Process engineers studies the production and manufacturing of a product to look at factors like efficiency, quality and safety. These engineers may also help measure sustainability and profitability.
What responsibilities will I have?
- Provide day-to-day observance and support of manufacturing operations
- Oversee and enforce safety, quality, efficiency, and cost reduction throughout the business
- Conduct audits of safety protocol to ensure workers are safe
- Take overall responsibility for the safe design and safe operation of the equipment within the area
- Assist regulatory agencies during audits and assessments of facilities and techniques
- Provide engineering expertise to leadership
- Provide technical ownership of equipment and processes
- Monitor systems to verifying and optimizing performance
- Lead troubleshooting efforts to resolve process and operational problems
- Find ways to implement customer process requests
- Evaluate business functions for impact on qualified state of equipment/processes and utilize appropriate tools/processes as necessary (change control, hold, etc.)
- Responsible for system/component classification and maintenance strategy for equipment
- Find improvement opportunities (procedural changes, upgrades, projects, etc.) associated with processes you oversee
- Compare system performance statistics with other operations to determine areas of opportunity for collaboration and improvement
- Conduct economic analysis of improvement projects
What education and training is required?
A bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering, manufacturing or industrial engineering.
To pursue a career as process engineer:
The following high school courses are recommended: agricultural education, computer courses, mathematics, and physics.
Where can I work?
Process engineers work mostly in plants, but can work in other environments. Any kind of plant from food processing to farm equipment plants have need for a process engineer.
Future Job Market / Outlook
The future outlook for a process engineer will be good over the next five years.
Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations
- National Society of Professional Engineers
- Association for Process Safety Research
- Institute of Food Technologist