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

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Technology Skills

  • Analytical or scientific software — Landfill gas analysis software; Landtec System Software LFG Pro
  • Calendar and scheduling software — Employee scheduling software
  • Electronic mail software — Email software
  • Enterprise resource planning ERP software Hot technology — SAP Hot technology ; WorkTech MAXIMO
  • Facilities management software — Computerized maintenance management system CMMS
  • Industrial control software — Distributed control system DCS
  • Internet browser software — Web browser software
  • Office suite software — Microsoft Office Hot technology
  • Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel Hot technology
  • Word processing software — Microsoft Word Hot technology

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

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Tools Used

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

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Detailed Work Activities

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

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Interest code: CER   Want to discover your interests? Take the O*NET Interest Profiler at My Next Move.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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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 (2017) $48.36 hourly, $100,580 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
Employment (2016) 171,000 employees
Projected growth (2016-2026) Little or no change (-1% to 1%) Little or no change (-1% to 1%)
Projected job openings (2016-2026) 11,600
State trends Employment Trends
Top industries (2016)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2017 wage data external site and 2016-2026 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2016-2026). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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