Process Engineer Job Description: Top Duties and Qualifications

A Process Engineer, or Manufacturing Process Engineer, designs and implements systems and equipment procedures used manufacturing facilities. Their main duties include testing and monitoring equipment, updating current system processes and conducting risk assessments.


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Process Engineer duties and responsibilities

A job description for a Process Engineer may contain the following duties and responsibilities:

  • Conducting research to develop new and improved processes for manufacturing
  • Establishing safety procedures for individuals working with dangerous chemicals
  • Developing methods for separating components of gases and liquids or for generating electrical currents 
  • Designing and planning equipment layout
  • Conducting tests and monitoring the process performance throughout production
  • Troubleshooting problems associated with manufacturing processes
  • Evaluating processes and equipment to ensure compliance with environmental and safety regulations
  • Estimating production costs


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Job Posting for Chemical or Plastics Engineer for Process Engineer at Crown Poly, Inc

Crown Poly, Inc. was founded in 1991 and is headquartered in Los Angeles, CA (Huntington Park). The company was founded on and continues to expand through innovation and manufacturing of patented supermarket packaging products. We are the market leader in value-added plastic packaging supplies and our patented Pull-N-Pak® produce bagging system maintains a [website] majority market share of over 40% in its category. We have a second product line with our patented grocery bagging system, and have now introduced a retail consumer trash can liner. As our growth continues, we find ourselves in need of a Process Engineer to work in our blown film extrusion departments after receiving on the job and off site training.

Position Requirements:

  • [website] in Chemical or Plastics/Process Engineering

  • Prefer 1 year minimum work experience in manufacturing /operations but no experience required

  • Self-motivated; able to work independently or in teams with little supervision

  • Able to work on Plant Floor

  • Results-Oriented problem solver in an ever changing environment with strong troubleshooting skills

  • Strong follow-up skills; detail-oriented

  • Strong Written and Verbal Communication Skills

  • Strong Computer Skills: Solid works or AutoCAD; Excel; Outlook

  • Bi-lingual (Spanish) a plus but not required

    Position Responsibilities:

  • Project-based working closely with Production & Maintenance departments

  • Responsible for executing and implementing activities of the Extrusion department

  • Responsible for sampling different materials and blends to optimize properties

  • Responsible for improving our Film Quality and Strength and minimizing Extrusion downtime

  • Responsible for working with Quality Control to properly sample and test film properties on a timely basis

  • Responsible for conducting Research and Development projects

  • Responsible for developing procedures and checklists

  • Assist Engineering Department as needed to design, develop and procure New Plant Equipment

    Work Environment:

    This position will spend approximately 85% of the time in a floor environment of a manufacturing plant. During time spent in the manufacturing plant floor, this position is subject to moderate noise levels, very light dust, high and low temperatures and other standard elements of a manufacturing environment.


  • 401(K) Retirement Plan including Employer Match

  • Paid Vacation, Sick days and Holidays

  • Health Insurance - Medical, Dental & Vision

  • Life, AD&D, Short & Long-Term Disability

  • Salary Range: Competitive Salary

    Crown Poly, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

    Job Type: Full-time

    Salary: $65,000.00 /year


  • process engineering: 1 year (Preferred)

  • manufacturing: 1 year (Preferred)

    Additional Compensation:

  • Bonuses

    Work Location:

  • One location


  • Health insurance

  • Dental insurance

  • Vision insurance

  • Retirement plan

  • Paid time off

  • Flexible schedule

  • Tuition reimbursement


  • Monday to Friday

  • 8 hour shift

    Benefit Waiting period may Only full-time employees eligible

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    Process Engineer

    Process Engineering Intern

    The Company:

    Placon is a leading designer and manufacturer of plastic packaging, producing quality thermoformed and injection molded packaging in the food, retail and medical markets. Through Placon’s recycling facility, EcoStar, we have managed to keep more than 23 million pounds of materials out of landfills each year, since 2011, totaling over 200 million pounds.

    Working side-by-side with our customers, our mission is to fuel the heart and mind of the engineer in each of us by delivering packaging breakthroughs that inspire better engagement between people and products. Every day we solve problems, embrace challenges and celebrate successes. We work together to transform valuable renewable resources back into new plastic packaging while continuing to push the boundaries of sustainability and environmentally-responsible packaging.

