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Biomass Plant Technicians - 51-8013.03

O*NET-SOC Description

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

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Auxiliary Operator
  • Central Heating Plant Operator
  • Fuel Handler
  • Fuel Quality Technician (Fuel Quality Tech)
  • Heating Plant Operator
  • Operations Technician (Operations Tech)
  • Plant Operator
  • Plant Technician
  • Steam Plant Operator

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations

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  • Assess quality of biomass feedstock.
  • Calculate, measure, load, or mix biomass feedstock for power generation.
  • Calibrate liquid flow devices or meters, including fuel, chemical, and water meters.
  • Clean work areas to ensure compliance with safety regulations.
  • Inspect biomass power plant or processing equipment, recording or reporting damage and mechanical problems.
  • Manage parts and supply inventories for biomass plants.
  • Measure and monitor raw biomass feedstock, including wood, waste, or refuse materials.
  • Operate biomass fuel-burning boiler or biomass fuel gasification system equipment in accordance with specifications or instructions.
  • Operate equipment to heat biomass, using knowledge of controls, combustion, and firing mechanisms.
  • Operate equipment to start, stop, or regulate biomass-fueled generators, generator units, boilers, engines, or auxiliary systems.
  • Operate heavy equipment, such as bulldozers and front-end loaders.
  • Operate high-pressure steam boiler or water chiller equipment for electrical cogeneration operations.
  • Operate valves, pumps, engines, or generators to control and adjust production of biofuels or biomass-fueled power.
  • Perform routine maintenance or make minor repairs to mechanical, electrical, or electronic equipment in biomass plants.
  • Perform tests of water chemistry in boilers.
  • Preprocess feedstock to prepare for biochemical or thermochemical production processes.
  • Read and interpret instruction manuals or technical drawings related to biomass-fueled power or biofuels production equipment or processes.
  • Record or report operational data, such as readings on meters, instruments, and gauges.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Adjust equipment controls to regulate flow of water, cleaning solutions, or other liquids.
  • Calculate specific material, equipment, or labor requirements for production.
  • Clean work areas.
  • Evaluate quality of materials or products.
  • Inspect sustainable energy production facilities or equipment.
  • Load materials into production equipment.
  • Maintain inventories of materials, equipment, or products.
  • Maintain sustainable energy production equipment.
  • Measure ingredients or substances to be used in production processes.
  • Measure stock or liquid levels in sustainable fuel production systems.
  • Notify others of equipment repair or maintenance needs.
  • Operate biomass or biofuel production equipment.
  • Operate heavy-duty construction or installation equipment.
  • Operate pumping systems or equipment.
  • Prepare biological feedstock for physical, chemical, or biological processing.
  • Record operational or production data.
  • Study blueprints or other instructions to determine equipment setup requirements.
  • Test fluids to identify contamination or other problems.
  • Test materials, solutions, or samples.

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  • Electrical Power Production Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Electrical Power Production Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
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  • Unit Supply Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Wheeled Vehicle Repairer (Army - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Power-Plant Operator