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What is a Process Engineer?

The Process Engineer, also named Chemical Engineer, designs, operates, controls, and optimizes physical processes. He supervises biochemical and physical processes, develops new industrial processes, designs new process plants and equipment, and modifies existing ones. He also takes on a responsibility for the operation of machinery types, that transform raw materials into products. The primary responsibilities of the Process Engineers include developing new industrial processes and designing new process plants and equipment. They also constantly modify the existing ones. A range of products created by the Process Engineer can be wide: from food and drinks to oil and gas. Among the numerous tasks that the Process Engineer fulfills, the most important are the following: 

  • Supervising projects and overseeing the construction of new plants and their subsequent operation
  • Testing new processes
  • Collecting required information
  • Developing process simulation software
  • Troubleshooting problems with plants and processes
  • Purchasing new equipment and making sure it works
  • Working in tandem with other engineers involved in a project
  • Ensuring compliance with health and safety laws. 

What Skills Should the Process Engineer Possess? 

For the Process or Chemical Engineer, the most important skill is thorough, working knowledge of chemistry, as well as biochemical and physical processes. They also have to have a professional aptitude for chemistry. Good numeracy skills and analytical skills are a must, too. In addition, high technical and analytical skills, creativity, accuracy and organization are also important. Like other professionals, Process Engineers should work well under pressure. Having commercial awareness is also an advantage. Good problem-solving skills and sound decision-making skills are also required. Since many people are involved in the development of a project, Process Engineers should be able to work productively and amicably in teams, where everyone’s opinion matters. 

What Qualifications Are Required to Be Employed as the Process Engineers? 

You can become employed as a Process Engineer, if you have a relevant degree and, through a different route, if you do not. The required degree in this vocation is a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering, biochemical engineering, and mechanical engineering, or biotechnology engineering. If you want to advance in your career and become chartered, receive the CEng status with the Engineering Council, add to your bachelor’s degree an appropriate master’s degree in engineering or technology or a doctorate accredited by a professional engineering institution. High grades are preferable. 

If you do not hold bachelor’s or master’s degrees, you still can be employed as a Process Engineer. Look for employers who offer apprenticeship programs. Some employers allow their employees to gain experience in engineering by providing vocational work, industrial placements, and sponsorship. By gaining work experience as a Process Engineer, you will be able to perform your duties as professionally as qualified engineers do. 

Job opportunities

There is a high demand for this profession in the high-tech, engineering industries, and similar fields.
These are several examples of needed Process Engineers:

Agilent Technologies, Santa Clara, CA CF Industries, Woodward, OK
Veloxint, Framingham, MA Aurora Flight Sciences, Bridgeport, WV
Momentive Performance Materials, Strongsville, OH Bechtel, Waynesboro, GA

and many more.

How Can JobTestPrep Help? 

JobTestPrep specializes in helping job applicants become employed. To assist them with being hired as Process Engineers, we have created several simulations of the tests that they are likely to meet during their pre-employment assessment by the company of their choice. Collected together in our sophisticated PrepPack™, these tests include the Engineering Assessment, the Numerical Reasoning Test, the Verbal Reasoning Test, and the Abstract-Logical Test designed to hone candidates’ engineering skills and their knowledge of various engineering concepts and operational principles. Practicing with our materials will enable you to come to your pre-hire assessment equipped with knowledge and confidence. Only if you prepare with our resources will you be able to receive good results on your examination. 

Willing to extend its help also to other stages of your company’s recruitment process, JobTestPrep has also included in its PrepPack™ high-quality interview materials. With them, you will learn how to present your professional skills effectively and confidently during your face-to-face or phone interview with your potential managers. Arm yourself with our practice materials and receive an employment letter from your recruiters. 

Interview FAQ 

During the interview, questions such as the following are likely to come up: 

  • What are unit operations? What is unit process? State how you would like to differentiate between the two.
  • State the ways by which you would differentiate between mass balance and material balance.
  • What is pseudo pressure?
  • What are the basic functions of process engineering? 
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