Biofuels Processing Technicians

Manufacturing > Production

Projected Growth: Little or no change

Projected Job Openings

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Job Description

Your job is to Calculate, measure, load, mix, and process refined feedstock with additives in fermentation or reaction process vessels and monitor production process. Perform, and keep records of, plant maintenance, repairs, and safety inspections.

Common job titles of Biofuels Processing Technicians include:

Experience and Education

Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.

  • 71.18% said they needed a High School Diploma.

  • 18.07% said they needed a Post-Secondary Certificate.


    Collect biofuels samples and perform routine laboratory tests or analyses to assess biofuels quality.

    Monitor stored biofuels products or secondary by-products until reused or transferred to users.

    Assess the quality of biofuels additives for reprocessing.

    Preprocess feedstock in preparation for physical, chemical, or biological fuel production processes.

    Operate valves, pumps, engines, or generators to control and adjust biofuels production.

    Clean biofuels processing work area, ensuring compliance with safety regulations.

    Inspect biofuels plant or processing equipment regularly, recording or reporting damage and mechanical problems.

    Monitor and record biofuels processing data.

    Monitor batch, continuous flow, or hybrid biofuels production processes.

    Monitor and record flow meter performance.

    Operate chemical processing equipment for the production of biofuels.

    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.

    Calculate, measure, load, or mix refined feedstock used in biofuels production.

    Measure and monitor raw biofuels feedstock.

    Coordinate raw product sourcing or collection.

    Perform routine maintenance on mechanical, electrical, or electronic equipment or instruments used in the processing of biofuels.

    Rebuild, repair, or replace biofuels processing equipment components.

    Calibrate liquid flow devices and meters, including fuel, chemical, and water meters.


Wheeled front end loaders

Water samplers

Viscosity meters

Vacuum systems


Throttle control valves TCV

Temperature sensors

All Tools

Stripper columns

Straight screwdrivers

Stop valves

Steam boilers

Static mixers

Skid steer loaders

Sifting screens

Self-contained breathing apparatus

Sample ports

Safety gloves

Reverse osmosis equipment

Reaction flasks

Protective ear plugs

Pressure gauges

Portable refractometers

Pneumatic conveyor systems

Phillips head screwdrivers

pH probes

Personal computers

Pallet jacks

Mole sieves

Moisture analyzers

Mobile radios

Milling equipment


Materials dryers

Level transmitters

Infrared temperature guns

High vacuum evaporation systems

High pressure liquid chromatograph HPLC equipment

Heat exchangers

Hazardous material spill kits

Hand sampling pumps

Halogen moisture balances

Gravity convection ovens

Glass graduated cylinders

Gate butterfly valves

Gas chromatographs GC


Flow transmitters

Flow control valves FCV

Fermentation processing vessels

Fall protection harnesses

Emissions monitoring systems

Emergency alarm systems

Electric timing devices

Dust and particulate respirators

Distillation columns

Digital hydrometers

Desktop computers


Crusher screens

Cooling towers

Chain hoists

Binocular light compound microscopes

Benchtop centrifuges

Belt filters

Belt conveyor systems

Ball valves


Air monitoring equipment

Air compressors


Adjustable widemouth pliers

Adjustable hand wrenches



Computerized maintenance management system CMMS

Data visualization software

Digital control systems DCS

Human machine interface HMI software

Inventory control software


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.


Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Quality Control Analysis

Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

Active Listening

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.


Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Equipment Maintenance

Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.


Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Social Perceptiveness

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.


Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.


Teaching others how to do something.

Service Orientation

Actively looking for ways to help people.


Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.


Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.


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Occupation Sections


Production and Processing

Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.


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.

Public Safety and Security

Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.


Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.

Computers and Electronics

Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

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