In the field of biomedical services, engineers work with imaging equipment such as MRI machines.
Service engineers are required to install and maintain machinery in service, regardless of its location. The blending of complex machinery with computerized operations required these technicians to specialize, becoming experts in one type of machine. When the equipment is too large to be easily moved for the engineer, he must go to it. Field service engineer jobs can exist in almost any field, but are especially common in the banking, manufacturing, and medical industries.
Certification in the maintenance of certain types of equipment may be required to become a field service engineer.
In the banking industry, field service engineer jobs can include the maintenance and installation of ATMs. Often, banks outsource this work to the original manufacturer or dealer of these machines. As most of these organizations work with specialized equipment, they often offer their own training. As a result, an associate’s degree in a related field is preferable, but not necessarily required for employment. Exposing each engineer to large sums of money, however, requires extensive criminal background checks to ensure the reliability of the workers.
Service engineers may be tasked with routinely checking and providing maintenance for equipment in a manufacturing facility.
Biomedical Field Service Engineer Jobs are specialized positions that primarily deal with medical diagnostic equipment. The complexity of certain equipment, such as positron emission tomography (PET) scanners and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machines, may require specialization. Often, however, smaller machines such as ultrasound and X-ray equipment can be serviced by generally trained field technicians. Again, such an engineer is rarely employed by an individual health facility; he or she usually works for the agency that rents or sells the equipment.
Field service engineers must understand the importance of accurately calibrating manufacturing equipment.
Medical centers may require an on-site technician to ensure proper functioning of certain essential biomedical equipment. Field service engineer jobs of this type often work with life support systems such as ventilators and neonatal incubation units. Knowledge of laboratory testing devices and patient monitoring equipment is often necessary. In general, an engineer with this capability is hired directly by a hospital, but independent contractor opportunities exist in this area.
In some cases, field service engineer jobs are teaching positions. These individuals are usually hired by equipment manufacturers to educate consumers about the maintenance and repair of their products. Assignments for these types of engineers often require classroom settings and hands-on instruction at the purchasing organization’s location.
Educational requirements for field engineers vary widely, but most positions require a two-year degree in electronics or a closely related field. Additional certifications in the repair and maintenance of specific machines or experience with certain equipment may also be required. These jobs, by definition, require frequent travel.