Not All Guts and Glory

When I hear the word hospital, professions that come to my mind are always doctors, nurses, and surgeons. Never did the word engineer come to mind, until today that is.

One profession is not more important than the other, because without each other a hospital could not function. Although a facility engineer is the least medically related career in a hospital, they are as equally important as a doctor or nurse.

In short, a facilities engineer maintains and evaluate the condition of all machinery in the hospital. They also respond to calls to fix things around the hospital such as broken locks, lost TV channels, leaking pipes, etc. During my time with the engineers I was taken around the hospital in all the back rooms to see all of the machines they have to maintain. I was able to see air conditioners, heaters, steamers, boilers, chillers, generators, and more.

There are weekly, monthly, and yearly check ups on most, if not all, equipment. All machines are controlled by a computer in a central office and can even be controlled from home. Even the machines at the other Centegra hospitals can be seen and controlled from here.

On the computer there is a queue of certain problems or check ups that the engineers on duty must complete. For example, if there is a message that a patient in a room wants the room to be cooler they can manually change the temperature of the room from the computer. All of the people that work in facilities engineering come from different specialty backgrounds, so if there is a problem that one engineer does not know how to fix, they know for sure at least one engineer is specialized in that specific area.

Without facility engineers hospital could not possibly stand. Their jobs are so much more important than they seem, and that is what made this rotation a real eye opener.

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