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Biofuels/Biodiesel Technology and Product Development Managers

Define, plan, or execute biofuels/biodiesel research programs that evaluate alternative feedstock and process technologies with near-term commercial potential.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Design or conduct applied biodiesel or biofuels research projects on topics, such as transport, thermodynamics, mixing, filtration, distillation, fermentation, extraction, and separation.
    • Analyze data from biofuels studies, such as fluid dynamics, water treatments, or solvent extraction and recovery processes.
    • Prepare, or oversee the preparation of, experimental plans for biofuels research or development.
    • Provide technical or scientific guidance to technical staff in the conduct of biofuels research or development.
    • Propose new biofuels products, processes, technologies or applications based on findings from applied biofuels or biomass research projects.
    • Conduct experiments on biomass or pretreatment technologies.
    • Prepare biofuels research and development reports for senior management or technical professionals.
    • Develop lab scale models of industrial scale processes, such as fermentation.
    • Oversee biodiesel/biofuels prototyping or development projects.
    • Develop methods to estimate the efficiency of biomass pretreatments.
    • Conduct experiments to test new or alternate feedstock fermentation processes.
    • Develop carbohydrates arrays and associated methods for screening enzymes involved in biomass conversion.
    • Conduct research to breed or develop energy crops with improved biomass yield, environmental adaptability, pest resistance, production efficiency, bioprocessing characteristics, or reduced environmental impacts.
    • Perform protein functional analysis and engineering for processing of feedstock and creation of biofuels.
    • Develop computational tools or approaches to improve biofuels research and development activities.
    • Develop separation processes to recover biofuels.
    • Design chemical conversion processes, such as etherification, esterification, interesterification, transesterification, distillation, hydrogenation, oxidation or reduction of fats and oils, and vegetable oil refining.
    • Design or execute solvent or product recovery experiments in laboratory or field settings.
    • Develop methods to recover ethanol or other fuels from complex bioreactor liquid and gas streams.

    Skills

    • Complex Problem Solving

      Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

    • Critical Thinking

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

    • Judgment and Decision Making

      Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    6
    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.

    • 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.

    Knowledge

    • English Language

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

    • 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.

    • 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.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 134140/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 64.49/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 6,320
    • Yearly Projected Openings 480

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    Personality

    Enterprising: People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Adaptability/Flexibility
    • Analytical Thinking
    • Dependability
    • Integrity
    • Attention to Detail
    • Stress Tolerance

    Tools

    • Mass spectrometers
    • Desktop computers
    • Carbon filtration equipment
    • Bi distillation units
    • Autosamplers

    Technology

    • Operating system software
    • Object or component oriented development software
    • Enterprise resource planning ERP software
    • Development environment software
    • Analytical or scientific software
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