Gather and analyze information about production processes.
What does a Process Technician do?
To be safe and effective, a manufacturing plant must be regimented. Machines must be kept in good working condition, safety forms must be filled out, spills must be cleaned up, and quotas must be met. A Process Technician has two essential jobs in this environment: to enforce the regimented steps, and to document that they’re done properly.
A Process Technician position requires you to hold two opposing thoughts in your head at one time: doing things quickly and cost-effectively, and doing things thoroughly and safely. This can cause some Jekyll and Hyde moments for a Process Technician throughout their work day.
You spend much of your day gathering information. You determine just how much your company is producing in a shift, then you take that information to a Process Engineer for analysis.
You also run tests on the machines your company uses to make sure they’re working properly. You keep a log of when the machines are turned on and off, and why they’re turned off. When equipment breaks, you may jump in and repair them yourself so the plant can stay on schedule.
The safety of the plant is another big responsibility of the job. You train production staff about the hazards in your workplace, and teach them how to clean up spills. You also provide reports on all hazardous chemicals in your workplace to anyone who requests them. When state or federal regulators come to perform inspections, you give them a tour of the facility, and provide reports on what your company has done to meet safety standards.