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Biomass Plant Technician  What They Do

Just the Facts


Controls and monitors biomass plant activities and performs maintenance as needed.

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


A person in this career:

  • Operates biomass fuel-burning boiler or biomass fuel gasification system equipment in accordance with specifications or instructions.
  • Operates valves, pumps, engines, or generators to control and adjust production of biofuels or biomass-fueled power.
  • Operates equipment to start, stop, or regulate biomass-fueled generators, generator units, boilers, engines, or auxiliary systems.
  • Inspects biomass power plant or processing equipment, recording or reporting damage and mechanical problems.
  • Records or reports operational data such as readings on meters, instruments, and gauges.
  • Cleans work areas to ensure compliance with safety regulations.
  • Measures and monitors raw biomass feedstock, including wood, waste, or refuse materials.
  • Performs routine maintenance or makes minor repairs to mechanical, electrical, or electronic equipment in biomass plants.
  • Reads and interprets instruction manuals or technical drawings related to biomass-fueled power or biofuels production equipment or processes.
  • Operates high-pressure steam boiler or water chiller equipment for electrical cogeneration operations.

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 in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Requires getting into awkward positions
  • Lighting is either extremely bright or inadequate
  • Conditions are very hot (above 90 F) or very cold (under 32 F)
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Exposed to conditions such as high voltage electricity, combustibles, explosives, and chemicals more than once a month
  • Exposed to hazardous equipment such as saws, machinery, or vehicular traffic more than once a month
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation requires being outside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time
  • Whole body vibrations, such as when operating a jackhammer
  • Work in this occupation involves walking or running more than one-third of the time
  • Work at heights above 8 feet more than once a month on structures such as ladders, poles, scaffolding, and catwalks

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Identifying color and seeing differences in color, including shades and brightness
  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Auxiliary Engineer --
  • Auxiliary Operator --
  • Biomass Facilitator --
  • Boiler Operator --
  • Control Room Operator --
  • Equipment Operator --
  • Fuel Handler --
  • Fuel Quality Tech --
  • Instrumentation and Controls Technician --
  • Plant Operator --