What is a process engineer?

A process engineer develops economical industrial processes to make the huge range of products on which modern society depends including food and drink, fuel, artificial fibres, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, plastics, toiletries, energy and clean water. They may work in small, medium and large businesses.

The work is concerned with chemical and biochemical processes through which raw materials undergo change, and involves scaling up processes from the laboratory into the processing plant. Duties include designing equipment, understanding the reactions taking place, installing control systems, and starting, running and upgrading processes. Environmental protection and health and safety aspects are also significant concerns of the role.

Work is project-oriented and you may be working on a number of projects, all at various different stages, at any given time. Potential candidates will need to show evidence of communication and interpersonal skills, managerial and teamwork skills, problem-solving and analytical ability, accuracy and attention to detail. Freelance or consultancy work is an option, or alternatively you may take on corporate or technological responsibilities.

Some process engineers will move into more specialist technical roles, such as safety and risk management, while other opportunities may include commercial areas such as technical sales, marketing, supply chain management, personnel, finance and IT.

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Air Products

Air Products is a leading supplier of industrial gases, equipment and services

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AMEC is the leading UK provider of nuclear services. Our experience spans several decades in the UK, France, Canada and North America.

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Owen Mumford Ltd

Owen Mumford is a global leader in medical device design and manufacturing with a commitment to innovation and above all, meeting our customer needs.

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Royal Air Force

The Royal Air Force polices the skies, protecting the UK from threats at home while peacekeeping abroad. Our full and spare-time roles offer skills for life, and a chance to play a part in operations around the world - from providing humanitarian aid to preventing a civil war.

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SABIC is a truly global organisation with 33,000 people working in more than 40 countries. In many ways, we are already part of your life.

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Thales is a global electronics company serving Aerospace, Defence, Security and Services markets worldwide, with 60,000 people working in 50 countries across the globe.

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