Biofuels Processing Technicians

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About the Job

Calculate, measure, load, mix, and process refined feedstock with additives in fermentation or reaction process vessels and monitor production process. Perform, and keep records of, plant maintenance, repairs, and safety inspections.

It is also Called

  • Production Operator
  • Process Technician
  • Process Operator
  • Operator
  • Mash Preparatory Operator
  • Kettle Operator
  • Ethanol Operator
  • Chemical Operator
  • Board Operator
  • Biomass Plant Technician
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What They Do

  • Coordinate raw product sourcing or collection.
  • Rebuild, repair, or replace biofuels processing equipment components.
  • Calibrate liquid flow devices and meters, including fuel, chemical, and water meters.
  • Perform routine maintenance on mechanical, electrical, or electronic equipment or instruments used in the processing of biofuels.
  • Clean biofuels processing work area, ensuring compliance with safety regulations.
  • Assess the quality of biofuels additives for reprocessing.
  • Monitor stored biofuels products or secondary by-products until reused or transferred to users.
  • Calculate, measure, load, or mix refined feedstock used in biofuels production.
  • Preprocess feedstock in preparation for physical, chemical, or biological fuel production processes.
  • Measure and monitor raw biofuels feedstock.

Interests

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

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

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Support, but also value Achievement and Working Conditions 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.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
  • 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.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • 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.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • 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.
  • Equipment Maintenance - Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.

Preparation Required

These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

Wages

In 2017, the average annual wage in California was $70,010 with most people making between $43,290 and $107,930

Outlook

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During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 1,000 people in California. It is projected that there will be 1,000 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 0 openings due to growth and about 40 replacement openings for approximately 40 total annual openings.