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Process Control Engineer

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Designs, operates and maintains process control systems in manufacturing companies. Works to ensure that production, quality assurance and safety requirements are met in manufacturing operations. Operates and maintains process control equipment and provides preventative maintenance. May create or maintain automation processes for a company.

Job Outlook

There were 327 Process Control Engineer job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 5567 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Chemical / Process Engineer industry, which includes the Process Control Engineer career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2004:

Salary

Many new Process Control Engineer jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $85,397.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $83,632.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Process Control Engineer postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $76,460.

Education and Experience

Posted Process Control Engineer jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree0%
Bachelor's Degree74%
Master's Degree25%
Doctoral Degree1%
Other0%

Posted Process Control Engineer jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years23%
3 to 5 years54%
6 to 8 years12%
9+ years12%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Process Control Engineer positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Communication Skills (42%)
  • Problem Solving (39%)
  • Troubleshooting (33%)
  • Teamwork / Collaboration (28%)
  • Microsoft Excel (20%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Process Engineering (71%)
  • Process Improvement (56%)
  • Process Control (31%)
  • Six Sigma (29%)
  • Quality Assurance and Control (27%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Data Analysis (14%)
  • Root Cause Analysis (13%)
  • Mechanical Engineering (12%)
  • Quality Management (12%)
  • Budgeting (12%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Six Sigma Black Belt (7%)
  • Kaizen (7%)
  • Six Sigma Green Belt (6%)
  • Design of experiments (DOE) (6%)
  • Process Safety (5%)

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is listed along with the marginal value: the average salary difference between postings that request that skill and those that do not.

  • Process Safety (5%) – marginal value $2,139

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Process Control Engineer skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Process Engineer
  • Senior Process Engineer
  • Process Improvement Engineer
  • Process Engineer II

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Process Control Engineer jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • USAA (81)
  • Wells Fargo (64)
  • Corning Incorporated (60)
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc (60)
  • Koch Industries, Incorporated (55)

North Carolina

  • Cree, Inc. (11)
  • Wells Fargo (11)
  • Corning Incorporated (8)
  • Pfizer (8)
  • Mohawk Industries (7)

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