Magazine article Techniques

Process Technician

Magazine article Techniques

Process Technician

Article excerpt

PROCESS TECHNICIANS ASSIST IN PLANNING, ANALYZING AND CONTROLLING THE PRODUCTION OF PRODUCTS FROM THE RAW MATERIALS THROUGH THE PRODUCTION AND DISTRIBUTION TO CUSTOMERS in a variety of process industries, according to the Center for Advancement of Process Technology (CAPT). They must be able to work as a team member assisting chemical engineers, chemists and other professionals. Their duties include controlling, monitoring and troubleshooting equipment, and analyzing, evaluating and communicating data.

The Workplace

Process technicians may work in a laboratory, or they may be called upon to work in all types of weather and challenging environmental conditions, and their schedules often include shift work.

Educational Requirements

The U.S. Department of Labor notes that most science technicians are required to have an associate degree or a certificate in applied science or science-related technology. There are a number of two-year community and technical colleges that have associate degree or certificate programs in process technology.

Earnings

The annual starting pay rate for process technicians with an associate degree is about $50,000, according to the College of the Mainland, a Texas two-year school that is preparing future employees in the field. …

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