Definition and Nature of Work
Biomedical engineers work with a combination of biology, medicine and engineering. They are trained to analyze and design solutions that will improve patient care. They are the professionals behind sophisticated medical equipment like MRIs and microscopic surgical machines.
Biomedical engineers are also responsible for research and development of medical innovations like artificial organs and prosthesis.
Biomedical engineers install, maintain and repair or provide technical support for medical machines and equipment. They make sure that they are always running at peak efficiency and won’t compromise patients’ lives.
They generally work with medical scientists, life scientists and chemists. They take part in research to develop and implement biomedical equipment. Biomedical engineers also ensure that personnel in charge of the machine know how to use and care for it.
A Day in the Life of Biomedical Engineers
Biomedical engineers can work in many different industries. They may work in hospitals, research laboratories and even manufacturing facilities. They also work in commercial offices if they are asked to deliver customer support service and make business decisions.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), 23 percent of these professionals worked in medical equipment and supply manufacturing as of 2010. About 19 percent worked in scientific research services, 14 percent were employed in medicine and pharmaceutical manufacturing and 11 percent had jobs at colleges and universities. Around 7 percent worked in general medical hospitals according to the BLS.
Biomedical engineers work with the health team, patients and other professionals in the medical and engineering fields. Most of them work full time at 40 hours per week. However, they may work longer hours in order to accommodate patients’, co-workers’ and clients’ needs.