An advanced process control (APC) engineer is the person who is responsible for making the industrial production process run seamlessly and efficiently. This position can be found in a variety of manufacturing sectors and will generally work in an office. An APC engineer usually keeps weekday, daytime hours, though this can vary depending on the organization. An APC engineer should minimally attain a bachelor’s degree in a field such as chemical engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, or industrial engineering. Many organizations prefer persons with advanced degrees in their field.
APC engineering is a specialized focus in engineering that is most commonly found within chemical engineering. This position specializes in designing and improving the manufacturing process. Some typical responsibilities include designing processes and equipment to turn raw materials into a product, utilizing mechanical equipment, utilizing computerized equipment, utilizing robots, evaluating a manufacturing process, changing orders in the manufacturing process, moving equipment, calibrating equipment, modifying various software functions, optimizing the industrial process for increased profitability, ensuring that all specifications are met, ensuring that all governmental regulations are met, studying the input and output throughout the engineering process, looking for ways to improve the manufacturing process, using modeling software, and testing each change to the manufacturing process.
This person should be highly analytical in nature and should be considered an expert within their field. Highly developed and demonstrated problem-solving skills are required, as well as a high attention to detail.
Advanced Process Control (APC) Engineer Tasks
Oversee APC equipment and the automation procedure, providing regular maintenance and troubleshooting or resolving issues as they arise.
Monitor and report on economy, efficiency, and performance of the plant.
Develop improvements to enhance efficiency of processes, including adjusting software and physically arranging APC equipment.
Maintain and improve efficiency of industrial processes to maximize profitability.