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Biofuels Processing Technician

This is an emerging occupation. It may have evolved from an existing occupation or emerged in response to consumer needs or technological advances. In general, biofuels processing technicians carry out the laboratory work involved in producing biofuels such as ethanol and biodiesel.

  • Avg. Salary N/A
  • Avg. Wage N/A
  • Minimum Education High school diploma
  • Outlook N/A
  • Employed 3,700
  • In Demand Lower
Also Known As

Biomass Technician, Biomass Plant Technician

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

47%
47%
Average Wage
Starting
Overall
Top
  • Certification Not Regulated
  • Strength Required Lift over 20 kg
NOC & Interest Codes
The Biofuels Processing Technician is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Chemical Technicians
NOC code: 2211.2
METHODICAL

Interest in compiling records for analytical studies; and in preparing solutions of gas and liquid, reagents and sample formulations

OBJECTIVE

Interest in precision working to operate and maintain laboratory equipment and apparatus, and to assist with environmental air and water quality monitoring and protection

innovative

Interest in assisting to develop and conduct programs of sampling and analysis to maintain quality standards; and in carrying out a limited range of other technical functions in support of chemical research, tests and analyses

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. 
It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation.

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

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Duties
Updated Mar 11, 2016

Biofuel is a renewable energy source created out of biomass (that is, biological materials such as wood, sugarcane, corn starch, or agricultural waste). Biofuels processing technicians are responsible for overseeing the conversion of biomass into biofuels such as ethanol and biodiesel.

Biofuels processing technicians:  

  • read and interpret instruction manuals or technical drawings related to biofuels production equipment or processes
  • assess the quality of biofuels or biomass feedstock
  • preprocess feedstock in preparation for fuel production
  • calculate, measure, mix and load feedstock into production equipment
  • operate production equipment
  • monitor and regulate production processes and flow levels
  • manage parts and supplies for production equipment or processes
  • inspect, maintain and make minor repairs to production equipment
  • perform laboratory tests using wet chemistry methods and instruments for the purposes of quality control.

Biofuels processing technicians may be supervised by biofuels production managers and may supervise manufacturing assistants.

Working Conditions
Updated Mar 11, 2016

Biofuels processing technicians work in biofuels power generation facilities or in laboratories. They usually work in shifts, since power generation facilities operate 24 hours a day. Biofuels processing technicians often work with hazardous materials and chemicals, and must follow all appropriate safety procedures and wear safety equipment such as gloves or goggles. Biofuels processing technicians may be required to lift or move equipment that weighs over 20 kilograms.

  • Strength Required Lift over 20 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Mar 11, 2016

Biofuels processing technicians need the following characteristics:

  • strong mathematics and science skills
  • good manual dexterity
  • good oral and written communication skills
  • organizational skills
  • the ability to follow instructions and plans and work to exact specifications
  • good attention to detail
  • the ability to work independently.
Educational Requirements
Updated Mar 11, 2016

Most emerging occupations develop from more than one occupation so biofuels processing technicians may come from a variety of education and training backgrounds. Prior to enrolling in an education program, prospective students should contact associations and employers in this field to investigate education options and employment possibilities.

Employers often require that biofuels processing technicians have completed high school. Some employers may require completion of a relevant college or technical school program.

Biofuels processing technicians need to be knowledgeable about:

  • chemistry and chemical processes
  • laboratory tests and procedures using various chemicals
  • safe handling of hazardous materials
  • working with scientific instruments and production equipment.

For a broad list of programs and courses that may be related to this occupation try searching using keywords.

Certification Requirements
Updated Mar 11, 2016

Certification is not required, as there is currently no legislation regulating this occupation.

Employment & Advancement
Updated Mar 11, 2016

Emerging occupations typically are the result of:

  • an increased human need (for example, the need for alternate sources of energy)
  • technological advances
  • greater specialization within an occupation.

Often there are too few people working in an emerging occupation to gather survey information. Therefore, it can be difficult to define advancement opportunities or employment outlook. Some Albertans are already working in this emerging occupation but future demand for biofuels processing technicians is unknown.

Biofuels processing technicians may be employed by:

  • commercial or industrial energy producers
  • ethanol or biogas plants
  • producers of biomass, such as forestry or agricultural organizations.

Biofuel processing technicians with sufficient experience and some additional education can move into technologist roles or become senior operators. Opportunities may be available in quality assurance or in management.

The employment outlook in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • trends and events affecting overall employment
  • location in Alberta
  • employment turnover (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions)
  • occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions that never existed before)
  • size of the occupation
Wage & Salary
Updated Mar 11, 2016

Often there are too few people working in an emerging occupation to gather survey information. Therefore, no current salary data is available for this occupation.

Salary data is available for the larger National Occupational Classification 2211: Chemical technologists and technicians as part of the 2015 Alberta Wage and Salary Survey.

Chemical technologists and technicians
NOC code: 2211

Survey Methodology

Survey Analysis

Overall Wage Details
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Hourly Wage
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Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $15.75 $35.72 $19.64 $17.00
Overall $18.27 $45.09 $23.77 $19.49
Top $22.82 $53.15 $32.83 $26.44

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* All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production) and other forms of compensation.

B: Good Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

Good Reliability, represents a CV of between 6.01% and 15.00% and/or fewer than 30 survey observations and/or if survey observations represent less than 50% of all estimated employment for the occupation.


Industry Information
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Educational Services
Manufacturing
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Professional, Scientific & Technical Services

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

47%
47%

Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties

11%
11%

Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months

3%
3%

2015 Vacancy Rate

N/A
Related High School Subjects
  • Mathematics
  • Science
    • Chemistry
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Engineering and Science Technologies
  • Trades, Industrial and Related Training
Other Sources of Information
Updated Mar 11, 2016

Westen Canada Biodiesel Association (WCBA) website: www.westerncanadabiodiesel.org

For more information on career planning, education and jobs, visit the Alberta Learning Information Service (ALIS) website, call the Alberta Career Information Hotline toll-free at 1-800-661-3753 or 780-422-4266 in Edmonton, or visit an Alberta Works Centre near you.

Updated Apr 09, 2014. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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