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Become A Process & Automation Engineer

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Working As A Process & Automation Engineer

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Deal with People

  • $83,460

    Average Salary

What Does A Process & Automation Engineer Do At Dow Chemical

* Complete pre-work as assigned by PA Project Lead
* Use PA tool set to analyze plant performance
* Participate in the on-site assessment.
* Complete actions as assigned.
* Identify automation related improvements during the Assessment, supported with data
* Provide input on opportunity prioritization
* Lead and/or execute scope development and automation improvements
* Assists with application development as needed
* As required, implement solutions independently
* Work with business/plant personnel to ensure alignment

What Does A Process & Automation Engineer Do At AK Steel

* Maintain and implement changes to Supervisory Control Systems (Level 2) which include process and product applications, HMI’s, math models and interfaces to other control systems (PLC, PC based applications, databases, business systems and other devices).
* Develop new operating systems.
* Make decisions with a clear business focus on safety, quality, and productivity.
* Other duties as assigned

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How To Become A Process & Automation Engineer

Industrial engineers must have a bachelor’s degree. Employers also value experience, so cooperative education engineering programs at universities are also valuable.

Education

Industrial engineers need a bachelor’s degree, typically in industrial engineering. However, many industrial engineers have degrees in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, manufacturing engineering, industrial engineering technology, or general engineering. Students interested in studying industrial engineering should take high school courses in mathematics, such as algebra, trigonometry, and calculus; computer science; and sciences such as chemistry and physics.

Bachelor’s degree programs include lectures in classrooms and practice in laboratories. Courses include statistics, production systems planning, and manufacturing systems design, among others. Many colleges and universities offer cooperative education programs in which students gain practical experience while completing their education.

A few colleges and universities offer 5-year degree programs in industrial engineering that lead to a bachelor’s and master’s degree upon completion, and several more offer similar programs in mechanical engineering. A graduate degree allows an engineer to work as a professor at a college or university or to engage in research and development. Some 5-year or even 6-year cooperative education plans combine classroom study with practical work, permitting students to gain experience and to finance part of their education.

Programs in industrial engineering are accredited by ABET.

Important Qualities

Creativity. Industrial engineers use creativity and ingenuity to design new production processes in many kinds of settings in order to reduce the use of material resources, time, or labor while accomplishing the same goal.

Critical-thinking skills. Industrial engineers create new systems to solve problems related to waste and inefficiency. Solving these problems requires logic and reasoning to identify strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to the problems.

Listening skills. These engineers often operate in teams, but they also must solicit feedback from customers, vendors, and production staff. They must listen to customers and clients in order to fully grasp ideas and problems the first time.

Math skills. Industrial engineers use the principles of calculus, trigonometry, and other advanced topics in mathematics for analysis, design, and troubleshooting in their work.

Problem-solving skills. In designing facilities for manufacturing and processes for providing services, these engineers deal with several issues at once, from workers’ safety to quality assurance.

Speaking skills. Industrial engineers sometimes have to explain their instructions to production staff or technicians before they can make written instructions available. Being able to explain concepts clearly and quickly is crucial to preventing costly mistakes and loss of time.

Writing skills. Industrial engineers must prepare documentation for other engineers or scientists, or for future reference. The documentation must be coherent and explain their thinking clearly so that the others can understand the information.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Licensure is not required for entry-level positions as an industrial engineer. A Professional Engineering (PE) license, which allows for higher levels of leadership and independence, can be acquired later in one’s career. Licensed engineers are called professional engineers (PEs). A PE can oversee the work of other engineers, sign off on projects, and provide services directly to the public. State licensure generally requires

  • A degree from an ABET-accredited engineering program
  • A passing score on the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam
  • Relevant work experience, typically at least 4 years
  • A passing score on the Professional Engineering (PE) exam

The initial FE exam can be taken after one earns a bachelor’s degree. Engineers who pass this exam are commonly called engineers in training (EITs) or engineer interns (EIs). After meeting work experience requirements, EITs and EIs can take the second exam, called the Principles and Practice of Engineering.

Several states require engineers to take continuing education in order to keep their licenses. Most states recognize licenses from other states, as long as the other state’s licensing requirements meet or exceed their own licensing requirements.

Advancement

Beginning industrial engineers usually work under the supervision of experienced engineers. In large companies, new engineers also may receive formal training in classes or seminars. As beginning engineers gain knowledge and experience, they move on to more difficult projects with greater independence to develop designs, solve problems, and make decisions.

Eventually, industrial engineers may advance to become technical specialists, such as quality engineers or facility planners. In that role, they supervise a team of engineers and technicians. Obtaining a master’s degree facilitates such specialization and thus advancement.

Many industrial engineers move into management positions because the work they do is closely related to the work of managers. For more information, see the profile on architectural and engineering managers.

