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Biomass Plant Technicians

Control and monitor biomass plant activities and perform maintenance as needed.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Operate biomass fuel-burning boiler or biomass fuel gasification system equipment in accordance with specifications or instructions.
    • Perform tests of water chemistry in boilers.
    • Operate high-pressure steam boiler or water chiller equipment for electrical cogeneration operations.
    • Operate equipment to heat biomass, using knowledge of controls, combustion, and firing mechanisms.
    • Operate equipment to start, stop, or regulate biomass-fueled generators, generator units, boilers, engines, or auxiliary systems.
    • Inspect biomass power plant or processing equipment, recording or reporting damage and mechanical problems.
    • Record or report operational data, such as readings on meters, instruments, and gauges.
    • Operate valves, pumps, engines, or generators to control and adjust production of biofuels or biomass-fueled power.
    • Calculate, measure, load, or mix biomass feedstock for power generation.
    • Clean work areas to ensure compliance with safety regulations.
    • Perform routine maintenance or make minor repairs to mechanical, electrical, or electronic equipment in biomass plants.
    • Measure and monitor raw biomass feedstock, including wood, waste, or refuse materials.
    • Calibrate liquid flow devices or meters, including fuel, chemical, and water meters.
    • Preprocess feedstock to prepare for biochemical or thermochemical production processes.
    • Assess quality of biomass feedstock.
    • Read and interpret instruction manuals or technical drawings related to biomass-fueled power or biofuels production equipment or processes.
    • Operate heavy equipment, such as bulldozers and front-end loaders.
    • Manage parts and supply inventories for biomass plants.


    • Operations Monitoring

      Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

    • Operation and Control

      Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

    • Monitoring

      Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.


    Applied Math
    Workplace Documents
    Graphic Literacy


    • Near Vision

      The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

    • Control Precision

      The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.

    • 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 that there is a problem.


    • Mechanical

      Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

    • 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.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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    • Ohio Annual Salary 84310/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 40.53/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 1,270
    • Yearly Projected Openings 110

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    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Dependability
    • Attention to Detail
    • Cooperation
    • Stress Tolerance
    • Adaptability/Flexibility
    • Initiative


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