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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
  • $35,000

    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

Process Technician
Technician Team Leader Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Technician Team Leader Production Supervisor
Manufacturing Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Technician Engineer Manufacturing Engineer
Manufacturing Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Foreman Project Manager
Quality Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Engineer Quality Engineer
Quality Assurance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Engineer Process Engineer
Process Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Process Engineer Quality Engineer Quality Assurance Manager
Quality Assurance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Process Engineer Manufacturing Engineer Quality Engineer
Quality Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Technician Field Service Technician Lead Technician
Technical Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Technician Field Service Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Facilities Maintenance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Technician Manufacturing Engineer Quality Manager
Quality Systems Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Laboratory Technician Research Associate
Laboratory Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Laboratory Technician Production Supervisor Superintendent
Quality Control Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Laboratory Technician Team Leader Operation Supervisor
Fleet Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Field Service Technician
Technical Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Production Supervisor Processing Supervisor
Processing Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Project Engineer Production Manager
Continuous Improvement Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Electronics Technician Design Engineer Research And Development Engineer
Research And Development Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Electronics Technician Project Engineer Senior Process Engineer
Process Engineering Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Electronics Technician Research And Development Technician Senior Research And Development Technician
Senior Manufacturing Technician
6 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Process Operator 4.3 years
Process Technician 4.0 years
Molding Technician 3.7 years
Blend Technician 3.3 years
Top Careers Before Process Technician
Technician 7.9%
Cashier 7.1%
Supervisor 6.5%
Operator 5.4%
Internship 3.0%
Manager 3.0%
Top Careers After Process Technician
Technician 8.8%
Supervisor 6.5%
Operator 4.0%
Cashier 3.8%
Owner 2.6%

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Average Yearly Salary
$35,000
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$23,000
Min 10%
$35,000
Median 50%
$35,000
Median 50%
$35,000
Median 50%
$35,000
Median 50%
$35,000
Median 50%
$35,000
Median 50%
$35,000
Median 50%
$54,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Apple
Highest Paying City
Santa Clara, CA
Highest Paying State
California
Avg Experience Level
4.0 years
How much does a Process Technician make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Process Technician in the United States is $35,393 per year or $17 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $23,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $54,000.

Real Process Technician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
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
Process Technician (Mechanical Engineering) Kautex Inc. San Antonio, TX Sep 14, 2010 $59,904
Process Technician Kautex Inc. Avilla, IN Oct 01, 2012 $58,656
Equipment Process Technician Bericap Sc, LLC Cowpens, SC Mar 27, 2013 $56,160

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Top Skills for A Process Technician

  1. Safety Procedures
  2. Preventative Maintenance
  3. Raw Materials
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Follow infection-control and safety procedures in carrying out daily functions.
  • Scheduled and performed preventative maintenance for mechanical systems while intercepting possible system failures to increase safety.
  • Supervised the Precious Metal dissolving department, including scheduling delivery of raw materials and allocation of man power.
  • Implemented business process improvements that increased capacity, reduced lead-time, reduced work-in-process, improved fill-rates, improved process flows.
  • Worked as a quality assurance process technician at Intel corporations where he conducted Quality checks for in-process microprocessors for quality factors.

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Top 10 Best States for Process Technicians

  1. Idaho
  2. New Mexico
  3. Oklahoma
  4. Maine
  5. Texas
  6. Arkansas
  7. Washington
  8. West Virginia
  9. Iowa
  10. Ohio
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Process Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

65.1%

Female

26.0%

Unknown

8.8%
Ethnicity

White

62.1%

Hispanic or Latino

15.5%

Black or African American

11.3%

Asian

7.8%

Unknown

3.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

58.6%

French

7.0%

Vietnamese

3.7%

Chinese

2.9%

German

2.9%

Polish

2.6%

Russian

2.2%

Carrier

2.2%

Portuguese

2.2%

Arabic

2.2%

Hindi

1.8%

Italian

1.8%

Japanese

1.8%

Swedish

1.5%

Mandarin

1.5%

Cantonese

1.5%

Bengali

1.1%

Hebrew

1.1%

Swahili

0.7%

Somali

0.7%
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Process Technician Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

23.3%

Wake Technical Community College

6.2%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

5.3%

Strayer University

5.1%

Grand Rapids Community College

5.0%

Arizona State University

4.7%

Ashford University

4.3%

University of Utah

4.0%

North Carolina State University

3.7%

San Jacinto College District

3.7%

San Jose State University

3.7%

Kaplan University

3.7%

Baker College

3.6%

Lee College

3.6%

Oregon State University

3.5%

Austin Community College

3.5%

ITI Technical College

3.3%

Salt Lake Community College

3.3%

Community College of the Air Force

3.2%

University of Missouri - Columbia

3.2%
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Majors

Business

22.5%

Electrical Engineering

10.3%

Biology

6.7%

Electrical Engineering Technology

6.1%

Industrial Technology

4.9%

General Studies

4.8%

Criminal Justice

4.1%

Computer Science

4.0%

Medical Assisting Services

4.0%

Accounting

3.8%

Management

3.5%

Health Care Administration

3.3%

Chemistry

3.3%

Nursing

3.0%

Mechanical Engineering

2.9%

Chemical Engineering

2.9%

Medical Technician

2.7%

Computer Information Systems

2.5%

Psychology

2.5%

Information Technology

2.3%
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Degrees

Other

32.3%

Bachelors

30.1%

Associate

20.2%

Certificate

7.6%

Masters

6.2%

Diploma

2.7%

Doctorate

0.6%

License

0.4%
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