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You should possibly consider studying environmental science or environmental engineering in third level.

You would also need to consider if you would like do quite a bit of driving during your day and to be able to oragnise your own work plans as both these things are important.

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Sterilisation Engineer

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Works as part of a team of engineers in the manufacturing process of medical equipment.


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A Sterilisation Engineer is responsible for the development of sterilisation cycles and sterilisation assurance for new products in the medical field. The work of a Steilisation Engineer involves guiding processes related to sterilisation and making recommendations to increase efficiency. 

Sterilisation Engineers develop and implement sterilisation adoption studies and comparative resistance studies for new products. 

Work includes developing new sterilisation cycles as required along with the assistance in the isolation and identification of any unusual contaminants. 

Sterilisation Engineers can work on project teams providing sterilization expertise to help build internal knowledge and aid in the business decision making of a company.  

The work is laboratory based and employment opportunites can be found with most pharmaceutical or medical devices companies. 


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  • Good practical and technical skills
  • Accuracy and attention to detail
  • An awareness of health and safety issues
  • An enquiring and analytical mind
  • The ability to meet deadlines
  • A methodical approach to your work
  • Strong problem-solving skills
  • Good maths and IT skills
  • Good communication skills
  • The ability to work alone and in a team


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MedTech & Biochemical Engineering
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