    The Position:

    We’re looking for a motivated engineering intern to support our Process Engineering team in a role intended for self-development while also making a significant impact on Placon’s bottom line and interfacing with multiple departments. Employees in this role will be expected to learn, create, innovate, and collaborate. Reporting to the Material Development & Process Engineering Manager, this employee will work towards goals and present his/her results.

    Our Process Engineering team serves four primary functions: 1) development of new products, 2) production support and troubleshooting, 3) continuous improvement, and 4) support of capital expenditure projects. Placon’s Process Engineers are strong troubleshooters with the ability to observe, document, analyze, and to continuously improve our operations. They also work with our operations teams to reduce variability and improve production efficiencies.


    This position’s primary focus is typically a project focused on continuous improvement and supplemented by supporting other departmental tasks in our recycling, extrusion or thermoforming operations. Some examples include:

    Develop process flows and work instructions

    Create/Update 2D drawings/3D models

    Data analysis

    Materials testing


    Eligible to work in the United States on a permanent basis without sponsorship

    Enrolled in a Bachelor’s degree program in Mechanical, Materials, or Chemical Engineering or a similar degree

    Completed 4 semesters of undergraduate course work

    The Location:

    This position is located in Madison, WI. Placon also has manufacturing operations in Elkhart, IN; West Springfield, MA; and Plymouth, MN.

    Timeframe: Summer 2020

    Job Type: Internship

    Salary: $0.00 /year


  • None

    Internship Compensation:

  • Pay


  • Day No
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    Process Engineer

    Process Engineer

    Company Description

    Spec Engineering, Pllc is a full-service, multi-disciplinary engineering and design firm specializing in Petrochemicals, Pharmaceuticals and Energy related services. Located in the heart of Houston, Texas, our Houston office is close to excellent public and private schools, fantastic restaurants and boasts all the amenities of city living. Engineers based out of our Houston branch work with clients on a local, national and international level and have the benefit of partnering with our Albany, New York central office. Spec offers competitive salaries, merit-based annual bonuses and a comprehensive benefits package.

    We are currently seeking qualified candidates with relevant experience in industrial facilities and process-related projects for our Houston, Texas office.

    Job Description

    Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • Define, organize, execute, and coordinate engineering assignments for clients, primarily in the petrochemical, pharmaceutical and manufacturing industries.

  • Foster relations with existing clients and develop new client base.

  • Perform engineering design for client projects including but not limited to piping systems, pump hydraulics, tank and vessels, heat transfer equipment, controls equipment, and process equipment.

  • Develop project deliverables for clients including PFDs, P&IDs, Heat and Mass Balances, Basis of Design, Schedules, Project Estimates, Bid Documents, Equipment Specifications, etc.

  • Plan and organize project work for multidisciplinary team including electrical designers, mechanical designers, civil/structural designers, procurement and administrative staff supporting those assignments.

  • Research, design, and specify equipment, controls, and processes for chemical, mechanical, thermal, hydraulic, and other industrial systems.

  • Provide on-site construction management assistance during installation, commissioning and start-up of equipment and related systems.

  • Travel required and dependent on project and client needs.


    5 to 10+ years of experience with the key duties and responsibilities described above is desired. Strong candidates will possess the following qualifications and experience:

  • A BS or higher in Chemical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering

  • Consulting or plant engineering experience in petrochemical or other industrial facilities or industries.

  • Committed self-starter with ability to work independently to meet project schedules and goals.

  • Ability to apply engineering techniques commonly used in industrial capital projects, such as piping engineering, pipe stress analysis, pump hydraulic calculations, sizing and specification of pumps, heat transfer calculations, safety relief system sizing, and sizing and specifications for process equipment.

  • Experience with Process Hazard Analysis and Risk Assessment Reviews.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

  • Working knowledge of office productivity software, including spreadsheets and word processing.

  • Working knowledge of AutoCAD, CADWorx, and Caesar II software a plus.

  • Possess or have the ability to obtain PE a plus.


    Spec offers a comprehensive benefit package

    Excellent 401k matching program

    Great vacation and schedule flexibility

    Opportunity for bonuses

    Highly competitive salary structure

    Job Type: Full-time

    Salary: $40.00 to $52.00 /hour


  • Process Engineering: 3 years (Required)


  • English (Required)

    Required travel:

  • 25% (Preferred)

    Additional Compensation:

  • Bonuses

    Work Location:

  • One location


  • Health insurance

  • Dental insurance

  • Vision insurance

  • Retirement plan

  • Paid time off

  • Flexible Professional development Monday to Friday
  • What does a Process Engineer do?

