Biomass Plant Technicians

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About the Job

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

It is also Called

  • Woodyard Operator
  • Thermochemical Biomass Conversion Technician
  • Senior Operator
  • Senior Boiler Operator
  • Power Plant Operator
  • Power House-Control Room Operator
  • Power and Recovery Control Room Operator
  • Power and Recovery Boiler Control Room Operator
  • Plant Technician/Control Room Operator
  • Plant Technician
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What They Do

  • Calibrate liquid flow devices or meters, including fuel, chemical, and water meters.
  • Preprocess feedstock to prepare for biochemical or thermochemical production processes.
  • Manage parts and supply inventories for biomass plants.
  • Calculate, measure, load, or mix biomass feedstock for power generation.
  • Assess quality of biomass feedstock.
  • Operate equipment to heat biomass, using knowledge of controls, combustion, and firing mechanisms.
  • Operate high-pressure steam boiler or water chiller equipment for electrical cogeneration operations.
  • Read and interpret instruction manuals or technical drawings related to biomass-fueled power or biofuels production equipment or processes.
  • Perform routine maintenance or make minor repairs to mechanical, electrical, or electronic equipment in biomass plants.
  • Measure and monitor raw biomass feedstock, including wood, waste, or refuse materials.

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 Working Conditions, but also value Support and Achievement in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • 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.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • 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.

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

Preparation Required

These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

Wages

In 2016, the average annual wage in California was $67,550 with most people making between $36,730 and $101,920

Outlook

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avg. annual growth

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.