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Methane/Landfill Gas Generation System Technician  What They Do

Just the Facts


Monitors, operates, and maintains landfill gas collection system components and environmental monitoring and control systems.

This career is part of the Manufacturing cluster Production/Process Technology pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Operates landfill gas, methane, or natural gas fueled electrical generation systems.
  • Performs routine maintenance or minor repairs to landfill gas collection and power generation systems, including equipment such as pneumatic pumps, blower or flare systems, and condensate management systems.
  • Balances individual gas extraction wells at landfill gas facilities.
  • Diagnoses or troubleshoots problems with methane or landfill gas collection systems.
  • Downloads landfill gas well field monitoring data.
  • Measures landfill gas vegetative covering, installing additional covering as required.
  • Measures liquid levels in landfill gas extraction wells.
  • Monitors landfill well fields periodically to ensure proper functioning and performance.
  • Prepares and submits compliance, operational, and safety forms or reports.
  • Reads, interprets, and adjusts monitoring equipment, such as flow meters and pressure or vacuum gauges.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel