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Biofuel Process Engineer: Job Description & Salary

As development of renewable energy sources increases, careers in this field have emerged. Biofuel process engineers play a key role in ensuring that affordable biofuels are manufactured for consumers. Read on to learn more about this career.

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Career Definition of a Biofuel Process Engineer

A biofuel process engineer determines the best way to make biofuels. They assess the existing equipment used, review the process and then refine that process or create a new process. Part of their objective is to make biofuel production as effective and cost-efficient as possible. Their work can also involve creating equipment to store materials or to transfer materials during the manufacturing process. Their work involves understanding every step of the production process.

Educational Requirements Bachelor's degree
Job Skills Critical thinking, analytical, and problem-solving skills; mathematical and computer skills; strengths in communication and leadership
Mean Salary (2016)* $97,300 (engineers, all other)
Job Outlook (2014-2024)* 4% (engineers, all other)

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Required Education

A bachelor's degree in chemical engineering or a comparable field is required in order to become a biofuel process engineer. Some employers may require applicants to have a graduate degree. A Professional Engineer (PE) license is also required for some careers in this field.

Required Skills

Biofuel process engineers are involved with determining ways to improve how biofuels are made so they need to have good problem-solving skills, and they also need analytical skills so that they can assess information and processes to determine their effectiveness. Since one of their objectives is to make the biofuel production process more cost-effective it is important that they have mathematical skills so that they can determine the potential savings from specific changes to the production process. They must have computer skills and be capable of using ChemCad software, MS Office programs and other relevant computer programs. Leadership skills are also important since they may oversee other engineers or engineering technicians who are involved with biofuel production.

Career Outlook and Salary

Biofuel process engineers are included with general engineering professions on the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The BLS reports that 'engineers, all other' should see a 4% job growth rate from 2014 to 2024. The BLS lists an annual median salary of $97,300 for those engineers in 2016.

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Applied mathematicians and operations research analysts assess business practices and determine how to increase profitability and efficiency, so those interested in being biofuel process engineers may also want to use the links provided here to learn more about these similar careers. Aspiring biofuel process engineers may also be interested in other engineering professions, such as that of biochemical engineer, and can access more information about that career via the link below.

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