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is school hard to become a biomass plant manager and how long does it take to become one ?

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Hey Angel, I can only answer as an engineer who has worked in different types of manufacturing plants and reported to plant managers, but with that in mind I suspect it can be fairly difficult and most likely takes at least 10-15 years of experience in the industry. The plant manager position is one that people climb to over the course of their careers and, in a lot of cases, is the last rung on the ladder. You will not only need to have knowledge of the chemical and biological processes used to produce biomass product, but you will need knowledge of the business, financial, and operational side of the facility as well. This takes specialized training as well as years of on the job learning in different roles.

With all that being said, it is a great position to strive for and the renewable energy industry is only going to grow so it is a good one to get into. Although college may not necessarily required, the best path would be a four-year degree in chemical/bio/industrial engineering and a starting job as a process engineer at a plant. Or you could possibly pursue a business degree in operations and take a related operational role. You would then work your way up over time taking on different roles and increasing levels of responsibility. As for the schooling itself, any engineering degree is going to be difficult to obtain, you can expect a lot of math and science, and will need to be diligent about studying, but definitely doable and very rewarding! Hope this helps!
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