Biomedical Engineers: What would you say an average week is like?
I'm curious about the field and was wondering what the average work week looks like.
Well, I would have to start with.....
Everyday is a new day, and depending on you state, geographical location in the state and area and dictate what you do in the hospital and how much you do.
Manufactures have field engineers and can have you working on specific equipment, (ie. just a few types) , other Hospitals can request you only work on safety of medical devices.
I am called a General Biomed, and I am a first responder for and medical devices, a doctor, nurse or patient may come into use or contact.
I am currently an Assistant Chief, but my daily duties were to repair, calibrate, and troubleshoot all medical equipment in the hospital daily.
A simple answer is:
If a piece of equipment is broken, a work order is placed and Biomed dept is notified, I would respond and verify the problem, troubleshoot the error, correct if possible, or order the parts for repair, then record all corrective actions in a central data base for medical equipment (called CMMS). Then move on the the next work order. When we are not responding to repairs, we have Preventive Inspections which are required by the city, county, state and federal authorities.
I hope this has help give an idea.