Biomass Power Plant Managers


Overview

Biomass Power Plant Managers

Introduction

Biomass power plant managers oversee the operations of biomass power plants or substations. They work at biomass power facilities that generate power from biomass materials like wood, paper sludge, coal, or other waste or refuse. They supervise biomass power plant operations or maintenance staff, making sure maintenance activities are followed according to regulations. They monitor and adjust equipment to ensure appropriate production levels are met and comply with environmental standards. The Department of Labor does not yet have d...

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Median Salary

$103,380

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Employment Prospects

Good

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Minimum Education Level

Bachelor's Degree


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Experience

Three to four years


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Skills

Interpersonal


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Personality Traits

Problem-Solving

Earnings

Power plant operations managers earned an average annual salary of $135,139, with salaries ranging from $123,309 to $150,462 or more, in September 2019, as reported by Salary.com. Industrial production managers earned a median salary of $103,380 in May 2018, according to the Department of Labor. The lowest 10 percent earned $63,470 or less and the highest 10 percent earned $1...

Work Environment

Biomass power plant managers work 40 or more hours per week. They spend part of their work day in the production areas of the power plant, observing workers and production processes, testing machinery, and making repairs. They wear protective gear such as helmets, goggles, gloves, and uniforms when they are on the production floor. Another part of their day is spent in their offices, on their c...

Outlook

The renewable energy industry is still developing and the biomass power plant manager role is a relatively new and emerging occupation. Employment is expected to show little or no change through 2028, as per the Occupational Information Network. 

Funding for research and development of renewable energy sources such as biomass will vary depending upon federal budgets. Interest in securing...

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