Process technicians must be highly skilled and dedicated workers. Their employers often entrust them with batches of product worth millions of dollars. They are responsible for the production of each batch and for helping to ensure its quality by taking samples for testing. If they identify problems, they help resolve them. Qualified process technicians are integral to the success of many biotechnology employers.
It can take several years to train someone on all phases of a complex manufacturing process, so employers are highly motivated to retain their experienced process technicians with competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and opportunities for advancement. If you like technical work and get satisfaction from making things, you would probably make a good process technician.
Other job titles include: Bioprocess Manufacturing Technical, Manufacturing Associate, Aseptic Manufacturing Technician
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- Work to plan, analyze and control the quality and speed of manufacturing processes.
- Stay informed on current or relevant industry processes and equipment operations safety.
- Continuously monitor all operations and processes to prevent and correct equipment malfunctions.
- Monitor equipment and take action in the event of problems.
- Responsible for process technology equipment operation and safety.
On a typical workday, workers will often use their hands to handle, control or feel objects, tools, or controls. They spend a fair amount of their days standing and making repetitive motions. People in this occupation work indoors with climate control. The speed of equipment often determines the work pace. Accuracy is essential. Being able to work well in a group or team is also very important in this work. Many of these workers work full time.
Realistic. Often involves work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. Usually include working with actual materials – many times in an outdoor setting. Investigative— Frequently requires working with ideas and involves an extensive amount of thinking. May involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.