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Tasks   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Category Task
94   Core
Monitor batch, continuous flow, or hybrid biofuels production processes.  Green Task Statement
93   Core
Operate valves, pumps, engines, or generators to control and adjust biofuels production.  Green Task Statement
93   Core
Monitor and record biofuels processing data.  Green Task Statement
93   Core
Collect biofuels samples and perform routine laboratory tests or analyses to assess biofuels quality.  Green Task Statement
88   Core
Operate equipment, such as a centrifuge, to extract biofuels products and secondary by-products or reusable fractions.  Green Task Statement
87   Core
Process refined feedstock with additives in fermentation or reaction process vessels.  Green Task Statement
86   Core
Operate chemical processing equipment for the production of biofuels.  Green Task Statement
85   Core
Monitor and record flow meter performance.  Green Task Statement
85   Core
Inspect biofuels plant or processing equipment regularly, recording or reporting damage and mechanical problems.  Green Task Statement
83   Core
Measure and monitor raw biofuels feedstock.  Green Task Statement
81   Core
Preprocess feedstock in preparation for physical, chemical, or biological fuel production processes.  Green Task Statement
80   Core
Calculate, measure, load, or mix refined feedstock used in biofuels production.  Green Task Statement
80   Core
Monitor stored biofuels products or secondary by-products until reused or transferred to users.  Green Task Statement
77   Core
Assess the quality of biofuels additives for reprocessing.  Green Task Statement
76   Core
Clean biofuels processing work area, ensuring compliance with safety regulations.  Green Task Statement
74   Core
Perform routine maintenance on mechanical, electrical, or electronic equipment or instruments used in the processing of biofuels.  Green Task Statement
73   Core
Calibrate liquid flow devices and meters, including fuel, chemical, and water meters.  Green Task Statement
73   Core
Rebuild, repair, or replace biofuels processing equipment components.  Green Task Statement
78   Supplemental
Coordinate raw product sourcing or collection.  Green Task Statement

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Technology Skills   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

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

Hot technology Hot Technology — a technology requirement frequently included in employer job postings.

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Tools Used   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

  • Adjustable widemouth pliers
  • Adjustable wrenches — Adjustable hand wrenches
  • Air compressors
  • Air conveyors — Pneumatic conveyor systems
  • Air dryers — Materials dryers
  • Air samplers or collectors — Air monitoring equipment; Emissions monitoring systems
  • Alarm systems — Emergency alarm systems
  • Ball valves
  • Belt conveyors — Belt conveyor systems
  • Benchtop centrifuges
  • Binocular light compound microscopes
  • Clock timers — Electric timing devices
  • Control valves — Flow control valves FCV; Throttle control valves TCV
  • Deionization or demineralization equipment — Demineralizers
  • Desktop computers
  • Digestion systems — Methanators
  • Distillation pipings or columns or fittings — Distillation columns; Stripper columns
  • Ear plugs — Protective ear plugs
  • Evaporative coolers — Cooling towers
  • Filtering machinery — Belt filters
  • Flow transmitters
  • Forklifts
  • Front end loaders — Wheeled front end loaders
  • Gas chromatographs — Gas chromatographs GC
  • Gate valves — Gate butterfly valves
  • Globe valves — Stop valves
  • Grinding mills — Milling equipment
  • Hand pumps — Hand sampling pumps
  • Handheld refractometers or polarimeters — Portable refractometers
  • Heat exchangers
  • High pressure liquid chromatograph chromatography — High pressure liquid chromatograph HPLC equipment
  • Hoists — Chain hoists
  • Hydrometers — Digital hydrometers
  • Infrared imagers — Infrared temperature guns
  • Laboratory crushers or pulverizers — Crusher screens
  • Laboratory evaporators — High vacuum evaporation systems
  • Laboratory flasks — Reaction flasks
  • Laboratory graduated cylinders — Glass graduated cylinders
  • Laboratory mechanical convection ovens — Gravity convection ovens
  • Laboratory mixers — Agitators
  • Laboratory sifting equipment — Sifting screens
  • Level sensors or transmitters — Level transmitters
  • Mixers or agitators — Static mixers
  • Moisture balances — Halogen moisture balances
  • Moisture meters — Moisture analyzers
  • Pallet trucks — Pallet jacks
  • Personal computers
  • pH meters — pH probes
  • Plant samples analysis equipment — Sample ports
  • Pressure transmitters — Pressure gauges
  • Protective gloves — Safety gloves
  • Respiration air supplying self contained breathing apparatus or accessories — Self-contained breathing apparatus
  • Respirators — Dust and particulate respirators
  • Reverse osmosis equipment
  • Safety harnesses or belts — Fall protection harnesses
  • Screwdrivers — Phillips head screwdrivers; Straight screwdrivers
  • Skid steer loaders
  • Spill kits — Hazardous material spill kits
  • Standard fermentation units — Fermentation processing vessels
  • Temperature transmitters — Temperature sensors
  • Test sieves — Mole sieves
  • Titration equipment — Autotitrators; Titrators
  • Two way radios — Mobile radios
  • Vacuum or mercury vapour equipment — Vacuum systems
  • Viscosimeters — Viscosity meters
  • Water samplers
  • Water tube boiler — Steam boilers

