Maintenance Manager, Maintenance Supervisor, Operations Manager, Plant Manager
In the Air Force:
Electrical Power Production; Electrical Power Production Apprentice; Electrical Power Production Helper; Electrical Power Production Journeyman; Fuels Apprentice; Fuels Craftsman; Fuels Journeyman; Fuels Superintendent; Munitions and Missile Maintenance, Conventional; Munitions and Missile Maintenance, ICBM
In the Army:
Engineer Equipment Maintenance Warrant Officer; Marine Engineering Officer; Prime Power Production Specialist
At power plants that turn organic matter into heat and energy, biomass power plant managers are the bridge between production work on the ground, and executive leadership. During routine checks of a power plant’s equipment, you will see biomass power plant managers wearing necessary safety apparel, such as goggles and gloves. They maintain, repair, and test the production processes at biomass stations and substations, which rely on fuels such as wood, paper sludge, or other waste or refuse. In their office, you will find biomass plant managers scheduling different stages of production, recording maintenance and operational information, and developing budgets for the next big purchase or upcoming year. They regularly evaluate procedures to determine whether they’re in compliance with rules and regulations, and must notify higher-ups when changes need to occur. Biomass power plant managers usually enter the field with a bachelor’s degree in fields such as industrial engineering or the life sciences. A few years of on-the-job experience in a biomass power plant will also be helpful. Biomass power plant managers often work long hours, and may have to work overtime when deadlines approach. One thing’s for sure, biomass plant managers have to bring a lot of energy to this gig!
What they do:
Manage operations at biomass power generation facilities. Direct work activities at plant, including supervision of operations and maintenance staff.
On the job, you would:
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.
Supervise biomass plant or substation operations, maintenance, repair, or testing activities.
Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
manufacture and distribution of products
Engineering and Technology
product and service development
accounting and economics
Arts and Humanities
thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
talking to others
noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
managing your time and the time of other people
selecting and managing the best workers for a job
listen and understand what people say
communicate by speaking
Ideas and Logic
notice when problems happen
use rules to solve problems
quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things
see hidden patterns
People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business.
They do well at jobs that need:
Attention to Detail
You might use software like this on the job:
Electronic mail software
Facilities management software
Computerized maintenance management system CMMS
bachelor's degree or associate's degree usually needed
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
Green jobs have created this new and emerging type of work that wasn't around before.
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