Processing automation engineers are generally involved in the design process for machinery which enables a task to be automated, such as in manufacturing. They may also develop the software which operates this machinery.
Prior to starting a project, process automation engineers conduct research to determine the best ways to begin. They should always stay up-to-date with new developments in the field to employ the best methods of automation, and the processes they create are often tested and calibrated several times before producing the ideal results. These engineers may work on several projects at once, so multitasking and organizational skills are highly beneficial, and high productivity and the ability to minimize costs are also expected.
Time-management skills are important so a process automation engineer's company can utilize the new processes as soon as possible. Some in this position work for consulting companies which have several clients, so customer service skills are also beneficial. Some bargaining and purchasing duties may be necessary, and collaboration is also a large part of the job. A bachelor’s degree in engineering, computer science, or a related field is generally required for this position.
Process Automation Engineer Tasks
Create and program automation processes to optimize goal setting, estimation, scheduling, option identification, etc.
Document processes and outcomes.
Collaborate with stakeholders to determine initial criteria as well as options for potential project shifts.
Identify scope and impact chain to develop implementation plans.