Process Engineer

What does a process engineer do?

In process engineering, everything revolves around the transformation of materials according to the scientific laws of chemistry, physics and biochemistry. By combining and modifying various raw materials, consumables and supplies, new products are created or materials are produced for further processing. The systems required for this are also partly made by process engineers.

The wide-ranging duties and responsibilities of a process engineer include:

  • Optimisation and further development of existing processes
  • Calculation of product and process developments
  • Development of testing and measuring methods, as well as control and regulatory systems
  • Checking and planning the processes of procedures
  • Pipeline planning and pipeline construction
  • Plant planning and plant construction
  • Installation planning
  • P&I flow charts and isometrics
  • Process engineering design of machines, apparatus and pipelines
  • Planning and implementation support of measures based on HAZOP observations

What skills should a process engineer have?

Requirements often include a degree in chemical engineering, bioengineering, chemical engineering, industrial chemistry or process engineering. Sometimes further training to become a state-certified technician may be sufficient. Career changers should at least have a technical or scientific degree such as mechanical engineering, electrical engineering or biology.

Important requirements for a career as a process engineer include sound knowledge of chemical production processes, analytical and laboratory technology, as well as knowledge of planning and commissioning of industrial processing plants. You should have a broad basic knowledge of mathematics, biology and chemistry. Previous experience in development projects and project management is also desirable.

In addition to sound IT skills, a good command of English as well as communication and teamwork skills are key for successful collaboration within the project team. A results-oriented way of working and a high level of problem-solving skills are equally relevant as reliability and a sense of responsibility.

What tools do process engineers work with?

Process engineers work with the following tools, among others:

  • SAP
  • Caesar II
  • AutoCad
  • Lotus Notes
  • AvevaPDMS or E3D
  • SmartplantPID
  • NavisWorks

What job opportunities does ALTEN offer process engineers?

We are always looking for talented young professionals and experienced experts. Live out your passion as a process engineering specialist in exciting customer projects or manage innovative projects to success in the role of a manager. Go to our job board to find out more about current career opportunities:

What career prospects do process engineers have at ALTEN?

ALTEN works closely with the major chemical companies in Germany and offers process engineers jobs within the chemical industry. You will have the opportunity to work in a wide variety of divisions:

  • Inorganic raw materials and chemicals
  • Organic raw materials and chemicals
  • Fertilisers, plant treatment products and pesticides
  • Plastics and synthetic rubber
  • Pharmaceutical products
  • Other chemical products

We currently have vacancies in the following areas:

  • Process engineering
  • Process control engineering
  • Plant engineering
  • Piping design

Jobs for process engineers at ALTEN

You can find current vacancies on our job board. Simply apply online using our application form. For more information on the application process at ALTEN and how you can best prepare for an interview, go to our application guide.