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Process & Automation Engineer Demographics

Gender

  • Male

    82.6%
  • Female

    13.6%
  • Unknown

    3.8%

Ethnicity

  • White

    72.4%
  • Asian

    13.5%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    12.2%
  • Unknown

    1.5%
  • Black or African American

    0.4%
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Languages Spoken

  • Bulgarian

    16.7%
  • Chinese

    16.7%
  • Cantonese

    16.7%
  • Macedonian

    16.7%
  • Spanish

    16.7%
  • Croatian

    16.7%
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Real Process & Automation Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
IT Process Automation Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Nov 18, 2014 $127,150 -
$161,700
Process Automation Engineer HTSE Group, Inc. Hemlock, MI Dec 05, 2011 $92,830
Deltav Process Control Automation Engineer Sequoia Consulting Group, LLC Solana Beach, CA Sep 18, 2016 $92,768 -
$110,000
Senior Stamping Process Automation Engineer Christy Industries Inc. D/B/A Cosma Die Technology Troy, MI Sep 09, 2016 $91,815 -
$96,405
Process Automation Engineer Aviat U.S., Inc. Santa Clara, CA Dec 01, 2011 $88,382
Senior Process Automation Engineer Fisher Rosemount Systems, Inc. Hillsboro, OR Sep 15, 2015 $87,235 -
$126,136
Process/Automation Engineer Medivators, Inc. Conroe, TX Feb 25, 2016 $86,216
Process Automation Engineer ROTO-Die Company, Inc. Eureka, MO Sep 03, 2015 $85,000 -
$95,000
Process Automation Engineer Evraz Inc. Na Pueblo, CO Jan 09, 2016 $82,000
Process Automation Engineer Holcim (Us) Inc. Ada, OK Aug 10, 2012 $82,000 -
$85,000
Process Automation Engineer-Power Station Arcelormittal USA LLC Burns Harbor, IN Sep 07, 2015 $80,000
Process Automation Engineer Arcelormittal USA LLC East Chicago, IN Jul 01, 2013 $76,000 -
$99,000
Process Automation Engineer Arcelormittal USA LLC East Chicago, IN Sep 18, 2012 $76,000 -
$99,000
Process Automation Engineer Christy Industries Inc. Troy, MI Apr 14, 2014 $75,000 -
$92,000
Process Automation Engineer 1-Metals Senior Tmeic Corporation Roanoke, VA Dec 10, 2013 $72,392
Stamping Process/Automation Engineer Christy Industries Inc. Troy, MI Sep 02, 2011 $72,000 -
$80,000
Process Automation Engineer Arcelormittal USA LLC East Chicago, IN Oct 01, 2011 $70,992
Associate Process Automation Engineer Arcelormittal USA LLC Burns Harbor, IN Sep 01, 2012 $70,200
Process Automation Engineer-Metals Senior Tmeic Corporation Roanoke, VA Nov 16, 2012 $68,950
Associate Process Automation Engineer Arcelormittal USA LLC Burns Harbor, IN Sep 01, 2012 $68,200
Process Automation Engineer 1-Metals Senior Tmeic Corporation Roanoke, VA Feb 01, 2013 $68,038
Associate Process Automation Engineer Arcelormittal USA LLC Burns Harbor, IN Sep 01, 2012 $67,900
Process Automation Engineer-Metals Senior TM GE Automation Systems LLC Roanoke, VA Apr 01, 2010 $67,878
Process Automation Engineer-Metals Senior TM GE Automation Systems LLC VA Apr 01, 2010 $67,878
Process Automation Engineer-Metals Senior TM GE Automation Systems LLC VA Feb 01, 2010 $65,864
Process Automation Engineer Teligentems, LLC Havana, FL Oct 27, 2011 $64,210
Research Scientist and Process Automation Engineer Rare Antibody Antigen Supply, Inc. Agoura Hills, CA Aug 14, 2016 $62,000
Process Automation Engineer Teligentems, LLC Havana, FL Oct 27, 2010 $60,000
Engineer-Process Automation Arcelormittal USA LLC Burns Harbor, IN Sep 11, 2015 $56,742 -
$129,153

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Top Skills for A Process & Automation Engineer

AB PLCProcessControlSystemsHMICADQualityControlProceduresAutomationProcessLogicDCSDOWI/OSafetyAutomationSystemsDeltavModulesCgmpComplianceSQLOperatorGraphicsProjectManagementWebStrategy

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Top Process & Automation Engineer Skills

  1. AB PLC
  2. Process Control Systems
  3. HMI
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Specified, designed, and configured process control systems to support continuous and batch chemical operations.
  • Developed interactive HMI for operator use.
  • Lead a team of Engineers developing and implementing change SCADA and PLC.
  • Oversee the assembly plant and direct the development of automation processes in the state's largest automotive exporter.
  • Performed level 1 application software programming on GE programmable logic controllers (PLC) for process lines and rolling mills.

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