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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
  • $79,500

    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
Project Manager Engineering Manager Quality Manager
Corporate Quality Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Production Manager 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
Engineering Technician Project Engineer Operations Manager
Human Resources Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Engineer Manufacturing Manager Plant Manager
Manufacturing Director
14 Yearsyrs
Production Manager Engineering Manager
Manufacturing Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Production Supervisor Production Manager Operations Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Field Service Technician Service Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Production Supervisor Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Service Manager General Manager
President Of Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Engineer Software Engineer
Product Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Maintenance Technician Production Supervisor
Production Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Engineering Technician Project Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Service Manager Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Quality Control Technician Quality Assurance Technician Quality Assurance Supervisor
Quality Assurance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Quality Control Technician Technician Quality Control Inspector
Quality Control Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Engineer Quality Engineer
Quality Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Business Analyst Quality Assurance Manager
Quality Systems Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Operations Manager
Senior Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Process Operator 4.0 years
Process Technician 4.0 years
Blend Technician 3.6 years
Quality Technician 3.6 years
Process Engineer 3.5 years
Technician 2.6 years
Top Employers Before
Technician 8.2%
Supervisor 5.7%
Operator 5.4%
Cashier 4.0%
Manager 3.3%
Internship 3.1%
Top Employers After
Technician 8.8%
Supervisor 5.7%
Operator 3.9%

Process Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

70.5%

Female

27.6%

Unknown

1.9%
Ethnicity

White

78.0%

Hispanic or Latino

11.7%

Asian

8.2%

Unknown

1.5%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

53.8%

French

9.0%

Vietnamese

4.1%

Chinese

3.6%

German

3.6%

Carrier

3.2%

Italian

3.2%

Polish

2.7%

Russian

2.3%

Japanese

2.3%

Mandarin

1.8%

Arabic

1.8%

Hindi

1.4%

Portuguese

1.4%

Cantonese

1.4%

Swahili

0.9%

Swedish

0.9%

Bengali

0.9%

Uzbek

0.9%

Hebrew

0.9%
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Process Technician Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

17.9%

Wake Technical Community College

7.1%

Arizona State University

6.2%

Mesa Community College - Boswell

5.1%

Grand Rapids Community College

4.9%

Strayer University

4.9%

Austin Community College

4.9%

El Paso Community College

4.0%

Community College of the Air Force

4.0%

Texas A&M University

4.0%

Corning Community College

4.0%

San Jose State University

4.0%

Kaplan University

4.0%

Oregon State University

3.8%

Ashford University

3.8%

Greenville Technical College

3.8%

Iowa State University

3.8%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

3.5%

Pennsylvania State University

3.5%

North Carolina State University

3.3%
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Majors

Business

22.8%

Electrical Engineering

11.7%

Biology

6.4%

Electrical Engineering Technology

5.9%

Industrial Technology

5.1%

General Studies

4.6%

Management

4.0%

Chemical Engineering

3.9%

Computer Science

3.8%

Criminal Justice

3.8%

Mechanical Engineering

3.5%

Accounting

3.2%

Chemistry

3.2%

Medical Assisting Services

3.1%

Health Care Administration

2.9%

Computer Information Systems

2.8%

Psychology

2.5%

Nursing

2.4%

Medical Technician

2.4%

Automotive Technology

2.0%
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Degrees

Other

31.4%

Bachelors

30.7%

Associate

19.2%

Masters

7.8%

Certificate

7.6%

Diploma

1.9%

Doctorate

1.0%

License

0.3%
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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

SafetyProceduresLabRawMaterialsSet-UpPreventativeMaintenanceTechnicalSupportDataEntryProcessControlProcessEquipmentProcessImprovementCleanRoomEnvironmentISOQualityChecksCustomerServiceProcessTechSPCEmergencyProductionProcessQualityProductGMP

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Top Process Technician Skills

  1. Safety Procedures
  2. Lab
  3. Raw Materials
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Maintain safety procedures and protective wear at all times.
  • Presented technical reports to management and peers, and collaborated with engineers to deliver optimal testing strategy and solutions.
  • Retrieve raw materials and follow a batch ticket to make the product in the reactors.
  • Process Tech Set-up and operation of equipment in molding department.
  • Performed preventative maintenance on 4 lines as well as the blower systems for rail car unloading.

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