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Production & Process Engineer

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Education
Most of these occupations require qualifications at NFQ Levels 7 or 8 (Ordinary / Honours Degrees) but some do not.

Related Experience
A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, you may need to complete three - four years of college and work for several years in the career area to be considered qualified.

Job Training
Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.

Job Zone Examples
Many of these occupations involve coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, computer programmers, chemists, environmental engineers, criminal investigators, and financial analysts.

€29k > 65
Pharmaceutics Process Engineer
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€29 - 65
Related Information:
Process Development Chemist (PhD): 35 - 55
Process Engineer: 29 - 65
Data Source(s):
Brightwater / CPL / Hudson / Payscale.com

Last Updated: March, 2017

Process Engineer
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€29 - 65
Related Information:
Data Source(s):
Brightwater / CPL / Hudson / Payscale.com

Last Updated: March, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
Shortage Indicator

The National Skills Bulletin 2017 stated that "The demand for engineers, typically for roles in pharmaceutical and medical devices manufacturing, relates largely to those with significant experience (at least five years) in industry specific settings.

Shortages include Engineers with experience in process and design (including R&D) quality control/quality assurance (including standards, compliance and regulatory affairs, mostly EHS3 compliance) technicians: quality assurance/control, process (e.g. injection moulding/polymer engineering), extrusion and maintenance."

4%
Occupational Category

Production, Process, Design & Development Engineers

Also included in this category:

Production engineers; chemical engineers; industrial engineers; process engineers; design engineers; development engineers.

Number Employed:

4,500

Part time workers: 0%
Aged over 55: 9%
Male / Female: 80 / 20%
Non-Nationals: 6%
With Third Level: 86%
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At a Glance... header image

Develop economical industrial processes that make the huge range of products on which modern society depends, e.g: food and drink; fuel; artificial fibres; pharmaceuticals; chemicals; electronics, plastics; and clean water.


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Clodagh Moore
Process Engineering Lecturer
Clodagh shares her love of engineering, and her love of teaching engineering: “the less I speak, the more they learn”. She explains how engineering opens up a wide world of creative opportunity for her students at Limerick Institute of Technology.
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Phelim Reilly
Process Engineer / Toolmaker

Phelim began his career as a toolmaker apprentice and progressed on to working as a Process Engineer with Belurgen Precision Engineering Ltd. Phelim gives an overview of the different apprenticeship phases and the importance of learning from working with others who have already gone through the process. 

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Kerrie Horan
Engineer - Process
Kerrie works as a Process Engineer for Intel in their Leixlip manufacturing facility. She choose to study Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at Trinity College, a course she highly recommends. After three and a half years working as a Mechanical Engineer, she took up her current position as Process Engineer.
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Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Develop safety procedures to be employed by workers operating equipment or working in close proximity to on-going chemical reactions.

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Troubleshoot problems with chemical manufacturing processes.

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Evaluate chemical equipment and processes to identify ways to optimize performance or to ensure compliance with safety and environmental regulations.

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Conduct research to develop new and improved chemical manufacturing processes.

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Determine most effective arrangement of operations such as mixing, crushing, heat transfer, distillation, and drying.

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Perform tests and monitor performance of processes throughout stages of production to determine degree of control over variables such as temperature, density, specific gravity, and pressure.

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Design and plan layout of equipment.

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Prepare estimate of production costs and production progress reports for management.

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Design measurement and control systems for chemical plants based on data collected in laboratory experiments and in pilot plant operations.

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Develop processes to separate components of liquids or gases or generate electrical currents using controlled chemical processes.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge: Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems: Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Processing Information: Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.

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Thinking Creatively: Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.

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Analyzing Data or Information: Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work: Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Getting Information: Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

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Provide Consultation and Advice to Others: Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates: Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events: Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Engineering and Technology: Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.

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Chemistry: Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.

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Mathematics: Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

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Physics: Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.

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Production and Processing: Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.


Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Science: Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

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Mathematics: Using mathematics to solve problems.

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Operations Analysis: Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.

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Judgment and Decision Making: Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Active Learning: Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

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Systems Evaluation: Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.

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Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Systems Analysis: Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

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Organisation: Engineers Ireland
Address: 22 Clyde Road, Ballsbridge Dublin 4
Tel: (01) 665 1300
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This occupation is popular with people who have the following Career Interests...


...and for people who like working in the following Career Sectors:

Biological, Chemical & Pharmaceutical Science
Biomedical Technologies & Medtech
Engineering & Manufacturing

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