Profession biogas technician

Biogas technicians work in the derivation of gas from organic matter and produced as landfill gas or digested gas. They operate equipment in biogas plants, perform tests and maintenance tasks, and take action in the event of a failure.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional

Knowledge

  • Natural gas liquids recovery processes

    Be aware of common processes used to separate heavier hydrocarbons such as ethane, propane and butane from the methane, which is the finished product of the gas processing plant. Be aware of oil absorption techniques, cryogenic expansion processes, and other relevant processes.

  • Mechanics

    Theoretical and practical applications of the science studying the action of displacements and forces on physical bodies to the development of machinery and mechanical devices.

  • Fuel gas

    The various qualities, hazards and applications of gaseous fuels, such as oxy-acetylene, oxy-gasoline, oxy-hydrogen and others.

  • Natural gas

    The various facets of natural gas: its extraction, processing, constituents, uses, environmental factors, etc.

  • Biomass conversion

    Conversion process whereby biological material becomes heat through combustion or biofuel through chemical, thermal, and biochemical methods.

Skills

  • Ensure equipment maintenance

    Ensure that the equipment required for operations is regularly checked for faults, that routine maintenance tasks are performed, and that repairs are scheduled and performed in the case of damage or flaws.

  • Handle gas cylinders

    Grip gas cylinders in a safe manner and ensure they are compliant with safety and health regulations.

  • Resolve equipment malfunctions

    Identify, report and repair equipment damage and malfunctions; communicate with field representatives and manufacturers to obtain repair and replacement components.

  • Operate biogas plant

    Operate equipment which treats energy crops and waste from farms, called anaerobic digesters. Ensure the equipment functions correctly in the transformation of biomass to biogas which is used for the generation of heat and electricity.

  • Ensure correct gas pressure

    Ensure the necessary, usually constant, pressure of gas which is part of a machine or tool, such as torching equipment, used to process metal workpieces during metal fabrication processes.

  • Maintain biogas plant

    Perform routine maintenance and repairs on equipment which treats energy crops and waste from farms, called anaerobic digesters. Ensure the equipment functions correctly in the transformation of biomass to biogas which is used for the generation of heat and electricity.

  • Test gas purity

    Test the purity of the gas using specific testing equipment.

Optional knowledge and skills

monitor valves maintain records of maintenance interventions monitor utility equipment ensure compliance with gas distribution schedule arrange equipment repairs types of steam engines operate steam turbine replace large components electric generators operate boiler ensure compliance with environmental legislation monitor electric generators renewable energy technologies electrical power safety regulations operate biogas meter collaborate with engineers electricity use remote control equipment