Biofuels/Biodiesel Technology and Product Development Managers
SOC: 11-9041.01


Define, plan, or execute biofuels/biodiesel research programs that evaluate alternative feedstock and process technologies with near-term commercial potential.

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Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Alternate Titles:

  • Analytical Research Program Manager
  • Biodiesel Division Manager
  • Biodiesel Engineering Manager
  • Biodiesel Product Development Manager
  • Biodiesel Product Manager
  • Biodiesel Technology Development Manager
  • Biodiesel Technology Manager
  • Biofuels Engineering Manager
  • Biofuels Manager
  • Biofuels Product Development Manager
  • Biofuels Product Manager
  • Biofuels Research Scientist
  • Biofuels Technology Development Manager
  • Biofuels Technology Manager
  • Chief Technology Officer (CTO)
  • Fermentation Manager
  • Fermentation Scientist
  • Laboratory Manager (Lab Manager)
  • Manager of Business Development and New Technology
  • Product Applications Scientist
  • Product Scientist
  • Project Development Director
  • Research Associate
  • Scientist
  • Senior Research Associate
  • Senior Research Scientist
  • Separations Scientist

  • Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed


    A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.


    Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Geography
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Develop lab scale models of industrial scale processes, such as fermentation.
  • Develop computational tools or approaches to improve biofuels research and development activities.
  • Develop carbohydrates arrays and associated methods for screening enzymes involved in biomass conversion.
  • Provide technical or scientific guidance to technical staff in the conduct of biofuels research or development.
  • Prepare, or oversee the preparation of, experimental plans for biofuels research or development.
  • Prepare biofuels research and development reports for senior management or technical professionals.
  • Perform protein functional analysis and engineering for processing of feedstock and creation of biofuels.
  • Develop separation processes to recover biofuels.
  • Develop methods to recover ethanol or other fuels from complex bioreactor liquid and gas streams.
  • Develop methods to estimate the efficiency of biomass pretreatments.
  • Design or execute solvent or product recovery experiments in laboratory or field settings.
  • Design or conduct applied biodiesel or biofuels research projects on topics such as transport, thermodynamics, mixing, filtration, distillation, fermentation, extraction, and separation.
  • Design chemical conversion processes, such as etherification, esterification, interesterification, transesterification, distillation, hydrogenation, oxidation or reduction of fats and oils, and vegetable oil refining.
  • Conduct experiments on biomass or pretreatment technologies.
  • Conduct experiments to test new or alternate feedstock fermentation processes.
  • Analyze data from biofuels studies, such as fluid dynamics, water treatments, or solvent extraction and recovery processes.
  • Oversee biodiesel/biofuels prototyping or development projects.
  • Propose new biofuels products, processes, technologies or applications based on findings from applied biofuels or biomass research projects.
  • Conduct research to breed or develop energy crops with improved biomass yield, environmental adaptability, pest resistance, production efficiency, bioprocessing characteristics, or reduced environmental impacts.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Absorption equipment
  • Autosamplers
  • Bioreactors
  • Biosafety cabinets
  • Desktop computers
  • Dissolved oxygen monitors
  • Distillation equipment
  • Extraction equipment
  • Fermentation systems
  • Flocculators
  • Flow indicators
  • Forced convection incubators
  • Gas chromatograph mass spectrometers GC-MS
  • Gas chromatographs GC
  • Gel electrophoresis equipment
  • Glass flasks
  • High pressure liquid chromatographs HPLC
  • Inverted compound microscopes
  • Laptop computers
  • Level indicators
  • Mass spectrometers
  • Orbital incubating shakers
  • Personal computers
  • pH indicators
  • Polymerase chain reaction PCR equipment
  • Pressure indicators
  • Safety glasses
  • Safety gloves
  • Spectrophotometers
  • Temperature probes
  • Top-loading autoclaves
  • Agilent ChemStation
  • Computer aided design CAD software
  • Email software
  • Fleet Asset Management and Optimization Solutions FAMOS PEPSE
  • GE Energy GateCycle
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Project
  • Microsoft Word
  • SAP software
  • Web browser software

  • management

    industry stats

    SOC: 11-0000

    Total Employed: 6,936,990

    Average Annual Salary: $115,020