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Knowledge   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Knowledge
74 
Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
63 
Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
61 
English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
60 
Public Safety and Security — Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
55 
Chemistry — Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
55 
Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
46 
Education and Training — Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
45 
Engineering and Technology — Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
45 
Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
43 
Transportation — Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
42 
Physics — Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
37 
Administration and Management — Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
37 
Building and Construction — Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
36 
Biology — Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
36 
Clerical — Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
35 
Customer and Personal Service — Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
31 
Law and Government — Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
30 
Design — Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
29 
Communications and Media — Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
29 
Personnel and Human Resources — Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
29 
Telecommunications — Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
26 
Food Production — Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.
20 
Sales and Marketing — Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
17 
Economics and Accounting — Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
16 
Psychology — Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
14 
Geography — Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
12 
Medicine and Dentistry — Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
9 
Therapy and Counseling — Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
8 
Philosophy and Theology — Knowledge of different philosophical systems and religions. This includes their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and their impact on human culture.
5 
Foreign Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of a foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.
4 
Sociology and Anthropology — Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
3 
History and Archeology — Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.
1 
Fine Arts — Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.

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Skills   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Skill
72 
Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
69 
Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
63 
Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
60 
Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
60 
Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
56 
Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
56 
Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
56 
Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
53 
Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
53 
Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
53 
Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
53 
Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
50 
Instructing — Teaching others how to do something.
50 
Repairing — Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
50 
Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people.
50 
Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
47 
Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
47 
Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
47 
Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
47 
Mathematics — Using mathematics to solve problems.
47 
Negotiation — Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
47 
Persuasion — Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
47 
Science — Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
47 
Systems Analysis — Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
47 
Systems Evaluation — Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
47 
Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others.
38 
Equipment Selection — Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
38 
Learning Strategies — Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
38 
Management of Personnel Resources — Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
31 
Management of Material Resources — Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work.
19 
Management of Financial Resources — Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.
16 
Programming — Writing computer programs for various purposes.
13 
Installation — Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.
13 
Technology Design — Generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs.
3 
Operations Analysis — Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.

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Abilities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Ability
63 
Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
63 
Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
63 
Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
63 
Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
63 
Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
60 
Arm-Hand Steadiness — The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
60 
Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
60 
Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
60 
Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
60 
Manual Dexterity — The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
60 
Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
60 
Perceptual Speed — The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
60 
Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
60 
Reaction Time — The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
60 
Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
60 
Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
60 
Visual Color Discrimination — The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
56 
Finger Dexterity — The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
56 
Multilimb Coordination — The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
56 
Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
53 
Auditory Attention — The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
53 
Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
53 
Flexibility of Closure — The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
53 
Rate Control — The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
53 
Time Sharing — The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
50 
Extent Flexibility — The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
50 
Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance.
50 
Hearing Sensitivity — The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
50 
Trunk Strength — The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
50 
Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
44 
Explosive Strength — The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
44 
Fluency of Ideas — The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
44 
Gross Body Equilibrium — The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
44 
Mathematical Reasoning — The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
44 
Number Facility — The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
44 
Response Orientation — The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part.
41 
Depth Perception — The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
41 
Dynamic Strength — The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.
41 
Gross Body Coordination — The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion.
41 
Speed of Closure — The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
41 
Static Strength — The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
38 
Memorization — The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
38 
Originality — The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
38 
Sound Localization — The ability to tell the direction from which a sound originated.
35 
Spatial Orientation — The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you.
35 
Stamina — The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
35 
Wrist-Finger Speed — The ability to make fast, simple, repeated movements of the fingers, hands, and wrists.
31 
Glare Sensitivity — The ability to see objects in the presence of glare or bright lighting.
28 
Peripheral Vision — The ability to see objects or movement of objects to one's side when the eyes are looking ahead.
22 
Night Vision — The ability to see under low light conditions.
13 
Dynamic Flexibility — The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs.
0 
Speed of Limb Movement — The ability to quickly move the arms and legs.

