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Process engineers: optimising technical processes

Process engineers are responsible for the technical processes in companies. They are actively involved in improvement projects as well as ensure their success and the optimisation of existing processes by applying their expertise.

Which opportunities do process engineers have on the labour market?

Process engineers require an academic degree in an engineering-related field. A specialisation in process engineering and internships in producing companies allow a successful career start. Process engineers usually work in the chemical or energy industry, in the field of process engineering or at companies specialised in plant engineering. On these labour markets, process engineers have very good prospects. Learn more about the individual areas process engineers can work in.

What are the tasks and responsibilities of process engineers?

Process engineers are responsible both for the development of approaches and concepts intended for the improvement of technical processes and for the creation and application of procedure models to different processes. That way, process engineers are able to examine the efficiency and effectiveness of the individual processes and, where required, derive process optimisation measures. Optimisation is always required when problems occur or a more effective production process is needed.

Extensive training courses related to the developed measures also belong to the daily business of process engineers. Furthermore, process engineers often manage process teams and coordinate their tasks and act as representatives of improvement projects towards the management board.

  • Development of approaches and concepts
  • Creation and application of procedure models
  • Examination of the efficiency and effectiveness of processes
  • Derivation of process optimisation measures
  • Training courses
  • Acting as representatives of improvement projects towards the management board

Which hard skills and soft skills should process engineers have?

Process engineers must be familiar with the structure and content of the company’s business system, especially with the related processes, and must know how to use it. Moreover, they should have a good knowledge of the common project management systems and methods and of standards such as ISO 900x, CMMI or SPICE. Experience with applied statistics, stochastics and rationalisation is essential as well. As process engineers may also have managerial responsibility, they should be experienced in working as coaches in operational projects and be able to teach specific process details.
Good abstraction abilities, an analytical way of thinking and the ability to motivate others are soft skills process engineers should possess.

  • Good English skills
  • Experience with production processes and quality assurance
  • A targeted, independent way of working
  • Team spirit
  • A confident appearance

What is the average salary of process engineers?

Process engineers have an average gross annual salary of approximately EUR 53,900. While the starting salary is about EUR 45,000 per year, a senior engineer may earn up to EUR 130,000 annually.

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As a process engineer, you play an important role in improvement projects of companies from different industries. You develop concepts for the improvement of technical processes and closely cooperate with your company’s development department.
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  • Permanent employment
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