Training to be a Dental Engineer can seem daunting, but if it’s the right career for you it is very rewarding; you’ll be fixing large pieces of equipment that are crucial to the successful running of a dental practice. You will need to get to know how parts work, where they go, what they do and how you can fix them as quickly and efficiently as possible whilst doing the job to a very high standard of professionalism.
Dentists’ livelihoods depend on dental engineers being able to fix issues to get them back on their feet as soon as possible, so the ability to work well under pressure is also essential.
What Experience do you need to become a Dental Engineer?
Previous experience in dental engineering is preferable but not a necessity if you have a good attitude to learning and can join a company that can train you, such as Anglian Dental! We have vast experience in dental equipment refurbishments, new dental practice fit-out projects, and run in-house dental engineering training courses in addition to supervised on-the-job learning.
Our specialised Dentist Engineering Training Academy teaches dental engineers all they need to know, from the basics through to detailed information on some of the most popular, and sometimes highly valuable, dental equipment on the market.
Other experience that could accelerate your dental engineering career:
- Engineering experience in a different industry
- Work experience in an engineering capacity from university, school/college or a workplace.
What Qualifications do you Need?
- Diploma or university degree in engineering, or a related subject.
- Experience in micro-electronics
- General practical skills and enthusiasm for fixing things!
- A-C GCSE in English and Mathematics.
- If you do not have these qualifications, we recommend talking to the company you wish to work with and asking if your experience is enough for you to do the role/learn on the job.
What Personal Skills do you Need?
- Strong interpersonal skills including customer service, communication and teamwork.
- The ability to work well under pressure and in busy/potentially noisy environments.
- Good communication & Organisation skills; Dental engineering companies like Anglian work in some of the foremost London dental practices (and further afield to Gloucestershire and Suffolk). Working around the needs of busy dentists, good communication and tidy working practices are essential to maintaining our client’s trust.
- Problem-solving skills. You may need to think on your feet for jobs that aren’t as simple as they first seemed.
- Attention to detail. You will be working on a range of important electrical, mechanical, pneumatics and x-ray dental equipment.
- Full UK Driving Licence (to get to your jobs!). Whilst Anglian Dental have a team of local dental engineers in towns and cities from Suffolk to Gloucester and Kent to Hertfordshire, the need to respond quickly to urgent call-outs can result in short-notice drives.
- Fluent in technical English, both written and spoken.
- Ability to use basic computer programs like word, outlook, and excel.
How Can We Help Further Your Career?
Working with us you will undertake intense training from knowledgable staff in our Anglian Dental Engineering Training Academy.
Our expert team of engineers will take you through each item of dental equipment in detail, both in classroom-style and in-the-field learning environments. You will shadow one of our experienced engineers while you learn and then, once both you and our accessor are happy that you’re ready, you’ll start to go out on jobs by yourself!
There are several speciality fields within dental engineering that you can choose to take, and specialise in with the needed further training. These could be 3D imaging, installation, servicing, project management or software programming for example.