Process technicians (trade requiring apprenticeship) plan the employment of tools and equipment on manufacturing machines and production lines. They operate the production systems and monitor the work processes. They are involved in the production planning and control as well as in the in-plant logistics and warehouse system. Furthermore, they monitor the product quality and ensure the regular performance of maintenance and service work on tools, machines and systems. Process technicians work in workshops of industrial companies, together with their workmates as well as with various other skilled and non-skilled workers.
Process technicians are responsible for production planning and assembly planning (in case of the purchase of new machinery) as well as for tasks within the framework of in-plant warehousing and logistics. They plan work steps, the employment of work equipment and processes and calculate the input of resources and equipment required for the production (e.g. raw materials and supplies, as well as tools, machinery and auxiliary means). They supervise the work processes of manufacturing machines and program computer-controlled production lines as well as control and regulation systems. The assurance of the manufactured products’ quality represents an essential part of the process technicians’ work. For this purpose, they take samples, examine them with the help of corresponding measuring devices or transfer them to laboratory facilities for testing.
In addition, also the maintenance and repair of machines and production lines and/or the organization and the monitoring of service and maintenance work form part of the scope of tasks to be performed by process technicians. They keep operation logs and write protocols on work processes, work results as well as on malfunctions or other technical disturbances.
Process technicians monitor, repair and maintain manufacturing machines and production lines such as, e.g. transportation and conveyor belts or filling systems. They program computer-controlled control and regulation systems and work with different sorts of measuring devices (for the purpose of quality controls). In addition, they keep operation logs, lists, protocols, records and journals.
Process technicians work in workshops and production halls of industrial enterprises, forming teams with workmates and various other skilled and unskilled workers.