Process control technicians work with automated process control systems and their essential components and assist in the design, creation, testing, and implementation of process control panels. They are also tasked with maintaining existing control systems and making upgrades when necessary, and they typically work closely with management, technicians, electricians, and production personnel.
Process control technicians may troubleshoot industrial electrical equipment and provide solutions for faulty equipment, and should be able to operate and maintain online analyzer systems using calibration tools. They also provide documentation of workflow and must be able to meet production and shutdown schedules as outlined by a production planning team.
A high school diploma or equivalent is often a minimum requirement for this position, and some employers may require an associate's or bachelor's degree in electronics technology or a certification in electronic or control system technologies. Four to five years of industrial hands-on experience in maintenance of production machinery in a manufacturing setting may also be required, and experience with and knowledge of PLC electronics is highly beneficial. Communication skills are also helpful when working in team settings.
Process control technicians typically work in manufacturing environments, such as warehouses, and a variety of shifts may be available in this position. There may also be some physical lifting depending on the job and working conditions.
Process Control Technician Tasks
Assist operations and industrial engineers to troubleshoot industrial layout or manufacturing issues.
Measure time, methods, and motion involved in worker performance and recommend more efficient processes.
Evaluate, review, and make recommendations to improve production systems.