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A process technician oversees the completion of a particular manufacturing process or the entire plant.

If you’re good at looking at the big picture and have excellent organizational skills, then you’ll make a great process technician. This job will have you working on the production floor, where all the action is, with occasional tasks in the laboratory or the warehouse. You’ll be involved in every step of the manufacturing process, from design to finished product quality tests.

As a process technician, you’ll work on the process that a product undergoes, from the moment a customer comes forward with an idea or need to the end of its journey through the assembly line. Because you’ll be able to read technical drawings and understand the specifications of a product, you’ll be valuable out on the production floor, checking machines and inspecting the products to make sure they look and work exactly the way they should. Your duties will vary depending on the company, but you might be asked to repair machines, which will require you to have some knowledge of mechanical and electrical systems. Good organizational skills will come in handy if you’re asked to prepare or file reports.

Although process technician is considered an entry level job, there are various certifications and training courses that will make your resume stand out to potential employers. Look for programs that offer hands-on experience at a real manufacturing facility.

Also Known As:

Process Engineer, Production Associate, Plant Technician

Process Technician

Critical Skills

Required

  • Active Listening
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Manufacturing Process, Design, and Development
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Tools and Equipment
  • Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly
  • Production and Processing

Preferred

  • Advanced Computer Skills
  • Communication - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking/Oral
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Gathering or Getting Information
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Operations Analysis
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Problem Solving
  • Project Management
  • Teamwork

Key Responsibilities

  • Confer with clients to ensure satisfaction
  • Monitor and troubleshoot manufacturing equipment
  • Ensure safety standards are met
  • Perform preventative and repair maintenance on machines
  • Conduct quality tests on materials and finished products
  • Prepare analytical reports on tests

Interests

  • Process Improvements
  • Project Management
  • Team Leadership
  • Technical Writing

How to get this job

Previous process or project work is desired. Take on process documentation work and technical writing opportunities. Gain customer service skills, project software skills, experience working with budgets.

Next Steps for this job

Get PMP Certification, Lean/Sig Sigma Certification, take technical writing course.



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