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Oswego Career Ladders - Engineering

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Two Years of Education or an Associates Degree

Biological/Biomedical Technicians - Assist biological and medical scientists in laboratories by setting up, operating, and maintaining laboratory instruments and equipment, monitoring experiments, making observations and calculating and recording results. Average salary $35,700/yr, with job opportunities expected to increase 19% over next ten years.

Hospital Maintenance Engineer - Stationary engineers and boiler operators operate and maintain heating, air-conditioning, refrigeration and ventilation systems that help keep large facilities comfortable all year long. They ensure that the equipment operates safely, economically, and within established limits by monitoring meters, gauges, and computerized controls. Stationary engineers typically use computers to operate the mechanical, electrical, and fire safety systems of new buildings and plants. Engineers monitor, adjust, and diagnose these systems from a central location, using a computer linked into the buildings’ communications network. Routine maintenance, such as lubricating moving parts, replacing filters, is a regular part of the work of stationary engineers and boiler operators. Stationary engineers are responsible for the maintenance and balancing of air systems, as well as hydronic systems that heat or cool buildings. They also may check the air quality of the ventilation system and make adjustments to keep the operation of the boiler within mandated guidelines. In a large building a stationary engineer may be in charge of all mechanical systems in the building. Engineers may supervise the work of assistant stationary engineers, turbine operators, boiler tenders, and air-conditioning and refrigeration operators and mechanics. Average salary $35,000/yr.

Bachelors Degree or Higher

Biomedical Engineers - By combining biology and medicine with engineering, biomedical engineers develop devices and procedures that solve medical and health-related problems. Many do research, along with life scientists, chemists, and medical scientists, to develop and evaluate systems and products for use in the fields of biology and health, such as artificial organs, prostheses (artificial devices that replace missing body parts), instrumentation, medical information systems, and health management and care delivery systems. Biomedical engineers design devices used in various medical procedures, such as the computers used to analyze blood or the laser systems used in corrective eye surgery. They develop artificial organs, imaging systems such as magnetic resonance, ultrasound, and x-ray, and devices for automating insulin injections or controlling body functions. Most engineers in this specialty require a sound background in one of the basic engineering specialties, such as mechanical or electronics engineering, in addition to specialized biomedical training. Some specialties within biomedical engineering include biomaterials, biomechanics, medical imaging, rehabilitation engineering, and orthopedic engineering. Average salary $73,000/yr.

* All wages and salaries based on 2009 statistics.