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Biomass Power Plant Managers

Manage operations at biomass power generation facilities. Direct work activities at plant, including supervision of operations and maintenance staff.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Manage safety programs at power generation facilities.
    • Review biomass operations performance specifications to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements.
    • Review logs, datasheets, or reports to ensure adequate production levels and safe production environments or to identify abnormalities with power production equipment or processes.
    • Supervise operations or maintenance employees in the production of power from biomass, such as wood, coal, paper sludge, or other waste or refuse.
    • Supervise biomass plant or substation operations, maintenance, repair, or testing activities.
    • Shut down and restart biomass power plants or equipment in emergency situations or for equipment maintenance, repairs, or replacements.
    • Compile and record operational data on forms or in log books.
    • Conduct field inspections of biomass plants, stations, or substations to ensure normal and safe operating conditions.
    • Plan and schedule plant activities, such as wood, waste, or refuse fuel deliveries, ash removal, and regular maintenance.
    • Prepare and manage biomass plant budgets.
    • Monitor the operating status of biomass plants by observing control system parameters, distributed control systems, switchboard gauges, dials, or other indicators.
    • Adjust equipment controls to generate specified amounts of electrical power.
    • Test, maintain, or repair electrical power distribution machinery or equipment, using hand tools, power tools, and testing devices.
    • Evaluate power production or demand trends to identify opportunities for improved operations.
    • Inspect biomass gasification processes, equipment, and facilities for ways to maximize capacity and minimize operating costs.
    • Operate controls to start, stop, or regulate biomass-fueled generators, generator units, boilers, engines, or auxiliary systems.
    • Prepare reports on biomass plant operations, status, maintenance, and other information.
    • Manage parts and supply inventories for biomass plants.
    • Monitor and operate communications systems, such as mobile radios.

    Skills

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.

    • Speaking

      Talking to others to convey information effectively.

    • 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.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    5
    Workplace Documents
    5
    Graphic Literacy
    5

    Abilities

    • Deductive Reasoning

      The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

    • 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

    • Mechanical

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

    • 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.

    • Production and Processing

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

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 103130/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 49.58/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 11,830
    • Yearly Projected Openings 870

    Typical Education

    Personality

    Enterprising: People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Stress Tolerance
    • Integrity
    • Dependability
    • Cooperation
    • Initiative
    • Leadership

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