A process control engineer is responsible for ensuring that a production process and related equipment are running reliably and effectively. This includes monitoring equipment and process parameters, planning upgrades and maintenance, and developing and implementing changes that improve uptime and output quality. The engineer must collaborate with technicians who operate the equipment, downstream users of the process output, upstream providers of process inputs, factory management, and other engineers responsible for relevant regulatory requirements. The engineer uses Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) software and higher level data analysis tools to monitor the systems, and sometimes the engineer must deep dive problems in lower level and software and hardware (like programmable logic controllers), or troubleshoot the equipment itself.
Former Febreeze Noticeables Process Engineer at P&G
almost 3 years ago
Come to work around 7-730am. Analyze manufacturing data (i.e. number of machine stops) from last 24 hours and talk to operators. Update daily board with manufacturing data. Discuss manufacturing data during morning meetings. Devise plans to eliminate top 3 machine stops. Occasionally work on process improvement projects that may include R&D and manufacturing staff. Leave work around 430-5pm. Occasionally, job required answering and troubleshooting issues during night shift.
Former Council Outdoor Ethics Advocate - Volunteer at Boy Scouts of America
almost 2 years ago
Process Engineers specialize in a toolset or area. You before the subject matter expert (SME) in everything that can go wrong with a tool and process.
At my last company I had 14 toolsets in my area that needed constant monitoring using Statistical Process Controls (SPC). These allow you to monitor all of the important variables of a toolset and the quality of your product moving through the process, I had nearly 1000 charts. This is too many to review daily, so organization, automation, and AI are key. I used Traceability Made Easy (TME) to assist my monitoring that would email me violations and store my documentation for operators and technicians to easily review.
You are also required to mentor technicians on these controls and how to react to them. By creating and updating documentation (procedures, Out of Control Action Plans (OCAP), Control Documents or specifications for the processes and tools), you allow others to have a game plan on what needs to be done. You also may be asked to share expertise in Cris functional groups in either development or troubleshooting.
Time management usually splits 60/30/10. 60% on maintaining day to day activities as mentioned above, 30% on Continuous Improvement (CI), and 10% on Research & Development projects. I was also on call 24/7/365 even when I was on PTO, paid time off.
A lot will depend on the company culture you are with and your specific manager, but if enjoy slicing problems and contributing to immediate impacts on a company, this could definitely be a position for you.