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Working As A Process Development Associate

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Interacting With Computers
  • $86,327

    Average Salary

What Does A Process Development Associate Do

Chemical engineers apply the principles of chemistry, biology, physics, and mathematics to solve problems that involve the production or use of chemicals, fuel, drugs, food, and many other products. They design processes and equipment for large-scale manufacturing, plan and test production methods and byproducts treatment, and direct facility operations.

Duties

Chemical engineers typically do the following:

  • Conduct research to develop new and improved manufacturing processes
  • Develop safety procedures for those working with dangerous chemicals
  • Develop processes for separating components of liquids and gases, or for generating electrical currents, by using controlled chemical processes
  • Design and plan the layout of equipment
  • Conduct tests and monitor the performance of processes throughout production
  • Troubleshoot problems with manufacturing processes
  • Evaluate equipment and processes to ensure compliance with safety and environmental regulations
  • Estimate production costs for management

Some chemical engineers specialize in a particular process, such as oxidation (a reaction of oxygen with chemicals to make other chemicals) or polymerization (making plastics and resins). Others specialize in a particular field, such as nanomaterials (extremely small substances) or biological engineering. Still others specialize in developing specific products.

In addition, chemical engineers work in the production of energy, electronics, food, clothing, and paper. They must understand how the manufacturing process affects the environment and the safety of workers and consumers.

Chemical engineers also conduct research in the life sciences, biotechnology, and business services.

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How To Become A Process Development Associate

Chemical engineers must have a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering. Employers also value practical experience, so internships and cooperative engineering programs, in which students earn college credit and experience, can be helpful.

Education

Chemical engineers must have a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering. Programs usually take 4 years to complete and include classroom, laboratory, and field studies. High school students interested in studying chemical engineering will benefit from taking science courses, such as chemistry, physics, and biology. They also should take math courses, including algebra, trigonometry, and calculus.

At some universities, students can opt to enroll in 5-year programs that lead to both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree. A graduate degree, which may include a degree up to the Ph.D. level, allows an engineer to work in research and development or as a postsecondary teacher.

Some colleges and universities offer internships and cooperative programs in partnership with industry. In these programs, students gain practical experience while completing their education.

ABET accredits engineering programs. ABET-accredited programs in chemical engineering include courses in chemistry, physics, and biology. These programs also include applying the sciences to the design, analysis, and control of chemical, physical, and biological processes.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Chemical engineers must be able to troubleshoot designs that do not work as planned. They must be able to ask the right questions and then find answers that work.

Creativity. Chemical engineers must be able to explore new ways of applying engineering principles. They work to invent new materials, advanced manufacturing techniques, and new applications in chemical and biomedical engineering.

Ingenuity. Chemical engineers learn the broad concepts of chemical engineering, but their work requires them to apply those concepts to specific production problems.

Interpersonal skills. Because their role is to put scientific principles into practice in manufacturing industries, chemical engineers must develop good working relationships with other workers involved in production processes.

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

Problem-solving skills. In designing equipment and processes for manufacturing, these engineers must be able to anticipate and identify problems, including such issues as workers’ safety and problems related to manufacturing and environmental protection.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Licensure for chemical engineers is not as common as it is for other engineering occupations, nor is it required for entry-level positions. 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 commonly are 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 to keep their license. Most states recognize licensure from other states if the licensing state’s requirements meet or exceed their own licensure requirements.

Advancement

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

Eventually, chemical engineers may advance to supervise a team of engineers and technicians. Some may become architectural and engineering managers. However, preparing for management positions usually requires working under the guidance of a more experienced chemical engineer.

An engineering background enables chemical engineers to discuss a product’s technical aspects and assist in product planning and use. For more information, see the profile on sales engineers.

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Process Development Associate Demographics

Gender

Male

53.9%

Female

39.5%

Unknown

6.6%
Ethnicity

White

63.3%

Asian

19.4%

Hispanic or Latino

12.6%

Unknown

3.6%

Black or African American

1.1%
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Languages Spoken

French

18.8%

Spanish

18.8%

Chinese

12.5%

Mandarin

12.5%

Swahili

6.3%

German

6.3%

Romanian

6.3%

Russian

6.3%

Coptic

6.3%

Lingala

6.3%
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Process Development Associate Education

