Process engineer responsibilities
The duties of a process engineer are many and varied, however the key duties and responsibilities are as follows:
Collect and analyse process data.
- Troubleshoot, problem solve and suggest improvements to reduce loss/wastage.
- Undertake project scoping, PFD/P&ID development and produce basis of design documentation.
- Apply process engineering and leadership skills to help maintain safe and reliable operations.
- Carry out risk assessments and follow strict health and safety guidelines.
- Keep up to date with and apply the relevant engineering codes and standards.
- Monitor equipment to ensure it's working properly.
How to become a process engineer
To secure a role in process engineering, there are certain qualifications and skills that employers will expect to see on your CV.
Process engineer qualifications/experience
- A-levels in STEM subjects like chemistry, IT, maths, etc.
- A degree in a relevant subject such as chemical engineering, biochemical engineering or industrial engineering.
- Relevant work experience – Degrees with work placements are great for gaining industry experience.
After graduating, you can apply for entry-level roles such as process product engineer or process automation engineer.
Process engineer skills
A successful process engineer will be confident in the following areas…
- project management
- data analysis
- analytical thinking
- attention to detail
- verbal communication
What is a process engineer’s salary?
The average salary for a process engineer in the UK is between £40-45k per year. Entry level roles tend to start at around £26K per year, and senior process engineers can earn upwards of 70K per year.