Methane/Landfill Gas Generation System Technicians


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Methane/Landfill Gas Generation System Technicians

Introduction

Methane/landfill gas generation system technicians are responsible for monitoring and maintaining the components of landfill gas collection systems. They operate and oversee methane/landfill gas collection and power generation systems, making adjustments and repairs as necessary. They make sure landfill gas is properly and efficiently converted to electricity or other forms of energy. There are approximately 13,000 plant and system operators employed in the United States. 

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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

One to two years experience


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Skills

Computer


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Personality Traits

Hands On

Earnings

Landfill gas generation system technicians earned an average base salary of $87,777 in March 2020, according to SalaryExpert.com. The entry-level salary for technicians with three or less years of experience was $62,061 and the senior-level salary for technicians with eight or more years of experience was $108,764. According to the Department of Labor, plant and system operators, all other, emp...

Work Environment

Methane/landfill gas generation system technicians work outdoors in all types of weather conditions. The job can be hazardous as the equipment can be large, heavy, and noisy. They must have physical stamina to be able to handle the crouching, kneeling, and bending that may be required to evaluate and repair equipment. They follow safety procedures and regulations and wear protective clothing an...

Outlook

The Department of Labor forecasts little or no employment growth for plant and system operators, all other, through 2028. As environmental regulations regarding landfills, methane, and gas collection processes continue to be tightened, companies will need experienced technicians to ensure methane/landfill gas generation and collection machines and systems are operating correctly and in complian...

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