Biofuels Processing Technician

Biodiesel Process Control Technician, Biodiesel Processing Technician   More Names
Biodiesel Production Associate, Biodiesel Production Technician, Biofuels Processing Technician, Biofuels Production Associate, Biofuels Production Technician, Biomass Plant Technician, Board Operator, Chemical Operator, Ethanol Operator, Kettle Operator, Mash Preparatory Operator, Operator, Process Operator, Process Technician, Production Operator, Systems Technician

Biofuel is an alternative source of renewable energy. Biofuels, like ethanol, biodiesel, and vegetable oil, are derived from plants and plant materials. Algae, switchgrass, and used vegetable oil from fast-food restaurants are examples of what can be used to create biofuel. Sources like these are called feedstocks. Technicians at processing plants convert feedstock into fuel through various technologies. They perform a wide variety of tasks, from blending chemicals to operating industrial equipment to testing fuel quality. Workers must follow a number of standard operating procedures and abide by all safety protocols. Staff may keep records or logs during each shift, noting any plant activities and reporting any problems to supervisory staff.

Process technicians handle the floor-level manufacturing of some of the nation's more complicated medical devices, pharmaceuticals and biofuels. These professionals find careers in the medical field, operating equipment that manages the sterilization of plant facilities as well as being responsible for mixing the chemicals that create pill capsules and medicinal liquids. Fuel companies also employ these technicians to oversee biofuel divisions and monitor facility safety and inspect equipment.

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Job Growth and Wages
Percent Job Growth:  
-3% - Decline slowly or moderately
Typical Wages (National):  
Annual: $41,740 - $66,290    Hourly: $20 - $32
Physical/Medical/Health Requirements

Technicians work in a variety of settings including offices, laboratories, and in processing plants. Technicians who work in processing plants may face unpleasant working conditions such as noise from processing machinery.

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Typical Education:

High School or GED (HS)
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Percent Job Growth:

-3% - Decline slowly or moderately
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Typical Wages:

Annual: $41,740 - $66,290

Hourly: $20 - $32