My Main Tasks
- Executing Test protocols for equipment such as packaging machines
- Verifying installation of new equipment and machines
- Testing new products and processes to ensure they meet design specifications- Force testing, leak testing, visual inspection
- Skills required: Understanding automated equipment, ability to develop test protocols, Fault finding skills.
A large amount of paperwork is completed during validation and testing of new equipment. The compiling of paperwork takes a lot of time. However, it is necessary to ensure tests and verifications are adequate and the patients safety is assured.
Who Influenced Me
There are lots of jobs in the Life science sector, especially in Validation. These jobs often involve new and exciting projects, so I have always felt motivated.
Yes, the company I work for places a lot of value on a work-life balance. My manager supports and understands our workload which makes any challenges minor.
Most Useful Aspects of my Education
Learning skills that are transferrable have provided me with greater opportunities. As a Validation Engineer, you can work in many different types of companies with life sciences – Medical devices, pharmaceuticals and so on.
Useful Work Experience
Any engineering work experience would be of benefit. I worked as a factory operative during the summer months when in College. Office experience in a multinational company (e.g. Quality Department) would also be helpful.
If interested in Engineering, start learning some skills now, buy a book or learn a skill (Programming, Engineering Drawing/CAD, or a home electronics project). I started with “The New Science of Strong Materials or Why You Don't Fall through the Floor by J.E Gordan.