What does a Process Engineer do?

Process engineers are responsible for providing the chemical or biochemical processes and equipment that ultimately extract materials from their raw states and transform them into a beneficial or saleable end product. They are also responsible for the design, implementation, control, and optimization of the product’s industrial processing phase, and they usher the product along from start to finish.

Process engineers often function as the point persons for or during the continuous processes commonly found in the chemical, petrochemical, agricultural, and mineral processing sectors. They also work in this capacity with advanced materials found within the food, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology industries. They create set specifications for the raw materials, and develop, implement, and monitor the equipment in use and the process of the materials and the manufacturing systems. They can also work in sales or design, and they sometimes work for the optimization of the sales and software processes. Process engineers need a bachelor’s degree in chemical, manufacturing, or industrial engineering. For senior positions, employers will require advanced or master’s degrees in the same subjects.

EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.5 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.6 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Process Engineer Salaries

Average Base Pay

$3,785 /month
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $4K
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Process Engineer Career Path

Learn how to become a Process Engineer, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

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Read what Process Engineer professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Boston ScientificBoston Scientific
Process Development Engineer
16 Sep 2021

“Networking and seeking different career opportunities within the company was highly encouraged to find the best fit for you.”

Micron TechnologyMicron Technology
Process Engineer
20 May 2020

“If you want to find a job instantly with a good and high pay then Micron definitely delivers.”

Process Engineer
14 Jan 2021

“Onboarding is horrible because there is such little documentation or retention of information it's crazy.”

Intel CorporationIntel Corporation
Process Engineer
4 May 2021

“Provide a good career path grow for the employee with various training program and carrier guidance.”

Process Developer Operations
30 Nov 2020

“In this organisation i feel my job is secure and i got the career opportunities and best comfirt level and relaiblity on my managers.”

UnitedHealth GroupUnitedHealth Group
Process Engineer
13 Jan 2021

“Lots of resources for learning and career growth that an individual can take advantage of.”

Wells FargoWells Fargo
Process Engineer
13 Jan 2021

“Best pay I have received my whole career (I have been employed for 5+ years”

Vanguard EMSVanguard EMS
Process Engineer
18 Sep 2019

“for the most part its all good people trying to do the best job they can for the company”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a process engineer

When working as a process engineer, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Lean Six Sigma, Process Simulation, Written Communication, AutoCAD and Algorithms.

The most similar professions to process engineer are:
  • Engineer
  • Project Engineer
  • Test Engineer
  • Product Engineer

The most common qualifications to become a process engineer is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.