Biofuels Processing Technicians

Biofuel Process Technician Monitors a Production Pipeline.

Biofuels processing technicians are responsible for the process of converting organic material, such as wood, plants, vegetable oils, grains, or animal wastes, into biofuels to generate electricity and produce heat. Biofuels replace fossil fuels to generate power for vehicles and for small heating applications. Biofuels processing technicians operate biofuels production equipment, monitor processes, collect samples and perform laboratory tests on biofuels quality, and record data. Many work for energy companies and processing plants that convert feedstock into biofuels. There are approximately 11,970 plant and systems operators, including biofuels processing technicians, employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Plant and Systems Operators, Plant Operators
Duties Monitor biofuels production processes; operate equipment; collect biofuels samples and record data
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities available throughout the country, with many jobs found in the Midwest and Great Plains
Minimum Education Level
  • Associate's Degree
School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
Experience Apprenticeship; one to two years experience
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Scientific
  • Technical
Skills
  • Computer
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Supervisor or Manager, Biofuels Processing
  • Experienced Biofuels Processing Technician
  • Biofuels Processing Technician Apprentice