Biomass Plant Technicians
On the Job
Biomass Plant Technicians control and monitor the activities in biomass plants. Biomass plants produce renewable energy made from biological materials, such as plants or food. Biomass Plant Technicians operate machinery according to certain specifications. They inspect and troubleshoot equipment. They may also collect and report certain performance data, or clean the work area.
Typical Work Tasks
People who work in this career often:
- Calculate specific material, equipment, or labor requirements for production.
- Study blueprints or other instructions to determine equipment setup requirements.
- Inspect sustainable energy production facilities or equipment.
- Operate biomass or biofuel production equipment.
- Operate pumping systems or equipment.
- Notify others of equipment repair or maintenance needs.
- Maintain sustainable energy production equipment.
- Record operational or production data.
- Evaluate quality of materials or products.
- Adjust equipment controls to regulate flow of water, cleaning solutions, or other liquids.
Typical Working Conditions
- Wearing common protective or safety equipment such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, hard hats, or life jackets.
- Having face-to-face discussions.
- Working outdoors exposed to weather.
- Exposure to hazardous equipment.
- Working in very hot or cold temperatures.
- Working with a group or team.
- Serious consequences if mistakes are made.
- Responsibility for others' health and safety.
- Using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools, or controls.
- A work pace that is determined by the speed of equipment.
- The importance of being accurate or exact.
- The freedom to determine tasks, priorities, and goals.
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