Process Engineer

Process Engineers are responsible for the design, construction, maintenance and improvement of large equipment and facilities which are used for processing and producing oil and gas at either onshore or offshore production installations. The primary focus is on safety, reliability, quality and sustainability. Of paramount importance is the responsibility to ensure that all activities comply with relevant company and industry technical and safety standards.

About this role

Typical duties

  • Undertakes regular site visits to production installations, either onshore or offshore
  • Carries out technical studies and recommends improvements which will increase productivity or enhance equipment performance
  • Undertakes front-end engineering design work for new processing plant and facilities
  • Takes part in risk assessments, study work and plans modifications to process plant or equipment
  • Provides technical support to on-site personnel
  • Reports any breaches of safety procedures to supervision / management
  • Actively participates in and promotes company health and safety campaigns, policies and procedures, and ensures personal safety and that of colleagues at all times

In the industry

Process Engineers support the process plant and equipment both onshore and offshore to ensure that it remains efficient and productive. Process Engineers can work for a range of companies including the Operators who own or manage production installations, major Engineering Contractors and Engineering Consultancies. Typically based in onshore offices, process Engineers will undertake regular visits to production installations.


  • Office
  • Outdoors
  • Offshore


  • University
  • College
  • Apprenticeships

What do I need?

Key Skills

  • Team working
  • Verbal communication
  • Written communication
  • Problem solving
  • Analysing
  • Planning
  • Organising
  • IT
  • Numerical
  • Creativity
  • Working to deadlines
  • Flexibility


Entry requirements:

  • Degree in Chemical Engineering or similar technical discipline
  • Basic offshore induction and emergency training (BOSIET)
  • Offshore Medical Certificate
  • OPITO Minimum Industry Safety Standards (MIST)

Employers might also look for:

  • Willing to become a Chartered Engineer (a professionally recognised qualification)
  • Relevant work experience through summer work, internship in a similar role gained during University/study
  • Good knowledge of offshore operations/ facilities
  • Good knowledge of offshore HSE/ regulations