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Work Activities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Work Activity
88 
Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
87 
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
84 
Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
82 
Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
81 
Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
80 
Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
80 
Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
78 
Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
75 
Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
74 
Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
69 
Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
69 
Performing General Physical Activities — Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
68 
Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
68 
Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
66 
Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
65 
Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards — Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
64 
Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
64 
Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
64 
Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
61 
Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
60 
Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
60 
Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment — Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles.
59 
Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information — Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity.
54 
Developing and Building Teams — Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
51 
Coaching and Developing Others — Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.
51 
Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment — Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing machines, devices, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of electrical or electronic (not mechanical) principles.
50 
Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.
47 
Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
46 
Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others — Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.
45 
Performing Administrative Activities — Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork.
44 
Developing Objectives and Strategies — Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them.
42 
Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
41 
Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.
40 
Monitoring and Controlling Resources — Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.
40 
Provide Consultation and Advice to Others — Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.
40 
Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
34 
Communicating with Persons Outside Organization — Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
26 
Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment — Providing documentation, detailed instructions, drawings, or specifications to tell others about how devices, parts, equipment, or structures are to be fabricated, constructed, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.
25 
Selling or Influencing Others — Convincing others to buy merchandise/goods or to otherwise change their minds or actions.
24 
Staffing Organizational Units — Recruiting, interviewing, selecting, hiring, and promoting employees in an organization.
23 
Performing for or Working Directly with the Public — Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.

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Detailed Work Activities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

  • Monitor biofuel production operations.
  • Operate biomass or biofuel production equipment.
  • Record operational or production data.
  • Evaluate quality of materials or products.
  • Collect samples of materials or products for testing.
  • Operate pumping systems or equipment.
  • Prepare biological feedstock for physical, chemical, or biological processing.
  • Inspect sustainable energy production facilities or equipment.
  • Notify others of equipment repair or maintenance needs.
  • Measure stock or liquid levels in sustainable fuel production systems.
  • Calculate specific material, equipment, or labor requirements for production.
  • Load materials into production equipment.
  • Measure ingredients or substances to be used in production processes.
  • Direct operational or production activities.
  • Clean work areas.
  • Maintain sustainable energy production equipment.
  • Adjust equipment controls to regulate flow of water, cleaning solutions, or other liquids.
  • Replace worn equipment components.

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Work Context   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Work Context

Percentage of Top Responses
Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — How much does this job require wearing common protective or safety equipment such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets?


100     Every day
Face-to-Face Discussions — How often do you have to have face-to-face discussions with individuals or teams in this job?


93     Every day
Exposed to Contaminants — How often does this job require working exposed to contaminants (such as pollutants, gases, dust or odors)?


85     Every day
12     Once a week or more but not every day
Exposed to Hazardous Conditions — How often does this job require exposure to hazardous conditions?


84     Every day
13     Once a week or more but not every day
Contact With Others — How much does this job require the worker to be in contact with others (face-to-face, by telephone, or otherwise) in order to perform it?


75     Constant contact with others
24     Contact with others most of the time
Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — How often does this job require working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions?


91     Every day
Work With Work Group or Team — How important is it to work with others in a group or team in this job?


76     Extremely important
16     Very important
Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — How often does this job require working exposed to sounds and noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable?


73     Every day
15     Once a month or more but not every week
Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — How often does this job require working in very hot (above 90 F degrees) or very cold (below 32 F degrees) temperatures?


61     Every day
33     Once a week or more but not every day
Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — How important is being very exact or highly accurate in performing this job?


