Biomedical Engineers

Overview 

Biomedical Engineers work with doctors and medical scientists, researching and designing ways to improve health care and medical services. They may use microcomputers, lasers, and other materials to develop and improve medical research equipment that is used to diagnose health problems. They may be involved in the development of medical products and different types of equipment used to monitor and treat patients and in designing and improving equipment for disabled people.

A biomedical engineer working in a hospital, for example, may be responsible for the safe and effective operation of equipment such as monitoring, diagnostic, and therapeutic medical equipment ranging from catheters, CAT scanners, pacemakers and kidney machines. They may be involved in designing artificial joints and limbs and assisting the surgical team in fitting these to the patient. Biomedical Engineers design and deliver technology to improve the quality of life of people with disabilities. For example, they may develop equipment to assist people who may have difficulty walking, communicating or carrying out simple daily tasks.

Tasks

Install, adjust, and maintain biomedical equipment.

Test and evaluate the safety and efficiency of biomedical equipment.

Design and develop biomedical equipment and technology.

Write reports, documents, and manuals for biomedical products.

Expertise

Bachelor’s degree or higher qualification in the related subject.

At least five years of relevant experience may substitute for formal qualification. In some instances, relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualifications.