Biomass Power Plant Managers

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About the Job

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

It is also Called

  • Production Support Supervisor
  • Production Support Manager
  • Production Supervisor
  • Plant Manager
  • Operations Supervisor
  • Operations Manager
  • Operations and Maintenance Manager
  • O and M Supervisor
  • Maintenance Supervisor
  • Maintenance Manager
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What They Do

  • Operate controls to start, stop, or regulate biomass-fueled generators, generator units, boilers, engines, or auxiliary systems.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Monitor and operate communications systems, such as mobile radios.
  • Manage parts and supply inventories for biomass plants.
  • Prepare reports on biomass plant operations, status, maintenance, and other information.
  • Evaluate power production or demand trends to identify opportunities for improved operations.
  • Plan and schedule plant activities, such as wood, waste, or refuse fuel deliveries, ash removal, and regular maintenance.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: ECR.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Enterprising interests, but also prefer Conventional and Realistic environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Working Conditions, but also value Achievement and Recognition in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • 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.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • 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.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • 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.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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Preparation Required

Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

Wages

In 2016, the average annual wage in California was $114,230 with most people making between $56,990 and $187,340

Outlook

0.41%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 19,600 people in California. It is projected that there will be 20,400 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 80 openings due to growth and about 560 replacement openings for approximately 640 total annual openings.