At power plants that turn organic matter into heat and energy, biomass power plant managers are the bridge between production work on the ground, and executive leadership. During routine checks of a power plant’s equipment, you will see biomass power plant managers wearing necessary safety apparel, such as goggles and gloves. They maintain, repair, and test the production processes at biomass stations and substations, which rely on fuels such as wood, paper sludge, or other waste or refuse. In their office, you will find biomass plant managers scheduling different stages of production, recording maintenance and operational information, and developing budgets for the next big purchase or upcoming year. They regularly evaluate procedures to determine whether they’re in compliance with rules and regulations, and must notify higher-ups when changes need to occur. Biomass power plant managers usually enter the field with a bachelor’s degree in fields such as industrial engineering or the life sciences. A few years of on-the-job experience in a biomass power plant will also be helpful. Biomass power plant managers often work long hours, and may have to work overtime when deadlines approach. One thing’s for sure, biomass plant managers have to bring a lot of energy to this gig!


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