Biomass Power Plant Managers

Business Management & Administration > Operations Management

Projected Growth: Little or no change

Projected Job Openings

Considerable Preparation Needed

Job Description

Your job is to Manage operations at biomass power generation facilities. Direct work activities at plant, including supervision of operations and maintenance staff.

Common job titles of Biomass Power Plant Managers include:

Experience and Education

A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for this occupation. For example, a person in this occupation must complete four years of college and work for several years in industry to be considered qualified.

  • 64.06% said they needed a Bachelor's Degree.

  • 22.13% said they needed a Associate's Degree.


    Supervise biomass plant or substation operations, maintenance, repair, or testing activities.

    Conduct field inspections of biomass plants, stations, or substations to ensure normal and safe operating conditions.

    Review logs, datasheets, or reports to ensure adequate production levels and safe production environments or to identify abnormalities with power production equipment or processes.

    Review biomass operations performance specifications to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements.

    Plan and schedule plant activities, such as wood, waste, or refuse fuel deliveries, ash removal, and regular maintenance.

    Supervise operations or maintenance employees in the production of power from biomass, such as wood, coal, paper sludge, or other waste or refuse.

    Inspect biomass gasification processes, equipment, and facilities for ways to maximize capacity and minimize operating costs.

    Monitor the operating status of biomass plants by observing control system parameters, distributed control systems, switchboard gauges, dials, or other indicators.

    Monitor and operate communications systems, such as mobile radios.

    Evaluate power production or demand trends to identify opportunities for improved operations.

    Compile and record operational data on forms or in log books.

    Adjust equipment controls to generate specified amounts of electrical power.

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

    Prepare reports on biomass plant operations, status, maintenance, and other information.

    Manage parts and supply inventories for biomass plants.

    Test, maintain, or repair electrical power distribution machinery or equipment, using hand tools, power tools, and testing devices.

    Prepare and manage biomass plant budgets.

    Shut down and restart biomass power plants or equipment in emergency situations or for equipment maintenance, repairs, or replacements.


Wood feed systems

Water samplers

Steam turbines

Steam boilers

Radial stackers

Personal computers

Laptop computers

All Tools

Heat recovery steam generators

Desktop computers

Cooling towers

Circulating fluidized bed boilers

Bubbling fluidized bed boilers

Biomass boilers


Computer aided design CAD software

Computerized maintenance management system CMMS

Distributed control system DCS

Employee scheduling software

Inventory control software


Critical Thinking

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


Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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.

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.


Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Management of Personnel Resources

Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.

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.

Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Operation Monitoring

Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.


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

Systems Analysis

Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

Management of Financial Resources

Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.


Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.

Quality Control Analysis

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

Systems Evaluation

Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.

Social Perceptiveness

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

Management of Material Resources

Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work.

Active Learning

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.


Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.


Teaching others how to do something.


Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension

Tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Problem Sensitivity

Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension

Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression

Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Deductive Reasoning

Communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Expression

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