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Clinical Engineer Careers

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Work Environment:

Clinical engineers use their technical knowledge to develop and design the equipment utilized in patient aftercare and medical treatments. These can include rehabilitation techniques, and medical instruments.

As a clinical engineer, your job would include:

  • Performing quality assurance inspections to ensure that equipment is functioning safely and properly
  • Creating hearing implants, and artificial joints and heart valves by newer materials to reduce chance of refusal by patient's body
  • Routine management of medical-equipment, like monitoring systems, scanners and imaging machines

  • Testing equipment, like speech synthesizers, walking aids and wheelchairs, recognized as assistive technologies
  • Developing equipment which let doctors to employ newer medical methods, e.g. optical-instruments for image guided surgery and keyhole surgery
  • Creating artificial-limbs, e.g. ones which utilize microelectronic-sensors that join to patient's tissue providing them better control
You'd work intimately with patients, medical professionals and technical staff.

Qualification, Education and Experience:

To become a clinical engineer, you'd necessitate a degree acknowledged by the IMechE (Institute of Mechanical Engineers), or the IET (Institute of Engineering and Technology). Related subjects comprise:

  • A science subject, like physics
  • Mechanical-engineering
  • Electrical engineering
  • Biomedical engineering or science
  • Electronic engineering
After gaining your qualification, you can search for job within private sector, e.g. by a medical equipment producer, or obtain state-registration training to work within the NHS.

You'd apply for a seat in the NHS supported Training Program for Clinical Engineers and Medical Physicists, to get state registration. In this program, you'd get training in a hospital division acknowledged by IPEM (Institution of Physics and Engineering in Medicine) for 2 years, and study for an MSc in Clinical Engineering or Biomedical Engineering, acknowledged by IPEM. After that, you'd apply to HPC (Health-Professions Council) for state-registration.

See the websites of IPEM and NHS, for further information about training and career.

Training Details:

You'd take a vocational training route with grades A, B and C. Initially, you'd begin with Grade A course, which generally takes about 2 years to accomplish. You'd then take the IPEM Diploma, which comprises a MSc qualification. This Diploma can assist you to achieve status of chartered engineer.

Grade-B is aimed at clinical engineers. In this, you'd start to specialize into a specific field of expertise. It'd usually take about four years to accomplish.

Grade-C is a higher grade and it's generally given if you're an engineer having departmental duty.

Visit the website of IPEM, for further information about graded training routes.

Skills and knowledge:

  • A readiness to stay updated with medical, engineering and scientific research
  • Understanding of patients' requirements
  • Budgeting abilities
  • Outstanding communication abilities for coping with persons at every level
  • Capability to prioritize work-loads and plan efficiently
  • An interest in resolving clinical issues utilizing engineering techniques
  • Capability to work as member of a group
  • Outstanding technical understanding

Salary and Other Benefits:

  • Salaries for clinical engineers in private sector can be around $22,000 to $41,000 for a year.
  • Remunerations within the NHS can boost to about $42,000.s
  • A department head having chartered-status within NHS can get around $50,000 to $62,000.

Working Conditions:

Generally, you'd work from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., on weekdays. If you work in a hospital, you might have extra standby or on call duties. You may also work on part time basis.

Your working time would be divided between an engineering workshop and clinic, if you work within a hospital. Within industry/research, you'd be working within a laboratory.

Different Opportunities:

You can discover work chances with hospitals, medical equipment producers, universities, and research organizations such as Medical Research Council.

You can advance to senior managerial positions, managing your team of technicians and engineers, if you gain chartered-engineer status. Ultimately, you can work on a consultancy basis and become self employed.


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