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Biofuels/Biodiesel Technology & Product Development Managers

Also called: Analytical Research Program Manager, Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Project Development Director, Senior Research Scientist

What they do:
Define, plan, or execute biofuels/biodiesel research programs that evaluate alternative feedstock and process technologies with near-term commercial potential.
On the job, you would:
  • Design or conduct applied biodiesel or biofuels research projects on topics such as transport, thermodynamics, mixing, filtration, distillation, fermentation, extraction, and separation.
  • Analyze data from biofuels studies, such as fluid dynamics, water treatments, or solvent extraction and recovery processes.
  • Prepare, or oversee the preparation of, experimental plans for biofuels research or development.

Knowledge

Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Math and Science
  • chemistry
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
Engineering and Technology
  • product and service development
  • computers and electronics
Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • manufacture and distribution of products

Skills

Basic Skills
  • reading work related information
  • talking to others
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one

Abilities

Verbal
  • listen and understand what people say
  • read and understand what is written
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • use rules to solve problems
Math
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide
Attention
  • pay attention to something without being distracted

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Dependability
  • Integrity
  • Attention to Detail
  • Stress Tolerance

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Analytical or scientific software
  • Fleet Asset Management and Optimization Solutions FAMOS PEPSE
  • GE Energy GateCycle
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel
Electronic mail software
  • Email software

Education

Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
master's degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Salary
$128,170
per year, on average
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