Biomass Plant Technicians

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Auxiliary Operator, Fuel Handler, Operations Technician (Operations Tech), Plant Operator

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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.
  • Perform tests of water chemistry in boilers.
  • Operate high-pressure steam boiler or water chiller equipment for electrical cogeneration operations.


Engineering and Technology

  • mechanical
  • product and service development

Math and Science

  • chemistry

Arts and Humanities

  • English language

Manufactured or Agricultural Goods

  • manufacture and distribution of products


Basic Skills

  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem

Problem Solving

  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


Controlled Movement

  • quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat
  • use your arms and/or legs together while sitting, standing, or lying down

Ideas and Logic

  • notice when problems happen
  • order or arrange things


  • pay attention to something without being distracted
  • do two or more things at the same time


  • read and understand what is written


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
  • Cooperation
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Initiative


You might use software like this on the job:

Spreadsheet software

  • Microsoft Excel Hot Technology

Electronic mail software

  • Microsoft Outlook Hot Technology

Development environment software

  • National Instruments LabVIEW


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

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