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11-3051.04 - Biomass Power Plant Managers


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


Key Facts
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Bright Outlook
1
Career Details
Green Job
Career Details
Current Employment
173,400
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Forecasted Employment
167,000
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Change in Employment
-6,300
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Change in Employment %
-3.7%
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Tasks
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Tasks
The tasks listed below can be performed to prepare you for a career in this field.
Core
  • Manage parts and supply inventories for biomass plants.
  • Monitor and operate communications systems, such as mobile radios.
  • Supervise operations or maintenance employees in the production of power from biomass, such as wood, coal, paper sludge, or other waste or refuse.
  • Review logs, datasheets, or reports to ensure adequate production levels and safe production environments or to identify abnormalities with power production equipment or processes.
  • Review biomass operations performance specifications to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements.
  • Prepare reports on biomass plant operations, status, maintenance, and other information.
  • Prepare and manage biomass plant budgets.
  • Plan and schedule plant activities, such as wood, waste, or refuse fuel deliveries, ash removal, and regular maintenance.
  • Inspect biomass gasification processes, equipment, and facilities for ways to maximize capacity and minimize operating costs.
  • Evaluate power production or demand trends to identify opportunities for improved operations.
  • Supervise biomass plant or substation operations, maintenance, repair, or testing activities.
  • Conduct field inspections of biomass plants, stations, or substations to ensure normal and safe operating conditions.
  • Manage safety programs at power generation facilities.
Supplemental
  • Test, maintain, or repair electrical power distribution machinery or equipment, using hand tools, power tools, and testing devices.
  • Compile and record operational data on forms or in log books.
  • Adjust equipment controls to generate specified amounts of electrical power.
  • Shut down and restart biomass power plants or equipment in emergency situations or for equipment maintenance, repairs, or replacements.
  • Operate controls to start, stop, or regulate biomass-fueled generators, generator units, boilers, engines, or auxiliary systems.
  • Monitor the operating status of biomass plants by observing control system parameters, distributed control systems, switchboard gauges, dials, or other indicators.
All data sourced from US Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration O*Net Database.
Knowledge
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Knowledge

