Methane/Landfill Gas Generation System Technicians
Education and Training Requirements
A good foundation for future landfill gas system technician work includes classes in biology, chemistry, physics, environmental studies, mathematics (algebra, geometry), and computer science. Shop classes are important for understanding how machines and systems operate. Clear communication skills are also important in this job, particularly for accurately recording data and writing reports, so be sure to take English and communication classes.
Many employers prefer to hire methane/landfill gas generation system technicians who hold a degree from a vocational school or have an associate's or bachelor's degree. Degree programs may be in environmental science, industrial management, industrial engineering, or a related field. Other areas of study may be in operations management and supervision; logistics, materials, and supply chain management; or in business/commerce or business management.
Methane/landfill gas generation system technicians must keep their knowledge and skills up to date throughout their careers. The Solid Waste Association of North America offers classes and training on landfill gas collection and treatment systems. Classes cover topics such as leachate management and treatment, landfill operations and basics, and landfill operations management. Find information at https://swana.org.
Certification, Licensing, and Special Requirements
Methane/landfill gas generation systems technicians get certification to improve their knowledge and skills and to show employers they have achieved a high level of expertise in their field. They may receive training and certification from organizations such as the Occupational Safety & Health Administration and the Solid Waste Association of North America, among others.
Experience, Skills, and Personality Traits
Methane/landfill gas generation system technicians are usually required to have an associate's or bachelor's degree and one to two years of prior work experience. They receive training while on the job, and must have strong technical and computer skills. Those with a high school degree may be able to find entry-level positions but have better chances of finding employment if they have a degree from a vocational school. The work requires a good understanding of methane and landfill gas generation equipment, systems, and procedures. Technicians must be able to follow set procedures and routines, be detail oriented, and be able to identify and solve problems. Much of the work is done outdoors in all types of weather, requiring a degree of physical fitness and stamina. Technicians must also have good hand-eye coordination, strong teamwork skills, and effective oral and written communication skills.