Control and monitor biomass plant activities and perform maintenance as needed.
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- 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
- 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.
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.
People who work in this occupation generally prize Working Conditions, but also value Support and Achievement in their jobs.
- 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.
- 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.
These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
In 2017, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $53,960 with most people making between $34,200 and $76,930
During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 400 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 410 employed in 2024.
This occupation will have about 1 openings due to growth and about 19 replacement openings for approximately 20 total annual openings.