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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 Mathematics
4
Reading for Information
4
Locating Information
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 $54,590/yr
  • Typical Salary
  • Ohio Hourly Wage $26.25/hr
  • Typical Hourly Wage
Ohio Employment Trends
  • Currently Employed 230
  • Yearly Projected Openings 10
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.