You should love your dental equipment engineer.. here's why..

Copied by chris Rickwood | Saturday, 01 April 2017

Dental equipment engineers are qualified, skilled and trained professionals offering dedicated services in dental practices and surgeries. They offer comprehensive dental equipment installation, maintenance and repair service thereby limiting costly downtime that may result from equipment failure and are indeed the hidden professionals in the dental industry.

Dental engineers are taught to service drilling units/carts, suction/aspiration devices, scalers, floor utility service units, polymerization units, amalgam separators, amalgamators, dental air compressors, dental lighting equipment, dental hand pieces and dental ancillary equipment including x-rays.

To qualify for the position of a dental engineer you need to acquire electrical, mechanical, and pneumatics knowledge that is needed to install, maintain, modify, repair and troubleshoot dental equipment.

Typically, a dental engineer designs, assembles, mends and alters the dental equipment used to treat patients. Dental engineers play a significant role in ensuring the safe setting up and maintenance of complex dental equipment.

This is one profession where work experience is of prime importance. It is the dental engineer who ensures that the equipment used by a dentist in his practice is in excellent working condition.

Installation and Commissioning of Dental Equipment

Dental engineers have an important role to play in installing and commissioning new dental equipment in dental practices. They identify the systems or equipment that is most appropriate for the intended use on the basis of criteria such as specifications, user requirements or technical needs.

Their engineering skill enables them to calculate the space and power requirements for installing the dental equipment. The purchased units are installed strictly adhering to manufacturer’s specifications.

Dental engineers also diagnose malfunctions in existing as well as newly purchased dental equipment in a dental facility. They utilize special test and analysis instruments to repair the dental equipment. This aspect of their job involves disassembling the faulty equipment and removing, repairing or replacing defective parts. 

While testing or calibrating equipment or components as part of their job, dental engineers do it in accordance with manufacturers’ manuals and troubleshooting strategies. They utilize power tools, hand tools or measuring devices for this purpose. They are also responsible for maintaining records of maintenance, repair and the required updates of the equipment they handle.

To keep abreast with the latest advancements in technology, dental engineers study technical manuals and attend training sessions provided by the equipment manufacturers to gain expertise in various brands of dental equipment. They also instruct personnel regarding the correct operation and maintenance of the equipment used in dental practices. They supervise and provide the necessary advice to their subordinate staff.

Part of their responsibility also lies in researching repair part lists or catalogues to identify sources for repair parts, requesting for parts from available sources and recording the receipt of those components. In addition, they offer preventive maintenance or service such as lubricating and cleaning equipment.

Providing Value-added Services in a Dental Practice

Dental engineers offer invaluable service in a dental practice. They service autoclaves, compressors, dental waterlines, dental chairs, suction pumps, hand pieces, scalers, and dental imaging equipment. They can even install a complete surgery to your individual specifications.

Dental engineers serving a particular dental establishment constantly monitor and check the dental equipment to evaluate their condition, serviceability, and disposition in line with applicable regulations (if you let them!).  They ensure that the equipment is used properly so that the patients and staff are protected from mechanical or electrical hazards. Part of their role is to also PAT (Portable Appliance Testing) test the dental equipment to regulatory standards.

Covering an area from Portsmouth to Margate and up to Central London, Presidental offers breakdown and recovery and servicing of most brands of Dental equipment, critical xray testing, installations and refurbishments and freely offer advice and support for your equipment.  0845 257 0401