Profession medical device engineering technician

Medical device engineering technicians collaborate with medical device engineers in the design, development and production of medical-technical systems, installations, and equipment such as pacemakers, MRI machines, and X-ray devices. They build, install, inspect, modify, repair, calibrate, and maintain medical-technical equipment and support systems. Medical device engineering technicians  are responsible for the operational readiness, safe use, economic operation and the appropriate procurement of medical equipment and facilities in hospitals.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Investigative

Knowledge

  • Medical device regulations

    The set of national and international regulations with regards to the manufacture, safety, and distribution of medical devices.

  • Pneumatics

    The application of pressurised gas to produce mechanical motion.

  • Mechanics

    Theoretical and practical applications of the science studying the action of displacements and forces on physical bodies to the development of machinery and mechanical devices.

  • Medical device test procedures

    The methods of testing the quality, accuracy, and performance of medical devices and their materials and components before, during, and after the building of the systems.

  • 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.

  • Electrical wiring plans

    Pictorial representation of an electrical circuit. It shows the components of the circuit as simplified shapes, and the power and signal connections between the devices. It gives information about the relative position and arrangement of devices and terminals on the devices, to help in building or servicing the device. A wiring diagram is often used to troubleshoot problems and to make sure that all the connections have been made and that everything is present.

  • Electricity

    Understand the principles of electricity and electrical power circuits, as well as the associated risks.

  • Design drawings

    Understand design drawings detailing the design of products, tools, and engineering systems.

  • Biomedical engineering

    The biomedical engineering processes used to create medical devices, prostheses and in treatments.

  • 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.

Skills

  • Maintain medical devices

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

  • Perform maintenance on installed equipment

    Perform the maintenance on installed equipment on-site. Follow procedures to avoid uninstalling equipment from machinery or vehicles.

  • 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.

  • Resolve equipment malfunctions

    Identify, report and repair equipment damage and malfunctions; communicate with field representatives and manufacturers to obtain repair and replacement components.

  • Install electrical and electronic equipment

    Install equipment which is dependent on electric currents or electromagnetic fields in order to work, or equipment to generate, transfer or measure such currents and fields. This equipment includes switchboards, electric motors, generators or direct current systems.

  • 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.

  • Fasten components

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

  • Use measurement instruments

    Use different measurement instruments depending on the property to be measured. Utilise various instruments to measure length, area, volume, speed, energy, force, and others.

  • Install pneumatic systems

    Install systems and components that use pneumatics to create mechanical movements such as air brakes, pneumatic cylinders, air compressors and other systems.

  • Wear cleanroom suit

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

  • Align components

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

  • Liaise with engineers

    Collaborate with engineers to ensure common understanding and discuss product design, development and improvement.

  • Read engineering drawings

    Read the technical drawings of a product made by the engineer in order to suggest improvements, make models of the product or operate it.

  • Adjust engineering designs

    Adjust designs of products or parts of products so that they meet requirements.

  • Prepare production prototypes

    Prepare early models or prototypes in order to test concepts and replicability possibilities. Create prototypes to assess for pre-production tests.

  • Use testing equipment

    Use equipment to test performance and operation of machinery.

  • Record test data

    Record data which has been identified specifically during preceding tests in order to verify that outputs of the test produce specific results or to review the reaction of the subject under exceptional or unusual input.

  • Assist scientific research

    Assist engineers or scientists with conducting experiments, performing analysis, developing new products or processes, constructing theory, and quality control.

  • Operate scientific measuring equipment

    Operate devices, machinery, and equipment designed for scientific measurement. Scientific equipment consists of specialised measuring instruments refined to facilitate the acquisition of data.

  • Conduct routine machinery checks

    Check machinery and equipment to ensure reliable performance during use and operations in worksites.

  • Repair medical devices

    Repair or modify medical appliances and supportive devices according to the specifications.

Optional knowledge and skills

order supplies biotechnology cad software manipulate medical devices materials write technical reports radiation physics in healthcare negotiate sales contracts operate precision machinery perform ict troubleshooting provide technical documentation use a computer cae software perform risk analysis human anatomy hydraulics assemble machines advise on safety improvements electrical engineering write records for repairs provide customer information related to repairs firmware use cam software mechatronics use precision tools apply soldering techniques keep records of work progress inform about the legal aspects of the medical device presented manage inspections of equipment quality standards biomedical techniques write inspection reports mechanical engineering electronics apply technical communication skills medical imaging technology operate welding equipment estimate restoration costs prepare compliance documents program firmware operate soldering equipment biomedical science monitor machine operations diagnostic radiology finish medical devices integrate new products in manufacturing advise on medical device features solder electronics