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Methane/Landfill Gas Generation System Technicians
SOC Code: 51-8099.02

Monitor, operate, and maintain landfill gas collection system components and environmental monitoring and control systems.


  • Operate landfill gas, methane, or natural gas fueled electrical generation systems.
  • Perform 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.
  • Balance individual gas extraction wells at landfill gas facilities.
  • Diagnose or troubleshoot problems with methane or landfill gas collection systems.
  • Download landfill gas well field monitoring data.
  • Measure landfill gas vegetative covering, installing additional covering as required.
  • Measure liquid levels in landfill gas extraction wells.
  • Monitor landfill well fields periodically to ensure proper functioning and performance.
  • Prepare and submit compliance, operational, and safety forms or reports.
  • Read, interpret, and adjust monitoring equipment, such as flow meters and pressure or vacuum gauges.
  • Record and maintain log of well-head gauge pressure readings.
  • Verify that well field monitoring data conforms to applicable regulations.
  • Analyze the layout, instrumentation, or function of electrical generation or transmission facilities.
  • Monitor landfill gas perimeter probes to identify landfill gas migration.
  • Perform landfill surface scans to determine overall effectiveness of the landfill gas site.
  • Repair or replace landfill gas piping.
  • Trace electrical circuitry for landfill gas buildings to ensure compliance of electrical systems with applicable codes or laws.

Technology Skills

  • Analytical or scientific software - Landfill gas analysis software; Landtec System Software LFG Pro
  • Electronic mail software - Email software
  • Internet browser software - Web browser software
  • Office suite software - Microsoft Office
  • Presentation software - Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Spreadsheet software - Microsoft Excel
  • Word processing software - Microsoft Word

Tools Used

  • Adjustable widemouth pliers
  • Adjustable wrenches - Adjustable hand wrenches
  • Air compressors
  • Air samplers or collectors - Air samplers
  • All terrain vehicles tracked or wheeled - All terrain vehicles ATV
  • Anemometers - Micro anemometers
  • Backhoes
  • Claw hammer - Claw hammers
  • Combustible or hazardous gas detectors for power generators - Combustible gas monitors
  • Desktop computers
  • Dump trucks
  • Flare or vent stacks - Enclosed flares; Open flares
  • Flowmeters - Flow monitoring equipment
  • Gas detectors - Gas leak detectors
  • Gas generators - Portable gas-powered generators
  • Grease guns - Grease dispensing guns
  • Hand pumps - Hand sampling pumps
  • Infrared imagers - Infrared analyzers
  • Light trucks or sport utility vehicles - Utility trucks
  • Multi gas monitors - Multiple gas monitors
  • Notebook computers
  • Oxygen gas analyzers - Oxygen analyzers
  • Personal computers
  • Portable data input terminals - Dataloggers
  • Pressure sensors - Pressure gauges
  • Safety valves - Pressure valves
  • Screwdrivers - Phillips head screwdrivers; Straight screwdrivers
  • Skid steer loaders
  • Temperature transmitters - Temperature sensors
  • Water pumps
  • Water samplers


  • Interest code: RCI
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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 Values

  • Support - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
  • 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.

Wages & Trends

  • Median wages (2017)
    • $27.08 hourly, $56,330 annual
  • Employment (2016)
    • 12,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2016-2026)
    • Slower than average (2% to 4%)
  • Projected job openings (2016-2026)
    • 1,200

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