Process control technicians are primarily responsible for ensuring the quality, accuracy, and efficiency of current processes and product outputs in an organization. This work is typically performed indoors or within a manufacturing or factory environment, and hours may vary and depend on the facility's hours. A high school diploma or equivalent is often a minimum requirement for this position, and applicants who have an associate’s degree may be preferred depending on the industry. Computer skills are also helpful, and the necessity of advanced computer skills also varies by industry.
Ideal process control technicians must be competent critical thinkers with excellent communication skills, and the role also requires an array of intellectual and mechanical skills. Process control technicians interact frequently with employees in supervisory, operator, junior technician, and management positions, and moderate lifting (40-60 lbs) should also be expected in this position.
Process control technicians may also be responsible for troubleshooting manufacturing problems or providing technical training to other employees. They may be asked to contribute to technical reports, either by writing or editing/reviewing other reports, and they must also develop and maintain record-keeping systems for production documents. Additional duties may include equipment calibration, developing safety training programs, and implementing improvements to existing processes. Direct client interactions are typically not expected, but not unheard of in this position, and process control technicians work in many industries, including food processing, parts manufacturing, and packaging.
Process Control Technician Tasks
Evaluate, review, and make recommendations to improve production systems.
Measure time, methods, and motion involved in worker performance and recommend more efficient processes.
Assist operations and industrial engineers to troubleshoot industrial layout or manufacturing issues.