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Biofuels Production Managers
SOC Code: 11-3051.03

Manage biofuels production and plant operations. Collect and process information on plant production and performance, diagnose problems, and design corrective procedures.

Sample of reported job titles: Biofuels Production Manager, Cellulosic Ethanol Production Plant Manager, Energy Operations Vice President, Ethanol Operations Manager, Lead Operator, Operations Manager, Plant Manager, Plant Operations Vice President, Production Coordinator, Production Manager

Tasks

  • Supervise production employees in the manufacturing of biofuels, such as biodiesel or ethanol.
  • Manage operations at biofuels power generation facilities, including production, shipping, maintenance, or quality assurance activities.
  • Provide direction to employees to ensure compliance with biofuels plant safety, environmental, or operational standards and regulations.
  • Confer with technical and supervisory personnel to report or resolve conditions affecting biofuels plant safety, operational efficiency, and product quality.
  • Review logs, datasheets, or reports to ensure adequate production levels or to identify abnormalities with biofuels production equipment or processes.
  • Monitor meters, flow gauges, or other real-time data to ensure proper operation of biofuels production equipment, implementing corrective measures as needed.
  • Adjust temperature, pressure, vacuum, level, flow rate, or transfer of biofuels to maintain processes at required levels.
  • Provide training to subordinate or new employees to improve biofuels plant safety or increase the production of biofuels.
  • Shut down and restart biofuels plant or equipment in emergency situations or for equipment maintenance, repairs, or replacements.
  • Monitor transportation and storage of flammable or other potentially dangerous feedstocks or products to ensure adherence to safety guidelines.
  • Draw samples of biofuels products or secondary by-products for quality control testing.
  • Approve proposals for the acquisition, replacement, or repair of biofuels processing equipment or the implementation of new production processes.
  • Prepare and manage biofuels plant or unit budgets.
  • Conduct cost, material, and efficiency studies for biofuels production plants or operations.

Technology Skills

  • Calendar and scheduling software - Employee scheduling software
  • Computer aided design CAD software - Autodesk AutoCAD
  • Electronic mail software - Microsoft Outlook
  • Facilities management software - Computerized maintenance management system CMMS
  • Industrial control software - Distributed control system DCS; Human machine interface HMI software
  • Internet browser software - Web browser software
  • Inventory management software - Inventory control software
  • Office suite software - Microsoft Office
  • Presentation software - Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Spreadsheet software - Microsoft Excel
  • Word processing software - Microsoft Word

Tools Used

  • Air samplers or collectors - Air monitoring equipment
  • Alarm systems - Emergency alarm systems
  • Ball valves
  • Belt conveyors - Belt conveyor systems
  • Clock timers - Electric timing devices
  • Control valves - Flow control valves FCV; Throttle control valves TCV
  • Desktop computers
  • Forklifts
  • Gate valves - Gate butterfly valves
  • Globe valves - Stop valves
  • Hand pumps - Hand sampling pumps
  • Laboratory flasks - Reaction flasks
  • Laboratory graduated cylinders - Glass graduated cylinders
  • Laboratory mechanical convection ovens - Gravity convection ovens
  • Moisture meters - Moisture analyzers
  • Personal computers
  • pH meters - pH probes
  • Plant samples analysis equipment - Sample ports
  • Respiration air supplying self contained breathing apparatus or accessories - Self-contained breathing apparatus
  • Respirators - Dust and particulate respirators
  • Spill kits - Hazardous material spill kits
  • Standard fermentation units - Fermentation processing vessels
  • Test sieves - Mole sieves
  • Two way radios - Mobile radios

Knowledge

  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • 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.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • 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.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Personnel and Human Resources - Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
  • Physics - Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
  • Economics and Accounting - Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.

Skills

  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Management of Personnel Resources - Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • 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.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Systems Analysis - Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • Persuasion - Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
  • Management of Financial Resources - Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.
  • Mathematics - Using mathematics to solve problems.
  • Negotiation - Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
  • 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.

Abilities

  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • 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 Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Selective Attention - The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
  • 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.
  • Perceptual Speed - The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
  • Time Sharing - The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
  • Category Flexibility - The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
  • Far Vision - The ability to see details at a distance.
  • 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).
  • 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).
  • Mathematical Reasoning - The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
  • 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.
  • Visual Color Discrimination - The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.

Interests

  • Interest code: ECR
    • 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.
    • Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
    • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.

Work Context

  • Electronic Mail - 100% responded “Every day.”
  • Face-to-Face Discussions - 93% responded “Every day.”
  • Telephone - 96% responded “Every day.”
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety - 86% responded “Very high responsibility.”
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results - 81% responded “Very high responsibility.”
  • Work With Work Group or Team - 76% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Contact With Others - 71% responded “Constant contact with others.”
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets - 86% responded “Every day.”
  • Frequency of Decision Making - 82% responded “Every day.”
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results - 76% responded “Very important results.”
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled - 78% responded “Every day.”
  • Duration of Typical Work Week - 76% responded “More than 40 hours.”
  • Freedom to Make Decisions - 49% responded “A lot of freedom.”
  • Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled - 62% responded “Every day.”
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate - 48% responded “Very important.”
  • Exposed to Hazardous Conditions - 47% responded “Every day.”
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work - 58% responded “Some freedom.”
  • Very Hot or Cold Temperatures - 38% responded “Every day.”
  • Outdoors, Exposed to Weather - 54% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Consequence of Error - 46% responded “Extremely serious.”
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable - 55% responded “Every day.”
  • Time Pressure - 40% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Exposed to Contaminants - 42% responded “Every day.”
  • Coordinate or Lead Others - 47% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Deal With External Customers - 30% responded “Very important.”
  • Pace Determined by Speed of Equipment - 46% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks - 33% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Letters and Memos - 34% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Outdoors, Under Cover - 41% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Exposed to High Places - 42% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations - 37% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
  • Degree of Automation - 51% responded “Highly automated.”
  • Spend Time Sitting - 78% responded “About half the time.”
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment - 34% responded “Never.”
  • Physical Proximity - 41% responded “Slightly close (e.g., shared office).”
  • Level of Competition - 55% responded “Moderately competitive.”

Education

Percentage of RespondentsEducation Level Required
45%Bachelor's degree
19%Some college, no degree
15%Associate's degree

Work Styles

  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Leadership - Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Innovation - Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
  • 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.
  • 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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Recognition - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.

Wages & Trends

  • Median wages (2017)
    • $48.36 hourly, $100,580 annual
  • Employment (2016)
    • 171,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2016-2026)
    • Little or no change (-1% to 1%)
  • Projected job openings (2016-2026)
    • 11,600

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