Profession surgical instrument maker

Surgical instrument makers create, repair and design surgical instruments, such as clamps, graspers, mechanical cutters, scopes, probes and other surgical instruments.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Investigative

Knowledge

  • Hot forging

    The metalworking process of forging whilst the hot metal is right above its recrystallisation temperature after casting and being solidified.

  • Surgical instruments

    Series of instruments, such as cutting tools, clamps, distractors and forceps, used for medical interventions aiming to repair ruptured tissues, treat injuries or diseases, and ameliorate bodily functions.

  • Metal smoothing technologies

    The various technologies used for the smoothening, polishing and buffing of fabricated metal workpieces.

  • Cold forging

    The metalworking process of forging whilst hot metal is right below its recrystallisation temperature, being cooled and solidified after casting.

Skills

  • Operate drilling equipment

    Operate a range of drilling equipment, pneumatic as well as electrical and mechanical. Tend drilling equipment, monitor and operate it, according to regulations. Safely and efficiently drill holes using the correct equipment, settings, and drill bits.

  • Assemble metal parts

    Align and arrange steel and metal parts in order to assemble complete products; use the appropriate hand tools and gauges.

  • Tend surface grinding machine

    Tend a metalworking machine designed to smoothen a metal surface by applying grinding, abrasive machine processes, monitor and operate it according to regulations.

  • Tend boring machine

    Tend a boring machine, monitor and operate it, according to regulations.

  • Operate precision measuring equipment

    Measure the size of a processed part when checking and marking it to check if it is up to standard by use of two and three dimensional precision measuring equipment such as a caliper, a micrometer, and a measuring gauge.

  • Tend lathe

    Tend a lathe designed for cutting manufacturing processes on metal, wooden, plastic materials and others, monitor and operate it, according to regulations.

  • Tend metal polishing machine

    Tend a metalworking machine designed to buff and polish metal surfaces, monitor and operate it according to regulations.

  • Apply precision metalworking techniques

    Comply with precision standards specific to an organisation or product in metalworking, involved in processes such as engraving, precise cutting, welding.

  • Heat metals

    Heat steel and metals in fire; adjust and regulate heat controls to reach appropriate pouring temperature.

  • Test accuracy of surgical instruments

    Test the accuracy of meters, gauges, indicators or other recording devices used in surgical equipment, and locate defective parts or non-conformity with specifications.

  • Tend metal sawing machine

    Tend sawing machine designed for metal cutting processes, monitor and operate it, according to regulations.

  • Tend tumbling machine

    Tend a machine designed to smoothen metal or stone surfaces by having the different pieces rub against each other inside a tumbling barrel, monitor and operate it according to regulations.

  • Manipulate stainless steel

    Manipulate the shape, size and properties of stainless steel.

  • Join metals

    Join together pieces of metal using soldering and welding materials.

Optional knowledge and skills

test medical devices maintain medical devices medical devices materials scale etchings use cad software ergonomics tend laser marking machine electroplating processes calibrate laboratory equipment manipulate medical devices materials repair medical devices operate sand blasting cabinet tend electroplating machine orthopaedic goods industry ensure conformity to specifications calibrate electronic instruments manufacture medical devices set up the controller of a machine