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Working As A Process Engineering 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
  • $53,780

    Average Salary

What Does A Process Engineering 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 Engineering 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 Engineering Technician jobs

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Process Engineering Technician Career Paths

Process Engineering Technician
Project Engineer Quality Engineer Quality Manager
Corporate Quality Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Engineer Manufacturing Engineer Quality Manager
Director Of Quality
14 Yearsyrs
Process Engineer Project Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Process Engineer Manufacturing Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Quality Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Operations Manager Plant Manager
Manufacturing Director
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Process Engineering Technician Senior Process Engineer Senior Manufacturing Engineer
Manufacturing Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Engineer Mechanical Engineer Manufacturing Engineer
Manufacturing Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Production Technician Maintenance Technician Production Supervisor
Material Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Engineer Project Engineer Program Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Process Engineer Senior Manufacturing Engineer Engineering Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Process Engineer Engineering Manager Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Production Supervisor Operations Manager Operations Director
President Of Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Production Technician Production Supervisor Process Engineer
Process Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Business Analyst Quality Assurance Lead
Quality Assurance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Engineer Quality Engineer
Quality Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Quality Engineer Quality Assurance Manager
Quality Systems Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Account Executive Product Manager
Research And Development Technician
6 Yearsyrs
Production Supervisor Production Manager Operations Manager
Senior Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Service Manager Operations Manager
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Process Technician 3.9 years
Process Engineer 3.5 years
Top Employers Before
Technician 4.8%
Operator 4.3%
Supervisor 2.9%
Top Employers After
Technician 4.8%
Owner 3.7%
Engineer 3.3%

Process Engineering Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

79.7%

Female

18.2%

Unknown

2.1%
Ethnicity

White

73.6%

Asian

11.8%

Hispanic or Latino

11.3%

Unknown

2.2%

Black or African American

1.0%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

30.0%

Chinese

10.0%

French

10.0%

German

6.7%

Japanese

6.7%

Mandarin

6.7%

Portuguese

3.3%

Vietnamese

3.3%

Cantonese

3.3%

Malay

3.3%

Mongolian

3.3%

Russian

3.3%

Urdu

3.3%

Arabic

3.3%

Hindi

3.3%
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Process Engineering Technician Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

14.3%

Dutchess Community College

6.3%

North Carolina State University

6.3%

Arizona State University

6.3%

Austin Community College

6.3%

Greenville Technical College

6.3%

Pennsylvania State University

5.6%

More Tech Institute

4.8%

Colorado Technical University

4.8%

Northeastern University

4.8%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

4.0%

Community College of the Air Force

4.0%

University of Delaware

4.0%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

3.2%

Pennsylvania College of Technology

3.2%

Ferris State University

3.2%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

3.2%

Quinsigamond Community College

3.2%

San Jose State University

3.2%

University of New Mexico

3.2%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

20.7%

Business

16.6%

Chemical Engineering

13.6%

Electrical Engineering Technology

5.8%

Mechanical Engineering

5.6%

Chemistry

4.3%

Management

3.9%

Computer Science

3.7%

Industrial Technology

3.2%

Information Technology

2.8%

Industrial Engineering

2.6%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

2.6%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.2%

Computer Information Systems

1.9%

Physics

1.9%

Drafting And Design

1.7%

General Studies

1.7%

Biology

1.7%

Education

1.7%

Materials Science And Engineering

1.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

36.4%

Other

20.3%

Associate

19.4%

Masters

14.7%

Certificate

5.7%

Doctorate

2.2%

Diploma

1.3%

License

0.1%
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Real Process Engineering Technician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Process Engineer-Natural Gas Processing Technology Ch2M Hill Engineers Inc. Houston, TX Aug 28, 2015 $171,184
Conulting Technical Professional-Process Engineer Wood Group Mustang, Inc. Houston, TX Dec 01, 2014 $131,010
Process Support Engineer Technologist Applied Materials, Inc. Malta, NY Nov 14, 2014 $128,593 -
$143,300
Consulting Tech Professional-Process Engineer Mustang Engineering LP Houston, TX Jul 29, 2011 $101,920
Technical Process Engineer Columbia Recycling Corporation Dalton, GA Sep 13, 2014 $100,000
Technical Process Engineer Columbia Recycling Corporation Dalton, GA Sep 12, 2011 $100,000
Technology Process Engineer GTC Technology Us, LLC Houston, TX Oct 01, 2014 $98,000
Process Support Engineer Technologist Applied Materials, Inc. Hillsboro, OR Apr 23, 2011 $95,763 -
$139,800
Engineer Technologist-Process Additives Huntsman International LLC The Woodlands, TX Oct 28, 2011 $93,500
Technology Process Engineer GTC Technology Us, LLC Houston, TX Sep 10, 2012 $92,000
MTS Technology Development Process Engineering Globalfoundries U.S., Inc. Malta, NY Sep 04, 2013 $91,645 -
$145,000
Technology Process Engineer GTC Technology Us, LLC Houston, TX Sep 10, 2012 $85,000
Dry Etch Shift Process Tech/Eng Micron Technology, Inc. Manassas, VA Jul 17, 2012 $84,800
Process Engineer III, Technology Development Therapeutic Proteins International, LLC Chicago, IL Sep 05, 2014 $81,400
Engineer, Forming Technologies & Process Improveme Saint-Gobain Containers, Inc. Muncie, IN Jul 13, 2011 $78,000 -
$82,000
Technology Process Engineer GTC Technology Us, LLC Houston, TX Oct 01, 2015 $76,107 -
$98,000
Engineer, Technology Development and Test Process FS-Elliott Co., LLC Export, PA Oct 01, 2012 $75,000
Technology Process Engineer GTC Technology Us, LLC Houston, TX Jan 26, 2015 $73,694
R&D Process Engineer-Global Process Technology Victaulic Company Easton, PA Dec 23, 2014 $72,900
Process Engineer II, Production Technology Launch Boehringer Ingelheim Roxane, Inc. Columbus, OH Aug 25, 2014 $71,053 -
$85,470
IT Process Engineer 2 Pharmaceutical Research Associates, Inc. Raleigh, NC Apr 20, 2015 $69,950 -
$80,000
Technology Process Engineer GTC Technology Us, LLC Houston, TX Sep 30, 2015 $64,939
Process Tech Engineer Borbet Alabama, Inc. Auburn, AL Sep 24, 2013 $64,000 -
$69,000
Process Tech Engineer Borbet Alabama, Inc. Auburn, AL Sep 04, 2014 $60,819 -
$70,819
Process Engineering Technician YFS Automotive Systems, Inc. Gallatin, TN Sep 12, 2015 $55,723

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Top Skills for A Process Engineering Technician

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Top Process Engineering Technician Skills

  1. New Procedures
  2. Product Quality
  3. Process Engineering
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Train employees on new procedures.
  • Trained and certified personnel in the use of automated test/inspection equipment to facilitate consistent manufacturing processes and to improve product quality.
  • Support process engineering development by delivering on new process and product platforms having impact across business units.
  • Conducted safety reviews for new products and processes.
  • Forecasted and maintained statistical process control charts and solved computer technical problems.

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