42     Extremely important
55     Very important
Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — What results do your decisions usually have on other people or the image or reputation or financial resources of your employer?


56     Very important results
22     Important results
22     Moderate results
Pace Determined by Speed of Equipment — How important is it to this job that the pace is determined by the speed of equipment or machinery? (This does not refer to keeping busy at all times on this job.)


69     Extremely important
19     Important
Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — How much responsibility is there for the health and safety of others in this job?


52     Very high responsibility
29     High responsibility
19     Moderate responsibility
Freedom to Make Decisions — How much decision making freedom, without supervision, does the job offer?


44     A lot of freedom
39     Some freedom
17     Limited freedom
Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — How often does this job require working outdoors, exposed to all weather conditions?


57     Every day
18     Once a week or more but not every day
22     Once a month or more but not every week
Frequency of Decision Making — How frequently is the worker required to make decisions that affect other people, the financial resources, and/or the image and reputation of the organization?


54     Every day
22     Once a week or more but not every day
18     Once a month or more but not every week
Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — How often does this job require working indoors in non-controlled environmental conditions (e.g., warehouse without heat)?


67     Every day
Consequence of Error — How serious would the result usually be if the worker made a mistake that was not readily correctable?


52     Extremely serious
20     Very serious
15     Serious
Exposed to High Places — How often does this job require exposure to high places?


34     Every day
38     Once a week or more but not every day
27     Once a month or more but not every week
Structured versus Unstructured Work — To what extent is this job structured for the worker, rather than allowing the worker to determine tasks, priorities, and goals?


37     A lot of freedom
42     Some freedom
13     Limited freedom
Duration of Typical Work Week — Number of hours typically worked in one week.


47     More than 40 hours
53     40 hours
Time Pressure — How often does this job require the worker to meet strict deadlines?


60     Every day
29     Once a year or more but not every month
Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — How important is repeating the same physical activities (e.g., key entry) or mental activities (e.g., checking entries in a ledger) over and over, without stopping, to performing this job?


37     Extremely important
24     Very important
32     Important
Telephone — How often do you have telephone conversations in this job?


47     Every day
27     Once a week or more but not every day
17     Never
Coordinate or Lead Others — How important is it to coordinate or lead others in accomplishing work activities in this job?


30     Extremely important
24     Very important
37     Important
In an Open Vehicle or Equipment — How often does this job require working in an open vehicle or equipment (e.g., tractor)?


29     Every day
36     Once a week or more but not every day
17     Once a month or more but not every week
Outdoors, Under Cover — How often does this job require working outdoors, under cover (e.g., structure with roof but no walls)?


50     Every day
18     Once a month or more but not every week
20     Never
Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — How much does this job require using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls?


24     Continually or almost continually
39     More than half the time
16     About half the time
21     Less than half the time
Degree of Automation — How automated is the job?


33     Moderately automated
Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — How often does this job require exposure to hazardous equipment?


49     Every day
17     Once a month or more but not every week
14     Once a year or more but not every month
18     Never
Letters and Memos — How often does the job require written letters and memos?


37     Every day
13     Once a week or more but not every day
24     Once a month or more but not every week
20     Never
Electronic Mail — How often do you use electronic mail in this job?


42     Every day
14     Once a week or more but not every day
Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — How often does this job require exposure to minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings?


38     Every day
39     Once a year or more but not every month
Spend Time Standing — How much does this job require standing?


21     Continually or almost continually
17     More than half the time
35     About half the time
27     Less than half the time
Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting — How often does this job require working in extremely bright or inadequate lighting conditions?


36     Every day
12     Once a month or more but not every week
16     Once a year or more but not every month
25     Never
Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — How responsible is the worker for work outcomes and results of other workers?


18     Very high responsibility
26     High responsibility
17     Moderate responsibility
33     Limited responsibility
Spend Time Walking and Running — How much does this job require walking and running?


14     Continually or almost continually
30     More than half the time
19     About half the time
34     Less than half the time
Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions — How often does this job require working in cramped work spaces that requires getting into awkward positions?


28     Once a week or more but not every day
44     Once a month or more but not every week
16     Once a year or more but not every month
In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment — How often does this job require working in a closed vehicle or equipment (e.g., car)?


