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Biomass Plant Technicians

Also called: Boiler Operator, Control Room Operator, Fuel Handler, Plant Operator

What they do:
Control and monitor biomass plant activities and perform maintenance as needed.
On the job, you would:
  • Operate biomass fuel-burning boiler or biomass fuel gasification system equipment in accordance with specifications or instructions.
  • 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.


Engineering and Technology
  • mechanical
  • computers and electronics
Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • manufacture and distribution of products
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
  • physics
Safety and Government
  • public safety and security


Basic Skills
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Controlled Movement
  • quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat
  • change when and how fast you move based on how something else is moving
  • pay attention to something without being distracted
  • do two or more things at the same time
Hand and Finger Use
  • hold or move items with your hands


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Dependability
  • Attention to Detail
  • Self Control
  • Cooperation
  • Initiative
  • Stress Tolerance


You might use software like this on the job:

Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel
Development environment software
  • National Instruments LabVIEW
Office suite software
  • Microsoft Office software


Education: (rated 2 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
certificate after high school
usually needed

Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
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