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Working As A Process Control Technician

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • $72,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Process Control Technician Do

Industrial engineering technicians help industrial engineers implement designs to use personnel, materials, and machines effectively. They prepare machinery and equipment layouts, plan workflows, conduct statistical production studies, and analyze production costs.

Duties

Industrial engineering technicians typically do the following:

  • Suggest revisions to methods of operation, material handling, or equipment layout
  • Interpret engineering drawings, schematic diagrams, and formulas
  • Confer with management or engineering staff to determine quality and reliability standards
  • Recommend changes to production standards in order to achieve the best quality within the limits of the capabilities of the equipment
  • Help plan work assignments, taking into account workers’ performance, the capabilities of machines, and production schedules
  • Prepare charts, graphs, and diagrams to illustrate workflow, routing, floor layouts, how materials are handled, and how machines are used
  • Collect data to assist in process improvement activities

Industrial engineering technicians study the time and steps workers take to do a task (time and motion studies). To set reasonable production rates, they consider how workers perform operations such as maintenance, production, and service.

They also observe workers to make sure that equipment is being used and maintained according to quality assurance standards. They then evaluate the resulting data to recommend or justify changes to the operations or to the standards for improving quality and efficiency.

Industrial engineering technicians’ versatility allows them to be useful in a variety of projects. For example, they work in supply chain management to help businesses minimize inventory costs, in quality assurance to help businesses keep their customers satisfied, and in the growing field of project management to control costs and maximize efficiencies.

Industrial engineering technicians generally work in teams under the supervision of industrial engineers.

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How To Become A Process Control Technician

Industrial engineering technicians typically need an associate’s degree or a postsecondary certificate. Community colleges and technical institutes generally offer associate’s degree programs, and vocational–technical schools offer certificate programs.

Education

High school students interested in becoming industrial engineering technicians should take courses in math, science, and drafting, where available. Courses that help students develop computer skills are helpful when the students later need to learn computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing software, known as CAD/CAM.

Postsecondary programs in industrial engineering are offered at vocational–technical schools, technical institutes, and community colleges. Vocational–technical schools and technical institutes serve local students and emphasize training needed by local employers. These programs generally award a certificate. Community colleges offer programs similar to those in technical institutes, but usually include more theory-based and liberal arts courses. Students who complete these programs earn associate’s degrees.

ABET accredits engineering and engineering technology programs.

Generally, prospective industrial engineering technicians should major in applied science, industrial technology, or industrial engineering technology.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Industrial engineering technicians must be able to help industrial engineers figure out how systems should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

Communication skills. Industrial engineering technicians receive instructions from industrial engineers. They must be able to clearly understand and follow instructions and communicate problems to their supervisors.

Critical-thinking skills. Industrial engineering technicians must be able to help industrial engineers figure out why certain processes or operations are not working as well as they might. They must ask the right questions to identify and correct weaknesses.

Detail oriented. Industrial engineering technicians must gather and record measurements and observations needed by industrial engineers.

Math skills. Industrial engineering technicians use the principles of mathematics for analysis, design, and troubleshooting in their work.

Observational skills. These technicians spend much of their time evaluating the performance of other people or organizations and then make suggestions for improvements or corrective action. They must gather and record information without interfering with workers in their environments.

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Process Control Technician Career Paths

Process Control Technician
Electrician Foreman Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Electrician Maintenance Supervisor Chief Engineer
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Electrician Foreman Project Manager
Quality Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Production Supervisor Project Manager Quality Manager
Director Of Quality
14 Yearsyrs
Production Supervisor Maintenance Supervisor Maintenance Manager
Facilities Maintenance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Production Supervisor Quality Assurance Manager
Quality Assurance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Team Leader Quality Assurance Lead
Quality Assurance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Engineer Manufacturing Engineer
Manufacturing Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Engineer Quality Engineer
Quality Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Instrument And Electrical Technician Maintenance Supervisor Production Manager
Technical Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Instrument And Electrical Technician Electrical Supervisor Maintenance Manager
Continuous Improvement Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Instrument And Electrical Technician Maintenance Manager Production Manager
Processing Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Technician Engineering Technician Process Engineer
Process Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Technician Manufacturing Engineer Quality Manager
Quality Systems Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Technician Quality Assurance Technician Chemist
Laboratory Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Shift Supervisor Production Manager Engineering Manager
Engineering Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Shift Supervisor Superintendent Quality Control Manager
Research And Development Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Shift Supervisor Warehouse Manager Quality Control Manager
Technical Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Technical Team Lead Senior Technical Architect
Principal Technologist
10 Yearsyrs
Controls Engineer Senior Project Engineer Senior Process Engineer
Process Engineering Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
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Process Control Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

74.8%

Female

19.1%

Unknown

6.2%
Ethnicity

White

64.7%

Hispanic or Latino

12.9%

Black or African American

12.1%

Asian

7.1%

Unknown

3.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

69.2%

Dakota

7.7%

Gujarati

7.7%

Polish

7.7%

Hindi

7.7%
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Process Control Technician Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

17.8%

Perry Technical Institute

8.2%

State University of New York Buffalo

5.5%

Monroe Community College

5.5%

Cincinnati State Technical and Community College

4.1%

Trident Technical College

4.1%

Spartanburg Technical College

4.1%

North Carolina State University

4.1%

Pennsylvania State University

4.1%

Community College of the Air Force

4.1%

University of Minnesota - Duluth

4.1%

University of Iowa

4.1%

University of Arkansas at Monticello

4.1%

Austin Community College

4.1%

Purdue University

4.1%

University of Massachusetts Amherst

4.1%

Florence-Darlington Technical College

4.1%

Central Michigan University

4.1%

ECPI University

2.7%

University of Wisconsin Extension

2.7%
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Majors

Business

19.6%

Electrical Engineering

17.2%

Electrical Engineering Technology

11.6%

Chemistry

7.1%

Computer Science

5.0%

Industrial Technology

4.8%

Management

4.0%

Chemical Engineering

4.0%

Biology

3.2%

Music

3.2%

Health Care Administration

2.4%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

2.4%

Accounting

2.4%

Automotive Technology

2.1%

Mechanical Engineering

2.1%

Industrial Engineering

1.9%

Electromechanical Instrumentation And Maintenance Technologies/Technicians

1.9%

Information Technology

1.9%

General Education, Specific Areas

1.9%

Education

1.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

31.7%

Other

28.5%

Associate

26.8%

Masters

5.5%

Certificate

4.4%

Diploma

2.5%

License

0.5%

Doctorate

0.2%
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Top Skills for A Process Control Technician

  1. PLC
  2. Procedures
  3. Safety Systems
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  • Maintain appropriate PLC and computer software/hardware information.
  • Developed and implemented procedures to measure/test the machine components from other manufacturers to ensure they were within industry standards and specifications.
  • Provided training to plant personnel on process control systems.
  • Trouble shooting and repairing all blow molding related equipment in the plant.
  • Developed and oversaw the safe migration from pneumatic and manual control systems to PLC and DCS systems.

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