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.
There were 323 Process Control Engineer job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 7375 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 2012:
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.
The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $86,419.
The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $84,991.
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 $77,319.
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.
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 Experience||Percentage|
|0 to 2 years||28%|
|3 to 5 years||49%|
|6 to 8 years||13%|
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.
A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.
- Communication Skills (39%)
- Problem Solving (39%)
- Troubleshooting (32%)
- Teamwork / Collaboration (27%)
- Microsoft Excel (18%)
A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.
- Process Engineering (69%)
- Process Improvement (52%)
- Process Control (38%)
- Six Sigma (33%)
- Project Management (31%)
A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.
- Data Analysis (19%)
- Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) (13%)
- Root Cause Analysis (11%)
- Budgeting (11%)
- Mechanical Engineering (11%)
A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.
- Process Equipment (7%)
- Six Sigma Green Belt (7%)
- Process Safety (5%)
- Design of experiments (DOE) (5%)
- Product Improvement (4%)
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 $2,365
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
- Analytics And Process Control Application Engineer III, Senior E
- Senior Process Engineer
- Process Improvement Engineer
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.
- Process Engineer
- Process Development Engineer
- Chemical Process Engineer
- Machining Process Engineer
- Food Processing Engineer
- Automotive Process Engineer
- Chemical Engineer
- Molding Process Engineer
- Manufacturing Process Engineer
Here are the employers that have posted the most Process Control Engineer jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.
- Applied Materials (472)
- USAA (165)
- Corning Incorporated (78)
- Koch Industries, Incorporated (74)
- Wells Fargo (71)
- Fujifilm (15)
- USAA (13)
- Wells Fargo (12)
- Applied Materials (10)
- Cree, Inc. (9)