Chemical Technician

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Biofuels Processing Technicians


Median wages


Calculate, measure, load, mix, and process refined feedstock with additives in fermentation or reaction process vessels and monitor production process. Perform, and keep records of, plant maintenance, repairs, and safety inspections.
  • Monitor batch, continuous flow, or hybrid biofuels production processes. 
  • Operate valves, pumps, engines, or generators to control and adjust biofuels production. 
  • Monitor and record biofuels processing data. 
  • Collect biofuels samples and perform routine laboratory tests or analyses to assess biofuels quality. 
  • Operate equipment, such as a centrifuge, to extract biofuels products and secondary by-products or reusable fractions. 
  • Process refined feedstock with additives in fermentation or reaction process vessels. 
  • Operate chemical processing equipment for the production of biofuels. 
  • Monitor and record flow meter performance. 
  • Inspect biofuels plant or processing equipment regularly, recording or reporting damage and mechanical problems. 
  • Measure and monitor raw biofuels feedstock. 
  • Preprocess feedstock in preparation for physical, chemical, or biological fuel production processes. 
  • Calculate, measure, load, or mix refined feedstock used in biofuels production. 
  • Monitor stored biofuels products or secondary by-products until reused or transferred to users. 
  • Assess the quality of biofuels additives for reprocessing. 
  • Clean biofuels processing work area, ensuring compliance with safety regulations. 
  • Perform routine maintenance on mechanical, electrical, or electronic equipment or instruments used in the processing of biofuels. 
  • Calibrate liquid flow devices and meters including fuel, chemical, and water meters. 
  • Rebuild, repair, or replace biofuels processing equipment components. 
  • Coordinate raw product sourcing or collection. 
  • Facilities management software — Computerized maintenance management system CMMS
  • Industrial control software — Digital control systems DCS; Human machine interface HMI software
  • Inventory management software — Inventory control software
  • Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel 
  • Word processing software — Microsoft Word
  • Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Instructing — Teaching others how to do something.
  • Repairing — Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
  • Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.

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