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Carbon Capture Technician

Introduction

Greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide and methane have been pumped into the atmostphere by our modern industrial processes. These gases trap heat when they enter the atmosphere. This causes global warming which means that the Earth’s surface heats up. This, in turn, causes harmful climate change. It is a basic example of cause and effect.

As a Carbon Capture Technician, you will use a special equipment to capture these gases before they reach the atmosphere.

Work Activities

Too many greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide and methane, are bad for our planet. When they enter the atmoptphere, these gases trap heat. This causes global warming which means that the Earth’s surface heats up. This, in turn, causes harmful climate change.

As a Carbon Capture Technician, you will use specialist equipment to capture these gases before they reach the atmosphere. Once it is captured, you will store them deep underground. Your work will help to slow the effect of climate change.

Before you can capture the gases, you will need to design and build the carbon capturing equipment. Depending on where you are located, you might need to build a small or large piece of equipment to capture the gas being released.

Once your carbon capturing equipment is fully operational, you will need to regularly maintain it. You will check for leaks and make sure that the levels of gases in the deep underground tanks are not too high.

Carbon Capture Technicians will play an increasingly important role in protecting our environment. We need to slow the effects of climate change and global warming immediately. This is crucial work.

Personal Qualities and Skills

To become a Carbon Capture Technician in the future, it is likely that you will need:

  • to have an interest in the environment
  • engineering skills
  • to like working outdoors
  • problem solving skills
  • attention to detail
  • technical and engineering skills

Pay and Opportunities

Pay

This is a future career. The pay rates for Carbon Capture Technicians are unclear at the moment.

Hours of work

It is expected that Carbon Capture Technicians will work standard hours. However, if there was an emergency, you might need to work longer hours and possibly over a weekend or in the evening.

Where could I work?

Possible employers could include the government and environmental agencies.

Entry Routes and Training

Entry routes and training

Possible entry routes to become a Carbon Capture Technician are currently unclear. However, a degree in an engineering subject will likely be needed. Useful degrees include:

  • environmental engineering
  • environmental science
  • environmental conservation

Work experience

It might be useful to have got some experience working in the gas, heating and ventilation industries.

Qualifications

As this is a future career, the qualifications needed to become a Carbon Capture Technician are unclear.

However, engineering and environmental science subjects might help you to stand out from the crowd.

Further Information

Nesta - Future Skills

Tel: 02074 382500

Email: information@nesta.org.uk

Website: www.nesta.org.uk/project/future-skills

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