22     Every day
15     Once a week or more but not every day
26     Once a month or more but not every week
13     Once a year or more but not every month
24     Never
Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People — How frequently does the worker have to deal with unpleasant, angry, or discourteous individuals as part of the job requirements?


26     Once a week or more but not every day
28     Once a month or more but not every week
26     Once a year or more but not every month
12     Never
Physical Proximity — To what extent does this job require the worker to perform job tasks in close physical proximity to other people?


23     Moderately close (at arm's length)
57     Slightly close (e.g., shared office)
14     I work with others but not closely (e.g., private office)
Wear Specialized Protective or Safety Equipment such as Breathing Apparatus, Safety Harness, Full Protection Suits, or Radiation Protection — How much does this job require wearing specialized protective or safety equipment such as breathing apparatus, safety harness, full protection suits, or radiation protection?


25     Once a week or more but not every day
26     Once a month or more but not every week
39     Once a year or more but not every month
Level of Competition — To what extent does this job require the worker to compete or to be aware of competitive pressures?


27     Highly competitive
35     Moderately competitive
17     Slightly competitive
15     Not at all competitive
Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — How much does this job require making repetitive motions?


19     Continually or almost continually
30     About half the time
35     Less than half the time
12     Never
Spend Time Sitting — How much does this job require sitting?


25     About half the time
37     Less than half the time
Deal With External Customers — How important is it to work with external customers or the public in this job?


16     Extremely important
37     Important
24     Fairly important
22     Not important at all
Spend Time Climbing Ladders, Scaffolds, or Poles — How much does this job require climbing ladders, scaffolds, or poles?


14     Continually or almost continually
21     About half the time
62     Less than half the time
Frequency of Conflict Situations — How often are there conflict situations the employee has to face in this job?


17     Once a week or more but not every day
24     Once a month or more but not every week
52     Once a year or more but not every month
Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — How much does this job require bending or twisting your body?


21     About half the time
69     Less than half the time
Spend Time Kneeling, Crouching, Stooping, or Crawling — How much does this job require kneeling, crouching, stooping or crawling?


14     About half the time
73     Less than half the time
13     Never
Exposed to Whole Body Vibration — How often does this job require exposure to whole body vibration (e.g., operate a jackhammer)?


34     Once a year or more but not every month
51     Never
Public Speaking — How often do you have to perform public speaking in this job?


12     Once a month or more but not every week
19     Once a year or more but not every month
61     Never
Spend Time Keeping or Regaining Balance — How much does this job require keeping or regaining your balance?


56     Less than half the time
44     Never
Deal With Physically Aggressive People — How frequently does this job require the worker to deal with physical aggression of violent individuals?


92     Never
Exposed to Disease or Infections — How often does this job require exposure to disease/infections?


87     Never
Exposed to Radiation — How often does this job require exposure to radiation?


92     Never
Work Schedules — How regular are the work schedules for this job?


94     Regular (established routine, set schedule)

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Job Zone   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Title Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed
Education These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
Related Experience Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.
Job Training Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Job Zone Examples These occupations often involve using your knowledge and skills to help others. Examples include orderlies, forest firefighters, customer service representatives, security guards, upholsterers, and tellers.
SVP Range (4.0 to < 6.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
71   High school diploma or equivalent Help
18   Post-secondary certificate Help
6   Associate's degree

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Interests   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Occupational Interest
Interest
83 
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.
50 
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.
33 
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.
17 
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.
6 
Social — Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
0 
Artistic — Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.

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Work Styles   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Work Style
84 
Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
84 
Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
72 
Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
70 
Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.
67 
Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
67 
Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
66 
Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
66 
Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
65 
Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
64 
Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
63 
Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
60 
Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
59 
Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
56 
Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
53 
Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
45 
Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.

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Work Values   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Extent
Work Value
50 
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.
45 
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.
45 
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.
28 
Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
28 
Recognition — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.
28 
Relationships — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.

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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 (2016) $26.41 hourly, $54,930 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2014) 12,000 employees
Projected growth (2014-2024) Decline (-2% or lower) Decline (-2% or lower)
Projected job openings (2014-2024) 4,500
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2014)
Manufacturing (28% employed in this sector)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2016 wage data external site and 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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