Biofuels Production Managers

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Biofuels production managers manage power plants that produce biofuel, such as ethanol or biodiesel. Biofuels are created from organic materials and are used in place of fossil fuels to power vehicles and generate heat. Production managers oversee the production operations and production staff, making sure that equipment and production processes follow safety rules. They also ensure operation efficiency and product quality. There were approximately 168,400 industrial production managers employed in the United States in May 2016, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Industrial Production Managers, Plant Managers
Duties Oversee the manufacturing process of biofuels; manage production staff; ensure production equipment operates correctly; create and manage production budgets
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities available throughout the country, but the Midwest and Great Plains hold the largest number of ethanol bio-refineries
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
Experience Apprenticeship; three or more years experience
Personality Traits
  • Organized
  • Realistic
  • Technical
Skills
  • Interpersonal
  • Leadership
  • Organizational
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Regional Manager, Biofuels Production Plants
  • Experienced Biofuels Production Manager
  • Apprentice Biofuels Production Manger