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

    Work Activities
    • Operate high-pressure steam boiler or water chiller equipment for electrical cogeneration operations.
    • Operate biomass fuel-burning boiler or biomass fuel gasification system equipment in accordance with specifications or instructions.
    • Operate valves, pumps, engines, or generators to control and adjust production of biofuels or biomass-fueled power.
    • 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.
    • Assess quality of biomass feedstock.
    • Clean work areas to ensure compliance with safety regulations.
    • Measure and monitor raw biomass feedstock, including wood, waste, or refuse materials.
    • Perform routine maintenance or make minor repairs to mechanical, electrical, or electronic equipment in biomass plants.
    • Calculate, measure, load, or mix biomass feedstock for power generation.
    • Preprocess feedstock to prepare for biochemical or thermochemical production processes.
    • Manage parts and supply inventories for biomass plants.
    • Calibrate liquid flow devices or meters, including fuel, chemical, and water meters.
    • Read and interpret instruction manuals or technical drawings related to biomass-fueled power or biofuels production equipment or processes.
    Skills
    • Operation 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.

    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.

    • Near Vision

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

    • 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 there is a problem.

    Knowledge
    • Mechanical

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

    • Production and Processing

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

    • Computers and Electronics

      Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $51,990/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $25.00/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 460
    • Yearly Projected Openings 40
    Typical Education
    Personality
    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
    • Self Control
    • Cooperation
    • Initiative
    • Stress Tolerance
    Tools
    • Intake structures
    • Hammer mills
    • Grinding mills
    • Front end loaders
    • Fire tube boilers
    Technology
    • Word processing software
    • Spreadsheet software
    • Office suite software
    • Inventory management software
    • Development environment software
    Tags
    • Bright Outlook occupations will grow rapidly in the next few years, have a large number of openings, or are new and emerging careers.
    • Green occupations are jobs that contribute to energy conservation, development of alternative energy, reducing pollution, or recycling.