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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.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

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

    Skills

    • 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.

    • Reading Comprehension

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work-related documents.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4

    Abilities

    • Control Precision

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

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    Knowledge

    • Production and Processing

      Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

    • Mechanical

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

    • 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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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 53460/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 25.7/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 400
    • Yearly Projected Openings 50

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    Personality

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

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