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Process Engineer



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
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