The items listed below are organized into sections that contain knowledge useful for pursuing a career in this field. Each section also contains a "Percentage of Importance" statistic that shows how relevant an item is to the occupation.
 Mechanical
  • 86%
    Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
 Engineering and Technology
  • 82%
    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.
 Production and Processing
  • 81%
    Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
 Administration and Management
  • 81%
    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.
 Personnel and Human Resources
  • 77%
    Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
 Public Safety and Security
  • 74%
    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.
 Clerical
  • 72%
    Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
 Education and Training
  • 72%
    Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
 Mathematics
  • 71%
    Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
 Computers and Electronics
  • 69%
    Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
 Chemistry
  • 67%
    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.
 English Language
  • 67%
    Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 Design
  • 64%
    Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
 Physics
  • 64%
    Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
 Economics and Accounting
  • 63%
    Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
 Building and Construction
  • 62%
    Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
 Customer and Personal Service
  • 57%
    Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
 Psychology
  • 57%
    Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
 Transportation
  • 56%
    Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
 Law and Government
  • 53%
    Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
 Communications and Media
  • 53%
    Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
All data sourced from US Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration O*Net Database.
Tools
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Tools
The tools listed below include machines, equipment, tools, and software that is useful for individuals who are interested in this career.
 Engines
  • Steam turbines
 Power generators
  • Heat recovery steam generators
 Boilers
  • Biomass boilers
  • Bubbling fluidized bed boilers
  • Circulating fluidized bed boilers
  • Steam boilers
 Sampling equipment
  • Water samplers
 Computers
  • Laptop computers
  • Desktop computers
  • Personal computers
All data sourced from US Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration O*Net Database.
Technology
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Technology
The technologies listed below include machines, equipment, tools, and software that is useful for individuals who are interested in this career.
 Business function specific software
  • Inventory control software
  • Microsoft OfficeHOT
 Content authoring and editing software
  • Microsoft WordHOT
  • Microsoft PowerPointHOT
  • Employee scheduling software
  • Microsoft ExcelHOT
 Industry specific software
  • Computerized maintenance management system CMMS
  • Computer aided design CAD softwareHOT
  • Distributed control system DCS
All data sourced from US Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration O*Net Database.
Certifications
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Certifications
The certifications listed below are useful to pursue if you are interested in a career in this field.
 Advanced
 Unknown
 Core
All data sourced from US Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration O*Net Database.
Licensing
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Licensing
The licensing information below is organized into sections and is useful for pursuing if you are interested in a career in this field.
No specific licensing information is listed for this occupation in the area you have selected.
All data sourced from US Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration O*Net Database.
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Germanna Community College
J Sargeant Reynolds Community College
John Tyler Community College
Lord Fairfax Community College
New River Community College
Northern Virginia Community College
Paul D. Camp Community College
Piedmont Virginia Community College
Rappahannock Community College
Southside Virginia Community College
Thomas Nelson Community College
Tidewater Community College
Virginia Highlands Community College
Virginia Western Community College
Wytheville Community College
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Energy Storage Engineer/Sr. Energy Storage Engineer (Remote USA Based) ICF Mon, 27 Dec 2021 23:23:57 GMT | 21 days ago Fairfax, VA 22031 Experience in power system controls. As an IE/OE Consultant, you will utilize your deep energy storage experience along with our IE/OE advisory services group…
Molecular Biology Research Associate iBio Tue, 18 Jan 2022 12:08:16 GMT | 1 hour ago Bryan, TX Harvest plant biomass and organize its storage. Apply now for our *Molecular Biology Research Associate* position and help bring the power of plants to the…
Anaerobic Digestion & Wastewater Plant Operator BTS North America LLC Wed, 05 Jan 2022 19:49:02 GMT | 12 days ago Jessup, MD 20794 A team of engineers, biologists, technicians and other specialists offer O&M services, consultation and support for biogas power plants from 25kW to 2 MW+.
Project Engineer HoSt Thu, 21 Oct 2021 22:45:55 GMT | 30+ days ago Vancouver, WA For the biogas plants, boilers and combined heat and power plants supplied by HoSt, HoSt has 24/7 local maintenance teams in several countries.
Maintenance Manager Veolia Wed, 15 Dec 2021 11:37:51 GMT | 30+ days ago Port Arthur, TX 77640 Previous experience commissioning greenfield biomass power plants will be an asset; Familiarity with power plant operations is preferred;
Payroll Manager Gemma Power Systems Wed, 13 Oct 2021 04:18:26 GMT | 30+ days ago Glastonbury, CT 06033 Our wide-ranging and comprehensive experience comprises more than 15 GW installed capacity including state-of-the-art combined cycle and simple cycle gas…
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National Fuel Production McBain (Mich.) Fuel Yard Operator National Salvage & Service Corporation Sat, 25 Dec 2021 05:43:37 GMT | 24 days ago McBain, MI Experience in biomass fuel yard operations. Reclaim fuel as necessary to support overall plant operation. The Fuel Yard Operator is responsible for the safe…
Technical Manager DRAX BIOMASS INC Tue, 11 Jan 2022 01:22:44 GMT | 7 days ago Monroe, LA 71201 Oversee the completion of operator logs and records where necessary to record plant inspections, adjustments and operating parameters on a daily basis.
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Contract Manager Gemma Power Systems Fri, 27 Aug 2021 20:22:01 GMT | 4 months ago Glastonbury, CT 06033 Our wide-ranging and comprehensive experience comprises more than 15 GW installed capacity including state-of-the-art combined cycle and simple cycle gas…
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National Energy (Michigan) Director of Fuels & Procurement National Salvage & Service Corporation Sun, 07 Nov 2021 04:43:44 GMT | 30+ days ago Michigan Manage all fuel supplier contracts for both power plants. Interface with Operations and Maintenance teams at both power plants. 401(K) plan with company match.
Project Engineer FUEL TECH INC Thu, 13 Jan 2022 21:12:41 GMT | 4 days ago Warrenville, IL 60555 Knowledgeable of power plant or industrial equipment and operations. Requires knowledge of boiler plant work practices and experience with engineering projects.
Regional Electrical Engineer DRAX BIOMASS INC Fri, 24 Sep 2021 20:27:31 GMT | 30+ days ago Monroe, LA 71201 Responds urgently to plant issues and emergencies. Ensures compliance with plant operating permits. Experience in the energy field and plant commissioning is…
Valuation Advisory Services - Experienced Consultant - Energy CohnReznick Fri, 14 Jan 2022 20:08:38 GMT | 3 days ago New York, NY Learn about state and federal incentives, power purchase agreements/hedges, deal structures, and power asset operations. Your success is our success.
McBain (Michigan) Scale House Operator National Salvage & Service Corporation Thu, 11 Nov 2021 05:51:08 GMT | 30+ days ago McBain, MI Must be willing to work weekends and off hours on occasion to support the power plant. Experience in biomass fuel yard operations. Able to lift 50 pounds.
Engineering Project Manager (US) The Future Forest Company Wed, 12 Jan 2022 03:28:43 GMT | 6 days ago Jacksonville, FL 32099 A comprehensive understanding of process plant optimisation. Familiar with off-grid power systems. Previous experience with biomass boilers/renewable energy.
Gas Recovery Technician - South DTE Energy Thu, 06 Jan 2022 17:36:36 GMT | 11 days ago Needville, TX 77461 The plant has gas treatment equipment to remove H2S, Oxygen, water and CO2. And as Michigan’s largest source of renewable energy, we’re creating a cleaner,…
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Lincoln (Michigan) Operations Technician National Salvage & Service Corporation Tue, 16 Nov 2021 05:59:56 GMT | 30+ days ago Lincoln, MI 48742 Experience in power plant operations, biomass is a plus. Must be willing to be trained on all heavy equipment in the power plant. Flexible dates for time off.
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