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Working As A Process 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
  • $47,937

    Average Salary

What Does A Process 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 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 Technician Career Paths

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Manufacturing Engineer Quality Manager Production Manager
Business Unit Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Engineer Production Manager
Continuous Improvement Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Field Service Technician Maintenance Manager
Facilities Maintenance Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Maintenance Technician Production Supervisor
Logistics Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Production Supervisor Manufacturing Engineer
Manufacturing Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Production Supervisor Production Manager
Manufacturing Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Engineer Process Engineer
Process Engineering Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Process Engineer Quality Engineer
Quality Assurance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Quality Control Technician Quality Assurance Technician
Quality Assurance Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Field Engineer Project Engineer
Quality Control Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Quality Control Technician Technician Quality Control Inspector
Quality Control Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Engineering Technician Quality Engineer
Quality Lead
7 Yearsyrs
Process Engineer Manufacturing Engineer Quality Engineer
Quality Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Production Supervisor Process Engineer Quality Engineer
Quality Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Process Engineer Quality Manager
Quality Systems Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Test Technician Research And Development Technician Research And Development Engineer
Research And Development Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Specialist Maintenance Technician Group Leader
Section Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Process Technician 4.0 years
Set Up Technician 3.6 years
Quality Technician 3.6 years
Top Careers Before Process Technician
Technician 8.6%
Supervisor 6.1%
Operator 5.9%
Cashier 4.7%
Manager 3.3%
Internship 3.1%
Top Careers After Process Technician
Technician 8.7%
Supervisor 6.1%
Operator 4.0%
Owner 2.7%

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Process Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

70.0%

Female

28.3%

Unknown

1.8%
Ethnicity

White

61.7%

Hispanic or Latino

15.7%

Black or African American

11.1%

Asian

8.2%

Unknown

3.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

56.3%

French

8.0%

Vietnamese

4.0%

Carrier

3.0%

Chinese

3.0%

German

3.0%

Polish

3.0%

Russian

2.5%

Italian

2.5%

Japanese

2.5%

Hindi

1.5%

Hebrew

1.5%

Cantonese

1.5%

Arabic

1.5%

Swahili

1.0%

Swedish

1.0%

Mandarin

1.0%

Bengali

1.0%

Uzbek

1.0%

Greek

1.0%
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Process Technician Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

19.3%

Wake Technical Community College

7.5%

Arizona State University

5.2%

Grand Rapids Community College

4.9%

Strayer University

4.9%

Mesa Community College - Boswell

4.9%

Austin Community College

4.5%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

4.2%

Community College of the Air Force

4.0%

Ashford University

4.0%

Kaplan University

4.0%

El Paso Community College

3.8%

Oregon State University

3.8%

Corning Community College

3.8%

Iowa State University

3.8%

North Carolina State University

3.5%

University of Utah

3.5%

University of Missouri - Columbia

3.5%

San Jose State University

3.5%

Midlands Technical College

3.3%
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Majors

Business

22.3%

Electrical Engineering

11.5%

Biology

6.7%

Electrical Engineering Technology

5.9%

General Studies

5.2%

Industrial Technology

5.0%

Criminal Justice

4.1%

Computer Science

4.0%

Management

3.6%

Accounting

3.5%

Mechanical Engineering

3.3%

Chemistry

3.2%

Medical Assisting Services

3.2%

Health Care Administration

3.1%

Computer Information Systems

2.9%

Chemical Engineering

2.8%

Nursing

2.5%

Psychology

2.5%

Information Technology

2.3%

Medical Technician

2.3%
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Degrees

Other

32.9%

Bachelors

31.0%

Associate

19.6%

Certificate

7.5%

Masters

6.0%

Diploma

2.0%

Doctorate

0.7%

License

0.3%
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Real Process Technician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Technical Advisor-Process KBR, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 19, 2013 $166,400
Technical Advisor-Process KBR Technical Services, Inc. Houston, TX Jun 13, 2016 $152,000
Technical Advisor-Process KBR, Inc. Houston, TX Nov 17, 2014 $152,000
Technical Advisor-Process KBR, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 09, 2011 $147,967
Technical Advisor-Process KBR, Inc. Houston, TX Aug 22, 2014 $144,874
Technical Advisor-Process KBR, Inc. Houston, TX Aug 24, 2014 $139,000
Technical Advisor-Process KBR, Inc. Houston, TX Aug 22, 2011 $131,481
Technical Advisor-Process KBR, Inc. Houston, TX May 05, 2011 $130,000
Technical Advisor-Process KBR, Inc. Houston, TX Aug 24, 2014 $127,529
Technical Advisor-Process KBR, Inc. Newark, DE Sep 17, 2014 $113,308
Technical Advisor-Process KBR Technical Services, Inc. Houston, TX Nov 19, 2015 $110,000
Technical Advisor-Process Be&K Engineering Company Newark, DE Sep 17, 2011 $101,038
Process Technologist Technip USA, Inc. Boston, MA Jan 10, 2016 $91,814
Caster Process Technician Nucor Steel Memphis Memphis, TN Oct 24, 2014 $89,544
Fluoropolymer Processing Technologist W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc. Newark, DE Sep 04, 2013 $82,004
Special Process Technician FTG Circuits Inc. CA Feb 18, 2016 $75,109
Fluoropolymer Processing Technologist W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc. Elkton, MD Dec 17, 2010 $75,010
Process Improvement Technician Intralox, L.L.C. Harahan, LA Dec 07, 2016 $71,136
Process Technician Rovira Biscuit Corporation Ponce, PR Oct 10, 2010 $69,763
Business Process Management Level Two Technical SU IBM Coorporation Coppell, TX Oct 07, 2012 $66,436 -
$103,812
Process Technician Manager INZI Controls Alabama Inc. Elba, AL Oct 11, 2016 $62,442
Process Technician Kautex Inc. Avilla, IN Oct 22, 2014 $60,070

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Top Skills for A Process Technician

  1. Safety Procedures
  2. Lab
  3. Preventative Maintenance
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  • Follow infection-control and safety procedures in carrying out daily functions.
  • Presented technical reports to management and peers, and collaborated with engineers to deliver optimal testing strategy and solutions.
  • Scheduled and performed preventative maintenance for mechanical systems while intercepting possible system failures to increase safety.
  • Process Development and Engineering projects: supported the Process Engineering team in implementing process improvements and in investigating process issues.
  • Perform a visual inspection of raw materials and components for particulate contamination and any noticeable abnormalities.

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