Electrical Engineer (P. Finlon)

Updated February 28, 2017 | Infoplease Staff

Paul Finlon

Tell us about your work---what do you do? I work in the Nuclear Medical Division of a large company that manufactures Nuclear Medical equipment (whole body scans). The finished product is used through out the world at medical institutions. What skills are needed? You have to know CAE design / Printed Circuit Layout , and be familiar with electrical circuits and components What was your major? Electrical Engineer / Computer Science How did you get started in your career? I got a job right out of school and have been employed at the same company for 20 years. I started as a PCB repair technician and worked my way up to my current position. What experience do you need in this job? You have to have an electronics background and computer applications experience. Also necessary is knowledge of UNIX Operating Systems . Describe your "typical" workday: I work with Design Engineers on Nuclear Medical Equipment. I am also responsible for the Computer-Aided Engineering CAD systems and design libraries. What is the hardest aspect of your job? I guess making sure that the design of printed circuit board is correct. Any mistakes will cost the company money and time to redesign the board. The smallest mistakes, such as a wrong component package (anything from resistor to ICs), will delay the outcome of your design team's goal. What is the most rewarding aspect of your job? I would say knowing that finished product is used for the diagnoses and prevention of patient's illnesses. What are your suggestions for someone considering this field? You have to understand the basic and elementary concepts that you will use through out your career very well in order to succeed.