Biofuels Processing Technician

Also called: Biodiesel Process Control Technician, Biodiesel Processing Technician, Biodiesel Production Associate, Biodiesel Production Technician, Biofuels Data Scientist

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Biofuels processing technicians calculate, measure, load, mix, and process refined feedstock with additives in fermentation or reaction process vessels and monitor the production process. Perform, and keep records of, plant maintenance, repairs, and safety inspections.

  • Monitor batch, continuous flow, or hybrid biofuels production processes.
  • Operate valves, pumps, engines, or generators to control and adjust biofuels production.
  • Monitor and record biofuels processing data.
  • Collect biofuels samples and perform routine laboratory tests or analyses to assess biofuels quality.
  • Operate equipment, such as a centrifuge, to extract biofuels products and secondary by-products or reusable fractions.
  • Process refined feedstock with additives in fermentation or reaction process vessels.
  • Operate chemical processing equipment for the production of biofuels.
  • Monitor and record flow meter performance.
  • Inspect biofuels plant or processing equipment regularly, recording or reporting damage and mechanical problems.
  • Measure and monitor raw biofuels feedstock.
  • Preprocess feedstock in preparation for physical, chemical, or biological fuel production processes.
  • Calculate, measure, load, or mix refined feedstock used in biofuels production.
  • Monitor stored biofuels products or secondary by-products until reused or transferred to users.
  • Assess the quality of biofuels additives for reprocessing.
  • Clean biofuels processing work area, ensuring compliance with safety regulations.
  • Perform routine maintenance on mechanical, electrical, or electronic equipment or instruments used in the processing of biofuels.
  • Calibrate liquid flow devices and meters, including fuel, chemical, and water meters.
  • Rebuild, repair, or replace biofuels processing equipment components.
  • Coordinate raw product sourcing or collection.
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Work Activities
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
  • Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
  • Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
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Detailed Work Activities
  • Measure ingredients or substances to be used in production processes.
  • Calculate specific material, equipment, or labor requirements for production.
  • Load materials into production equipment.
  • Operate biomass or biofuel production equipment.
  • Operate biomass or biofuel production equipment.
  • Operate pumping systems or equipment.
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Knowledge

Production and Processing
  • Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
Mechanical
  • Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
English Language
  • Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
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Skills

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.
Reading Comprehension
  • Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Quality Control Analysis
  • Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
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Abilities

Oral Comprehension
  • The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Written Comprehension
  • The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Oral Expression
  • The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Speech Recognition
  • The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
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Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Achievement/Effort
  • Persistence
  • Initiative
  • Leadership
  • Cooperation
  • Concern for Others
  • Social Orientation
  • Self Control
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Technology

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Business intelligence and data analysis software
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Analytical or scientific software
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  • Data visualization software
Object or component oriented development software
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