    Process Engineers work in the manufacturing industry to build and oversee the design and production of a facility’s processes. They’ll regularly meet with production managers to determine what their current processes consist of and will collaborate with them to make adjustments accordingly. They’ll also perform risk assessments to determine what kind of improvements could be made to keep the facility running smoothly and efficiently. 

    Process Engineers are also responsible for reviewing safety and quality standards to ensure the facility is properly meeting these guidelines. They’ll use these guidelines to design and test their own process upgrades and new systems to see if they meet quality standards and regulations. Process Engineers will then update Product Managers of any changes by providing them with operating instructions and process documents with instructions and details listed.


    Process Engineer skills and qualifications

    A job description for a Process Engineer may contain the following skills and qualifications requirements: 

    • Analytical skills for troubleshooting designs not working as planned, asking the right questions and finding answers that work
    • Ingenuity for using the broad concepts of chemical engineering  and applying them to address specific production problems
    • Interpersonal skills in developing positive working relationships with other employees working with the production process
    • Math skills for using the principals of advanced math topics including troubleshooting their work, calculus for analysis and design


    Process Engineer salary expectations

    A Process Engineer makes an average of $88,423 per year. Salary may depend on level of experience, education and the geographical location. 


    Process Engineer education and training requirements 

    A Process Engineer requires a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering or a similar field. These programs typically take four years to complete and include field, classroom and laboratory studies. Some colleges offer five-year engineering programs that result in the student graduating with both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree. Graduate degrees, including a Ph.D., allow Engineers to work in development and research. 

    The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. (ABET) accredits engineering programs, including chemical engineering programs such as biology, chemistry and physics. These programs include applying the sciences to analysis, design and control of biological, chemical and physical processes.


    Process Engineer experience requirements

    Some universities and colleges offer cooperative programs and internships in partnership with an industry where students can gain practical experience while completing their degree. 

    Entry-level Engineers are generally supervised by experienced Engineers with larger companies occasionally offering additional formal training via classroom course work or seminars. Junior Engineers with experience and knowledge can move on to more challenging projects with greater independence to make decisions, solve problems and develop designs. 


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    Frequently asked questions about Process Engineers


    Who does a Process Engineer report to?

    Process Engineers will typically report to Production Managers with updates on their process plans and with ideas for ways to improve the manufacturing facilities’ efficiencies. Production Managers will thoroughly review the Process Engineers’ plans and will provide them with valuable feedback and input that the Process Engineer will use to update their plans accordingly. 

    After new plans are implemented by facility workers, the Process Engineer will monitor its progress and will report and present it to the Production Manager. The Production Manager may relay this information to key stakeholders or the Process Engineer may be responsible for reporting to the stakeholders and presenting on their process’ success on their own with the Production Manager’s guidance.


    What settings do Process Engineers typically work in?

    Process Engineers can work in a wide variety of settings depending on the company they work for and the responsibilities they’re assigned that day. They may spend a majority of their time on the factory floor, walking around monitoring the equipment wearing safety equipment, like hard hats, protective shoes and vests. They’ll inspect the efficiencies of the equipment and will note any improvements to make. 

    After spending time in the factory or plant, the Process Engineer will return to their desk to create drafts of new processes and techniques for workers to follow to improve the safety, efficiency and productivity of the factory and its employees. 


    Do Process Engineers have different responsibilities in different industries?

    Process Engineers can work in many different industries, where they’ll typically hold similar responsibilities of developing processes to improve the performances of factories, plants and workers. Many of them work in manufacturing facilities, helping create processes to enhance the safety and usage of tools used to make products. Others will work in water treatment facilities to determine the safety of various chemicals located in the water within the factory. 

    Some serve in the food and beverage industry to build processes that help workers better evaluate the safety and nutritional value that goes into creating foods and drinks. There are also Process Engineers who work in environmentally friendly facilities, finding ways to boost their efficiency and eco-friendly processes.


    What makes a good Process Engineer?

    Many great Process Engineers should have strong mathematical abilities to correctly input and calculate various data points to build accurate systems and processes. They should also have knowledge of and experience using different complex machinery since they oversee and cultivate ways to improve the usage of them. Strong verbal and written communication abilities are also needed in the ideal candidate to create and present reports on the success of their processes and strategies.

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