Process Technology changes raw material by heating, refining, distilling, and/or adding chemicals in order to make a final product or products. Process technicians monitor and control the mechanical, physical and chemical those changes. Aspirin, shoes, sunglasses, candles, cosmetics, DVDs, electricity, footballs, fuel, paper, plywood, tires and toothpaste are some of the many commodities manufactured by process technicians.
Process technicians are skilled plant operators who work for oil and gas production/refining, power generation, water, waste management, food manufacturing and many more. The process technicians who run these plants work with state-of-the-art computer control systems, taking samples and monitoring the equipment.