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Process Engineers are involved in the design, modification and operation of processes to produce the things we rely on everyday from petrol to electricity, the list is endless.
Are you curious about how things are made sometimes? Do shows like “How It’s Made” on Discovery Channel appeal to you? Every product you see and use in your daily life have all gone through a complex process to become the product they are today. As a Process Engineer, your job can be greatly varied. However, you will be there for the entire process from designing to the completion of the end product. If you fancy seeing and literally turning raw materials into an end produc...
Are you curious about how things are made sometimes? Do shows like “How It’s Made” on Discovery Channel appeal to you? Every product you see and use in your daily life have all gone through a complex process to become the product they are today. As a Process Engineer, your job can be greatly varied. However, you will be there for the entire process from designing to the completion of the end product. If you fancy seeing and literally turning raw materials into an end product, this is the right career for you. Depending on your interests and the size of the company you are working for, you may specialise in a niche area. Some Process Engineers also develop solutions to environmental problems, such as pollution control and remediation.
A bachelor's degree is often enough to begin entry-level work
Job growth is expected to be much faster than average
Further education and higher qualification is necessary to become a professional engineer
Employers frequently prefer years of industry-specific work experience
Long work hours and may require to work on weekends
Work together with other professionals to maximise the efficiency of production plants
Design new and better equipment that is able to function with the current equipment being used
Assess possible options for plant expansion
Design and implement plants, observe developments and investigate causes of errors
Implement new technologies
Maintain safety standards
Research improved ways of manufacturing products
Be creative and innovative
You, together with your team, will be coming up with new, different and better products everyday! Hence, you will be providing solutions to a certain problem with newly invented products and upgrading existing products so that they can be better. With this, you have to consider what is already established and find a new way to make more products that will help make daily life more convenient.
Being able to work as a part of a team
As you work with other professionals through the process and across the production plants, you will need to be able to communicate with everyone effectively, especially when it comes to new ideas. Furthermore, you will also need to know how to manage a team well and be a great team player to maximise the efficiency of the team and the production of the plant.
Critical and logical thinking
When you have a problem, you cannot just look at it in one direction and expect it to be solved. More often than not, you will need to look at it in a variety of directions and perspectives so that you and your team can form the best solution. Furthermore, you will need to brainstorm ideas after evaluating and assessing all the data gathered previously.
Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
Candidates should at least possess a degree in Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, Chemistry, Environmental Engineering or any of related field. You can also further your studies to be better suited in the industry.
The working hours of a Process Engineer is usually 9am to 5pm but you may have to work extra hours to meet deadlines. If you work in manufacturing, you may have to work in shifts, sometimes in the evening or on the weekends..
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