Senior process engineers evaluate a process’ efficiency, effectiveness, quality, and safety. They then identify any areas that need to be improved or changed, with the ultimate goal being to make a process efficient and less costly.
Senior process engineers can be employed at a business or work as independent contractors. Either way, they typically focus on one project at a time to avoid confusion or conflicts that result from multiple concurrent projects.
Senior process engineers examine many different areas of a process, which could include chemical interactions, system performance, and equipment design. Often, they are alerted by other staff to a production or manufacturing process that requires attention. They observe and analyze the process and report their findings. These may include anything from an upheaval of an entire process to changing one minor area. They may recommend certain additions to the process or identify certain areas that should be replaced or completely omitted. During analysis, senior process engineers must document their work for internal records. They also prepare reports, with charts and diagrams, to demonstrate to management how processes can be altered and expected results from those changes.
Senior process engineers typically have a bachelor’s degree in engineering or a related technical field. They must have many years of experience in the manufacturing and production fields before becoming a process engineer, and they must have several more years of experience to be promoted to senior process engineer.
Senior Process Engineer Tasks
- Manage and coordinate transition from product development to final production.
- Pilot, prototype, and scale-up prototypes to test for manufacturing and quality issues.
- Analyze product specifications to develop process and design alternatives.
- Research and recommend technologies and materials.