Biofuels Processing Technicians


Overview

Biofuels Processing Technicians

Introduction

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...

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Median Salary

$57,100

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Employment Prospects

Good

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Minimum Education Level

Associate's Degree


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Experience

Apprenticeship


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Skills

Computer


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Personality Traits

Conventional

Earnings

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, in May 2018, plant and system operators, which includes biofuels processing technicians, had median annual incomes of $57,100, with the lowest 10 percent earning less than $34,580 and the top 10 percent earning $81,750 or more. Salaries vary depending on experience and type of employer. For example, experienced technicians who worked for local governme...

Work Environment

Biofuels processing technicians work indoors in manufacturing facilities and plants. They also spend time in offices and laboratories, using computers to input and study data, conduct research, write reports, and e-mail with coworkers and supervisors. Many plants operate around the clock, and technicians often work in shifts. They may be scheduled to work early mornings, evenings, and/or weeken...

Outlook

Funding for biofuels research and development varies depending on the U.S. government. In May 2019, the U.S. Department of Energy announced more than $79 million in bioenergy research and development funding. This figure included biofuels, biopower, and bioproducts. 

In general, plant and systems operators will decline in employment opportunities through 2028.

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