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Working As A Process Technician Lead

  • 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
  • $78,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Process Technician Lead 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 Lead

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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Average Length of Employment
Process Technician 4.0 years
Quality Technician 3.8 years
Technician 2.7 years
Top Careers Before Process Technician Lead
Technician 6.3%
Supervisor 5.3%
Operator 2.3%
Cashier 2.3%
Top Careers After Process Technician Lead
Manager 4.2%
Technician 3.0%
Driver 2.7%
Supervisor 2.4%
Operator 2.4%

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Average Yearly Salary
$78,000
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$43,000
Min 10%
$78,000
Median 50%
$78,000
Median 50%
$78,000
Median 50%
$78,000
Median 50%
$78,000
Median 50%
$78,000
Median 50%
$78,000
Median 50%
$139,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Steward Health Care System
Highest Paying City
Hayward, CA
Highest Paying State
Washington
Avg Experience Level
4.5 years
How much does a Process Technician Lead make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Process Technician Lead in the United States is $78,307 per year or $38 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $43,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $139,000.

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Top Skills for A Process Technician Lead

  1. Safety Procedures
  2. Production Equipment
  3. Mold Changes
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Demonstrate equipment operations and work and safety procedures to new employees, or assign employees to experienced workers for training.
  • Operate and troubleshoot various production equipment.
  • Lead mold changes from completed production to start-up production of the incoming job.
  • Participated in a handful of department and company process improvement projects.
  • Monitored and resolved equipment related problems and performed preventative maintenance on all pumps and chemical systems.

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Top 10 Best States for Process Technician Leads

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  2. Oregon
  3. New Mexico
  4. Texas
  5. New Hampshire
  6. Washington
  7. Montana
  8. Alaska
  9. Rhode Island
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Process Technician Lead Demographics

Gender

Male

71.3%

Female

18.8%

Unknown

9.9%
Ethnicity

White

61.7%

Hispanic or Latino

14.2%

Black or African American

10.9%

Asian

9.3%

Unknown

3.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

57.1%

German

14.3%

Vietnamese

7.1%

Japanese

7.1%

French

7.1%

Greek

7.1%
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Process Technician Lead Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

16.0%

University of Memphis

6.2%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

6.2%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

6.2%

San Jose State University

4.9%

University of Toledo

4.9%

El Paso Community College

4.9%

More Tech Institute

4.9%

Baker College

4.9%

Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Erie-Behrend College

3.7%

Harford Community College

3.7%

Temple University

3.7%

New York University

3.7%

Kalamazoo Valley Community College

3.7%

Wayne State University

3.7%

Texas State University

3.7%

Cerritos College

3.7%

Tri-County Technical College

3.7%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

3.7%

Western Governors University

3.7%
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Majors

Business

24.4%

Electrical Engineering

9.7%

Computer Science

7.8%

Industrial Technology

4.9%

Chemical Engineering

4.9%

Information Technology

4.5%

Biology

4.2%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.9%

Management

3.9%

Mechanical Engineering

3.9%

Computer Information Systems

3.9%

Automotive Technology

3.2%

Chemistry

3.2%

General Studies

2.9%

Nursing

2.6%

Health Care Administration

2.6%

Plastics Engineering

2.6%

Drafting And Design

2.3%

Liberal Arts

2.3%

Project Management

2.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

31.7%

Other

26.9%

Associate

15.2%

Masters

13.7%

Certificate

7.7%

Diploma

2.2%

Doctorate

2.2%

License

0.4%
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