Biofuels/Biodiesel Technology and Product Development Manager  What They Do

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Biofuels - Biodiesel Technology and Product Development Managers Career Video



Defines, plans, or executes biofuels/biodiesel research programs that evaluate alternative feedstock and process technologies with near-term commercial potential.

This career is part of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics cluster Engineering and Technology pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Designs or conducts applied biodiesel or biofuels research projects on topics such as transport, thermodynamics, mixing, filtration, distillation, fermentation, extraction, and separation.
  • Analyzes data from biofuels studies, such as fluid dynamics, water treatments, or solvent extraction and recovery processes.
  • Prepares, or oversees the preparation of, experimental plans for biofuels research or development.
  • Provides technical or scientific guidance to technical staff in the conduct of biofuels research or development.
  • Proposes new biofuels products, processes, technologies or applications based on findings from applied biofuels or biomass research projects.
  • Conducts experiments on biomass or pretreatment technologies.
  • Prepares biofuels research and development reports for senior management or technical professionals.
  • Develops lab scale models of industrial scale processes, such as fermentation.
  • Oversees biodiesel/biofuels prototyping or development projects.
  • Conducts experiments to test new or alternate feedstock fermentation processes.

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.
  • 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
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • 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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