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Biofuels/Biodiesel Technology and Product Development Managers
SOC Code: 11-9041.01

Define, plan, or execute biofuels/biodiesel research programs that evaluate alternative feedstock and process technologies with near-term commercial potential.

Sample of reported job titles: Analytical Research Program Manager, Biodiesel Division Manager, Biofuels Manager, Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Laboratory Manager (Lab Manager), Manager of Business Development and New Technology, Project Development Director, Scientist, Senior Research Associate, Senior Research Scientist

Tasks

  • Design or conduct applied biodiesel or biofuels research projects on topics such as transport, thermodynamics, mixing, filtration, distillation, fermentation, extraction, and separation.
  • Analyze data from biofuels studies, such as fluid dynamics, water treatments, or solvent extraction and recovery processes.
  • Prepare, or oversee the preparation of, experimental plans for biofuels research or development.
  • Provide technical or scientific guidance to technical staff in the conduct of biofuels research or development.
  • Propose new biofuels products, processes, technologies or applications based on findings from applied biofuels or biomass research projects.
  • Conduct experiments on biomass or pretreatment technologies.
  • Prepare biofuels research and development reports for senior management or technical professionals.
  • Develop lab scale models of industrial scale processes, such as fermentation.
  • Oversee biodiesel/biofuels prototyping or development projects.
  • Conduct experiments to test new or alternate feedstock fermentation processes.
  • Develop methods to estimate the efficiency of biomass pretreatments.
  • Develop carbohydrates arrays and associated methods for screening enzymes involved in biomass conversion.
  • Perform protein functional analysis and engineering for processing of feedstock and creation of biofuels.
  • Conduct research to breed or develop energy crops with improved biomass yield, environmental adaptability, pest resistance, production efficiency, bioprocessing characteristics, or reduced environmental impacts.
  • Develop computational tools or approaches to improve biofuels research and development activities.
  • Develop separation processes to recover biofuels.
  • Design chemical conversion processes, such as etherification, esterification, interesterification, transesterification, distillation, hydrogenation, oxidation or reduction of fats and oils, and vegetable oil refining.
  • Design or execute solvent or product recovery experiments in laboratory or field settings.
  • Develop methods to recover ethanol or other fuels from complex bioreactor liquid and gas streams.

Technology Skills

  • Analytical or scientific software - Agilent ChemStation; Fleet Asset Management and Optimization Solutions FAMOS PEPSE; GE Energy GateCycle
  • Computer aided design CAD software
  • Electronic mail software - Email software
  • Enterprise resource planning ERP software - SAP
  • Internet browser software - Web browser software
  • Presentation software - Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Project management software - Microsoft Project
  • Spreadsheet software - Microsoft Excel
  • Word processing software - Microsoft Word

Tools Used

  • Autosamplers
  • Bi distillation units - Distillation equipment
  • Carbon filtration equipment - Absorption equipment
  • Desktop computers
  • Dissolved oxygen meters - Dissolved oxygen monitors
  • Extracting equipment for laboratories - Extraction equipment
  • Flow sensors - Flow indicators
  • Forced air or mechanical convection general purpose incubators - Forced convection incubators
  • Gas chromatographs - Gas chromatographs GC
  • Gel documentation systems - Gel electrophoresis equipment
  • HEPA filtered enclosures - Biosafety cabinets
  • High pressure liquid chromatograph chromatography - High pressure liquid chromatographs HPLC
  • Inverted microscopes - Inverted compound microscopes
  • Laboratory flasks - Glass flasks
  • Level sensors or transmitters - Level indicators
  • Mass spectrometers - Gas chromatograph mass spectrometers GC-MS
  • Microbiology fermentation equipment - Bioreactors
  • Mixers or agitators - Flocculators
  • Notebook computers - Laptop computers
  • Personal computers
  • pH meters - pH indicators
  • Pressure indicators
  • Protective gloves - Safety gloves
  • Rapid amplification or complementary deoxyribonucleic acid ends RACE technology products - Polymerase chain reaction PCR equipment
  • Remote reading thermometers - Temperature probes
  • Safety glasses
  • Shaking incubators - Orbital incubating shakers
  • Spectrophotometers
  • Standard fermentation units - Fermentation systems
  • Steam autoclaves or sterilizers - Top-loading autoclaves

Knowledge

  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Chemistry - Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

Skills

  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Systems Analysis - Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • 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.
  • Systems Evaluation - Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Management of Personnel Resources - Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
  • Mathematics - Using mathematics to solve problems.
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Persuasion - Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.

Abilities

  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Category Flexibility - The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
  • Mathematical Reasoning - The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Originality - The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
  • Selective Attention - The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
  • Fluency of Ideas - The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Flexibility of Closure - The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
  • Number Facility - The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
  • Far Vision - The ability to see details at a distance.

Interests

  • Interest code: EI
    • Enterprising - Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
    • Investigative - Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.

Work Context

  • Electronic Mail - 97% responded “Every day.”
  • Face-to-Face Discussions - 89% responded “Every day.”
  • Work With Work Group or Team - 54% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Freedom to Make Decisions - 50% responded “A lot of freedom.”
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work - 48% responded “A lot of freedom.”
  • Duration of Typical Work Week - 69% responded “More than 40 hours.”
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled - 80% responded “Every day.”
  • Telephone - 67% responded “Every day.”
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate - 47% responded “Very important.”
  • Contact With Others - 37% responded “Constant contact with others.”
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets - 61% responded “Every day.”
  • Frequency of Decision Making - 51% responded “Every day.”
  • Coordinate or Lead Others - 40% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results - 55% responded “High responsibility.”
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results - 34% responded “Very important results.”
  • Level of Competition - 29% responded “Extremely competitive.”
  • Letters and Memos - 30% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Spend Time Sitting - 33% responded “Less than half the time.”
  • Time Pressure - 46% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety - 44% responded “High responsibility.”
  • Exposed to Hazardous Conditions - 36% responded “Every day.”
  • Exposed to Contaminants - 29% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled - 31% responded “Every day.”

Education

Percentage of RespondentsEducation Level Required
55%Bachelor's degree
29%Master's degree
6%Associate's degree

Work Styles

  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
  • Independence - Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  • Leadership - Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
  • Innovation - Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
  • Social Orientation - Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.

Work Values

  • Achievement - Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
  • Working Conditions - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
  • Independence - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.

Wages & Trends

  • Median wages (2017)
    • $66.21 hourly, $137,720 annual
  • Employment (2016)
    • 180,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2016-2026)
    • Average (5% to 9%)
  • Projected job openings (2016-2026)
    • 13,600

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