Inside Process Engineer Careers

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Biggest Surprises

"I was surprised, and delighted, to find that Process Engineering is like playing in a huge and very expensive lab all day, and many nights, and weekends." (Semiconductor Process Engineer; 2013)

Career: 30 years of experience, currently based in Texas, female
School: Studied Biology at Southern Methodist University in Texas; completed Bachelor degree in 1978

Best & Worst Things About This Career

Process Engineer: "I enjoy analyzing the data and getting to the root cause. This is the part of my job I enjoy most because I am taking data and turning it into a chart that gives management a summary. I also like working with the leads to help me better understand the data and what it all means. The worst part of my job is that I get nervous every month when I have to stand up and present my work in front management." (2011)

Principal Process Engineer: "The very best part of my job is knowing that my efforts help to save lives and improve the quality of patient care for many people around the world. But it is also exciting to regularly face new technical challenges that draw upon my education, experience and interests. Engineering is problem solving. And solving tough problems is very rewarding, especially when it helps others. The worst part of the job is probably carrying out the excruciating level to which everything in the medical device industry must be documented. While understandably important for ensuring patient safety and mitigating potential corporate liability, it is tedious and does at times seem to slow progress." (2010)

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Career Tips

"Use Internships To Guide Your Studies...
Find a company that you are interested in and try to intern there to get a feel for the job. That way you can figure out what you like to do and what you don't like and use that knowledge to focus your college courses on the career path you want. I thought I wanted to be a paralegal so I got my AS in paralegal studies. Then I interviewed at several lawyers offices and realized that environment wasn't for me." (Process Engineer; 2011)

"Integrity And Discipline...
Maintain integrity and discipline in everything you do. It will pay off again and again for you, both personally and professionally. This is especially important when working with medical devices, where safety is critical. Get hands-on experience while you are a student wherever possible. Pursue co-op and intern opportunities if they are available. This will help you gain traction and enter the job market, especially in the medical field. Develop good time management skills. You'll be busy and will need them. Learn to communicate and work effectively under pressure and with all types of personalities. They're everywhere. Enjoy every chance to listen and learn. Never lose sight of the bigger picture. Being on top of your game could help drive a breakthrough in patient treatment." (Principal Process Engineer; 2010)