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Kieran Magee
Someone who wants to be where I am today shall need bucket loads of ambition and not be afraid of hard work.  They will need to not be afraid of starting at the very bottom of that big high ladder but at the same time have the eagerness and determination to get to the top of that ladder because the opportunities are there.

Education is very important.  It may only seem like a silly piece of paper but it's that Cert, Diploma or Degree that gets you that job and not the man/woman beside you.

The one thing that is vital in not alone this job, but any job, and alot of people don't seem to have it, is common sense. It's something so simple but really important. if you have no cop-on then nobody wants to know you.
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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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