Biomass Plant Technicians

Manufacturing > Production

Projected Growth: Little or no change

Projected Job Openings

Some Preparation Needed

Job Description

Your job is to Control and monitor biomass plant activities and perform maintenance as needed.

Common job titles of Biomass Plant 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.

  • 64.96% said they needed a High School Diploma.

  • 24.3% said they needed a Post-Secondary Certificate.


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

    Manage parts and supply inventories for biomass plants.

    Clean work areas to ensure compliance with safety regulations.

    Record or report operational data, such as readings on meters, instruments, and gauges.

    Perform routine maintenance or make minor repairs to mechanical, electrical, or electronic equipment in biomass plants.

    Inspect biomass power plant or processing equipment, recording or reporting damage and mechanical problems.

    Operate valves, pumps, engines, or generators to control and adjust production of biofuels or biomass-fueled power.

    Operate equipment to start, stop, or regulate biomass-fueled generators, generator units, boilers, engines, or auxiliary systems.

    Measure and monitor raw biomass feedstock, including wood, waste, or refuse materials.

    Operate biomass fuel-burning boiler or biomass fuel gasification system equipment in accordance with specifications or instructions.

    Operate equipment to heat biomass, using knowledge of controls, combustion, and firing mechanisms.

    Operate high-pressure steam boiler or water chiller equipment for electrical cogeneration operations.

    Assess quality of biomass feedstock.

    Calculate, measure, load, or mix biomass feedstock for power generation.

    Preprocess feedstock to prepare for biochemical or thermochemical production processes.

    Read and interpret instruction manuals or technical drawings related to biomass-fueled power or biofuels production equipment or processes.


Wheeled front end loaders

Water samplers

Tub grinders

Steam turbines

Steam boilers

Reclaim feeders

Radial stackers

All Tools

Personal computers

Laptop computers

Heat recovery steam generators

Hammer hogs


Fuel metering conveyors

Dump trucks

Drive-on scales

Disc screeners

Desktop computers

Circulating fluidized bed boilers

Bubbling fluidized bed boilers

Biomass screeners

Biomass dryers

Biomass boilers

Belt conveyor systems


National Instruments LabVIEW

Distributed control system DCS

Energy analysis 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.


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


Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.

Quality Control Analysis

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

Equipment Maintenance

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

Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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.


Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.


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


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


Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Critical Thinking

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

Judgment and Decision Making

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.


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Occupation Sections



Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

Production and Processing

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

Computers and Electronics

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


Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

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 and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.

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