Process engineers spend much of their day in an office or laboratory environment. Sometimes they may work in or travel to industrial plants or refineries to monitor operations and solve problems. Due to the involvement of hazardous chemicals, the work can be dangerous, but process engineers should know how to safely handle them. Safety protocols are also regularly enforced.
Process engineers usually work full time but they may have extended hours on occasion in order to meet project requirements. Most process engineers work 40-hours weeks during regular business hours.
They typically are involved in the planning, management, coordination, and control of the manufacturing process in the course of their day.