Schools

University of California - San Diego

15.3%

Northeastern University

10.2%

Colorado State University

8.5%

San Francisco State University

6.8%

University of California - Berkeley

5.1%

San Diego State University

5.1%

Tufts University

5.1%

Central Washington University

3.4%

North Carolina State University

3.4%

Louisiana Tech University

3.4%

University of Puerto Rico - Humacao

3.4%

Saint John's University - New York

3.4%

Boston University

3.4%

University of Florida

3.4%

University of California - Los Angeles

3.4%

Drexel University

3.4%

University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth

3.4%

Johns Hopkins University

3.4%

Worcester State University

3.4%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

3.4%
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Majors

Biology

21.8%

Chemical Engineering

15.5%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

11.3%

Chemistry

9.2%

Microbiology

6.3%

Biotechnology

6.3%

Biomedical Engineering

6.3%

Business

4.9%

Pharmacy

4.2%

Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science

2.1%

Biotechnology Laboratory Technician

2.1%

Public Health

1.4%

Finance

1.4%

Cell Biology And Anatomical Science

1.4%

Project Management

1.4%

Zoology

1.4%

Management

0.7%

Genetics

0.7%

Occupational Safety And Health

0.7%

Physiology And Anatomy

0.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

55.2%

Masters

27.6%

Doctorate

6.1%

Certificate

4.3%

Other

4.3%

Associate

1.8%

Diploma

0.6%
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Real Process Development Associate Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Process Development Associate Novavax, Inc. Rockville, MD Feb 24, 2016 $99,174
Process Development Associate II Abbott Laboratories Worcester, MA Sep 03, 2012 $80,000
Process Development Associate III Abbott Laboratories Worcester, MA Apr 22, 2011 $77,485
Senior Process Development Associate Novavax, Inc. Gaithersburg, MD Feb 08, 2016 $76,193
Senior Process Development Associate Novavax, Inc. Rockville, MD May 15, 2014 $75,000
Process Development Associate Senior Lonza Biologics, Inc. Portsmouth, NH Oct 26, 2015 $65,000
Associate II, Process Development XOMA Ltd. Berkeley, CA Sep 27, 2011 $64,350
Process Development Associate KBI Biopharma, Inc. Durham, NC Sep 13, 2016 $63,000
Process Development Associate II Abbott Laboratories Worcester, MA Oct 01, 2009 $62,000
Process Development Associate Senior Lonza Biologics, Inc. Portsmouth, NH Nov 01, 2013 $61,812
Process Development Associate Dpt Lakewood, LLC Lakewood, NJ Sep 05, 2015 $58,760
Process Development Associate Senior Lonza Biologics, Inc. Portsmouth, NH Nov 15, 2010 $58,000
Process Development Associate Senior Lonza Biologics, Inc. Hopkinton, MA Oct 01, 2010 $58,000
Process Development Associate KBI Biopharma, Inc. Durham, NC Sep 13, 2016 $57,866
Process Development Associate Aerotek Scientific LLC Waltham, MA Oct 01, 2011 $57,852
Process Development Associate Lead Lonza Biologics, Inc. Portsmouth, NH Oct 01, 2009 $55,053
Process Development Associate Lonza Biologics, Inc. Portsmouth, NH Sep 16, 2009 $55,053
Process Development Associate I Novavax, Inc. Rockville, MD Aug 31, 2015 $55,000
Process Development Associate KBI Biopharma, Inc. Durham, NC Sep 09, 2014 $53,976 -
$69,403
Process Development Associate I Novavax, Inc. Gaithersburg, MD Sep 15, 2016 $52,749
Process Development Associate Junior Lonza Biologics, Inc. Hopkinton, MA Oct 01, 2012 $51,542
Process Development Associate Junior Lonza Biologics, Inc. Hopkinton, MA Sep 24, 2012 $49,920
Process Development Associate Junior Lonza Biologics, Inc. Hopkinton, MA Sep 16, 2011 $48,001
Process Development Associate Junior Fermentatio Lonza Biologics, Inc. Hopkinton, MA Aug 06, 2013 $47,840
Fermentation Process Development Associate Conagen, Inc. Bedford, MA Jan 09, 2016 $47,000 -
$59,000
Fermentation Process Development Associate Conagen, Inc. Bedford, MA May 09, 2016 $47,000 -
$59,000

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Top Skills for A Process Development Associate

CellCultureProcessesDisposableBioreactorsFermentationLaboratoryProteinPurificationAnalyticalAssaysProceduresColumnChromatographyGMPHplcElisaSds-PageBatchRecordsDNACellLinesPilotPlantRawMaterialsAktaTechnicalReportsAffinityChromatographyRNA

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Top Process Development Associate Skills

  1. Cell Culture Processes
  2. Disposable Bioreactors
  3. Fermentation Laboratory
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Contributed innovative ideas to improve cell culture processes.
  • Work in an industrial fermentation laboratory using fermentors from 10L to 500L.
  • Worked in a protein purification for scale-up of an antibody process prior to phase 1 clinical trials.
  • Developed Analytical Assays in support of protein based pharmaceuticals.
  • Completed process/product optimization experiments according to experimental design and operational procedures in mammalian and bacterial production presentations.

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