Landfill Gas to Energy Technician

Job Summary:

Landfill Gas to Energy Technician

Location: Needville, Texas


To safely operate and maintain a landfill gas (LFG) collection system in a manner which meets environmental regulations while optimizing the financial results of the project and customer satisfaction.

Long Description


Work is performed under general or indirect supervision with results evaluated against achievement of set production and spending goals. Adherence to policies and procedures while exhibiting professional conduct and always using safe practices in an environmentally responsible manner is expected.

1. Perform accurate environmental data collection and reporting within the appropriate time requirements

2. Operate all equipment and manage all assets in such manner as to achieve objectives regarding operating expense and life of equipment meeting specific targets for:

a. Routine operating expense

b. Major maintenance expense

c. Gross operating expense

d. Landfill host satisfaction

3. Achieve

a. Fewer than 30 hours of plant downtime per year caused by wellfield issues

b. Budgeted inlet volumes for the plant.

Key Accountabilities

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

Conduct day-to-day operation, maintenance and repair of a LFG collection system and LFG delivery pipeline. Perform equipment inspections, testing and operational checks. Work is performed under general supervision of a Gas Recovery Manager.

  • Professional representation to landfill operator, customer, regulators, etc.
  • Implement small-scale construction projects
  • Efficient operation of LFG wells, gas collection system
  • Operate facility as defined by various contractual obligations, including the gas rights agreement and gas sales agreement
  • Perform minor electrical and mechanical repairs
  • Perform equipment inspections, test and operational checks
  • Collect oil, water, wastewater, gas and air samples for analysis
  • Collect LFG well flow data and make adjustments to optimize well flow as necessary
  • Investigate mechanical problems, recommend appropriate repair, replacement and enhancement
  • Support, assist and direct the work of contractors on-site
  • Maintain electronic facility logbook, highlighting activities and noteworthy events
  • Record operating data and maintain operating records including weekly production reports
  • Monitor for gas collection system regulatory compliance and maintain compliance records
  • Inspect landfill gas system collection system components for mechanical problems and make appropriate repairs
  • Diagnose and correct adverse gas field and plant conditions and malfunctions
  • Perform routine buildings and grounds maintenance and repairs
  • Maintain spare parts inventory and records
  • Maintain filing system for drawings, instruction books and manuals
  • Prepare preliminary annual operating budget
  • Make periodic forecasts of expected annual production and operating expenses
  • Implement the facility's Safety Procedures Manual and Job Site Conduct Book
  • Participate in monthly safety audits and inspections as identified in site safety manuals
  • Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

    A high school diploma, you must possess and maintain a valid, unrestricted state drivers license and a clean driving record are required. A two year technical degree (Engineering Technology, Earth Sciences or similar) or a four year science degree (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geology or similar) are desired or an equivalent of work experience to provide for the following:

    Other tasks as assigned

Minimum Education & Experience Requirements

Experience with landfill gas to energy industry or similar production process

Familiar with gas processing and/or gas transportation

Knowledge of mechanical, electrical and instrument control systems

Knowledge of manufacturing equipment such as motors, blowers, controls and pumps

Ability to perceive and analyze problems, develop solutions and make or recommend sound alternatives

Experience with budgeting, construction, commercial agreements

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with peers, supervisor, management, customers, clients and vendors

Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Professional demeanor effectively representing company in various circumstances

Dedication to safe work practices

Ability to efficiently handle competing priorities and tasks remaining organized to meet deadlines

Ability to function within a matrix organizational structure which employees report to both business and functional leaders

Basic computer skills and proficient with MS Office applications

Other Qualifications


Integrity, Result oriented, High standards, Attention to detail, Efficiency, Proactive, Flexibility/adaptability,

Creative/innovative, Enthusiastic, Intelligence, Follow-through, Organization and planning, Open to new ideas, Receptive to constructive feedback, Persuasion

Physical Demands

The physical demands characterized here epitomize those that must be met by an employee to properly perform the integral functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. In order to properly perform the integral functions of this job, the employee is routinely required to reach with hands or arms, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, feel and smell. The employee must be able to walk on shallow and steep slopes, sometimes in inclement weather. Frequently the employee will be required to stand, walk, and sit. It is crucial to the outcome of job tasks that the employee is able to use hands and fingers to handle and manipulate object as well as to talk and hear.

The employee in this classification will be required to frequently lift objects of up to 25 pounds in weight. Occasionally, the employee will have to lift or move objects of up to 50 pounds in weight.

Vision requirements for this position include close, distance and peripheral vision, along with depth perception.

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