A complex Linear Accelerator-based Oncology System - a challenge to learn & to teach!
Technical Trainer (Former Employee) – Sunnyvale, CA – April 16, 2013
The technology used to guide a 2800 pound robot to point a high energy, beam at the tumor with +/- 1 mm pointing accuracy was amazing and I never grew tired of teaching Service Engineers how the CyberKnife worked and what they would need to know to maintain, troubleshoot and repair it.
My colleague and I had to teach ourselves (and learn from Subject Matter Experts) how the system computers, Targeting System components and Safety Systems worked, so that we could make the information clear and easy for the students to understand.
We expanded a light, two week class into an in-depth three week class (later I added a one week Install Class) that was more than 50% labs and troubleshooting. The FSE's would learn everything from how to drive the KUKA robot, to X-ray camera calibrations and checking Modulator waveforms on an oscilloscope.
It was always interesting and fun for students and trainers alike!