Profession medical device assembler

Medical device assemblers manufacture instruments, machines and appliances that can be used to prevent, diagnose or treat medical conditions. Medical devices can be non-electrical, such as tubes, needles, drainage sets and sterile pipettes, as well as electrical, such as pacemakers, MRI machines, and X-ray devices. Some may also work in the production of medical furniture such as hospital beds and operation tables.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional

Knowledge

  • Medical devices

    Equipment and devices used in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of medical issues. Medical devices cover a wide range of products, ranging from syringes and protheses to MRI machinery and hearing aids.

  • Medical devices materials

    The different materials used to create medical devices such as polymer materials, thermoplastic and thermosetting materials, metal alloys and leather. In the choice of materials, attention must be paid to medical regulations, cost, and biocompatibility.

  • Quality standards

    The national and international requirements, specifications and guidelines to ensure that products, services and processes are of good quality and fit for purpose.

  • Sterilization techniques

    The methods and techniques used to destroy or remove microorganisms such as viruses and bacteria that can contaminate medical instruments or any type of material in a health care setting.

Skills

  • Use technical equipment for sterilisation

    Work with technical equipment and machinery such as steam sterilisers to clean and disinfect equipment and devices.

  • Test medical devices

    Make sure the medical devices fit the patient and test and evaluate them to ensure they work as intended. Make adjustments to ensure proper fit, function and comfort.

  • Clean components during assembly

    Clean components before fixing them to other compounds or units of components during the assembly process.

  • Read assembly drawings

    Read and interpret drawings listing all the parts and subassemblies of a certain product. The drawing identifies the different components and materials and provides instructions on how to assemble a product.

  • Maintain medical devices

    Ensure all medical devices and appliances are properly stored and taken care of so they maintain their functionality and appearance.

  • Remove defective products

    Remove defective materials from the production line.

  • Assemble final product

    Install and mechanically adjust all components and subsystems, according to factory regulations and legal standards.

  • Ensure conformity to specifications

    Ensure that the assembled products are conform to the specifications given.

  • Repackage medical equipment after sterilisation

    Re-assemble and package the newly sterilized medical equipment and devices, sealing and labelling them properly for further use.

  • Monitor automated machines

    Continuously check up on the automated machine's set-up and execution or make regular control rounds. If necessary, record and interpret data on the operating conditions of installations and equipment in order to identify abnormalities.

  • Follow clinical guidelines

    Follow agreed protocols and guidelines in support of healthcare practice which are provided by healthcare institutions, professional associations, or authorities and also scientific organisations.

  • Align components

    Align and lay out components in order to put them together correctly according to blueprints and technical plans.

  • Fasten components

    Fasten components together according to blueprints and technical plans in order to create subassemblies or finished products.

  • Supply machine

    Ensure the machine is fed the necessary and adequate materials and control the placement or automatic feed and retrieval of work pieces in the machines or machine tools on the production line.

  • Report defective manufacturing materials

    Maintain required company records and forms in order to report any defective materials or questionable conditions of manufacturing machinery and equipment.

  • Meet deadlines

    Ensure operative processes are finished at a previously agreed-upon time.

  • Manufacture medical devices

    Put together medical devices according to company specifications and national and international regulations. Use specialised materials, tools, and machinery to assemble the medical devices. Apply molding, welding, or bonding techniques according to the type of medical device. Retain a high level of cleanliness throughout the manufacturing process.

  • Manipulate medical devices materials

    Manipulate materials used in the manufacturing of medical devices such as metal alloys, stainless steel, composites or polymer glass.

  • Wear cleanroom suit

    Wear garments appropriate for environments that require a high level of cleanliness to control the level of contamination.

Optional knowledge and skills

medical furniture electromechanics apply soldering techniques blow moulding maintain plastic machinery use moulding techniques ensure continuous preparedness for audits replace defect components optical engineering fill moulds maintain moulds manipulate stainless steel maintain medical laboratory equipment repair medical devices biomedical engineering thermoplastic materials clean moulds electrical engineering operate plastic machinery operate machines for the rubber extrusion process use precision tools circuit diagrams construct moulds biomedical techniques adjust manufacturing equipment operate precision machinery repair plastic machinery plastic welding resolve equipment malfunctions finish plastic products advise customers on usage of medical products types of plastic

Common job titles

  • Assembly technician
  • Medical device assembler
  • Manufacturing assembler
  • Clean room assembler
  • Medical assembler
  • Opto-electronic assembler