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Biofuels Production Manager  What They Do

Just the Facts


Manages biofuels production and plant operations. Collects and processes information on plant production and performance, diagnoses problems, and designs corrective procedures.

This career is part of the Business, Management and Administration cluster Operations Management pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Supervises production employees in the manufacturing of biofuels, such as biodiesel or ethanol.
  • Manages operations at biofuels power generation facilities, including production, shipping, maintenance, or quality assurance activities.
  • Provides direction to employees to ensure compliance with biofuels plant safety, environmental, or operational standards and regulations.
  • Confers with technical and supervisory personnel to report or resolve conditions affecting biofuels plant safety, operational efficiency, and product quality.
  • Reviews logs, datasheets, or reports to ensure adequate production levels or to identify abnormalities with biofuels production equipment or processes.
  • Monitors meters, flow gauges, or other real-time data to ensure proper operation of biofuels production equipment, implementing corrective measures as needed.
  • Adjusts temperature, pressure, vacuum, level, flow rate, or transfer of biofuels to maintain processes at required levels.
  • Provides training to subordinate or new employees to improve biofuels plant safety or increase the production of biofuels.
  • Shuts down and restarts biofuels plant or equipment in emergency situations or for equipment maintenance, repairs, or replacements.
  • Monitors transportation and storage of flammable or other potentially dangerous feedstocks or products to ensure adherence to safety guidelines.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Requires getting into awkward positions
  • Lighting is either extremely bright or inadequate
  • Conditions are very hot (above 90 F) or very cold (under 32 F)
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Exposed to conditions such as high voltage electricity, combustibles, explosives, and chemicals more than once a month
  • Exposed to hazardous equipment such as saws, machinery, or vehicular traffic more than once a month
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation requires being outside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves use of special protective items such as a breathing apparatus, safety harness, full protection suit, or radiation protection
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time
  • Work at heights above 8 feet more than once a month on structures such as ladders, poles, scaffolding, and catwalks

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Identifying color and seeing differences in color, including shades and brightness
  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Irregular hours
  • Overtime work
  • Rotating shift work
  • Weekend work

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