What does a Biomedical Engineer do?
Apply knowledge of engineering, biology, and biomechanical principles to the design, development, and evaluation of biological and health systems and products, such as artificial organs, prostheses, instrumentation, medical information systems, and health management and care delivery systems.
- Evaluate the safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of biomedical equipment.
- Advise hospital administrators on the planning, acquisition, and use of medical equipment.
- Advise and assist in the application of instrumentation in clinical environments.
- Research new materials to be used for products, such as implanted artificial organs.
- Develop models or computer simulations of human biobehavioral systems to obtain data for measuring or controlling life processes.
- Design and develop medical diagnostic and clinical instrumentation, equipment, and procedures, using the principles of engineering and biobehavioral sciences.
- Conduct research, along with life scientists, chemists, and medical scientists, on the engineering aspects of the biological systems of humans and animals.
- Teach biomedical engineering or disseminate knowledge about the field through writing or consulting.
- Design and deliver technology to assist people with disabilities.
- Diagnose and interpret bioelectric data, using signal processing techniques.
- Adapt or design computer hardware or software for medical science uses.
- Analyze new medical procedures to forecast likely outcomes.
- Develop new applications for energy sources, such as using nuclear power for biomedical implants.
- Install, adjust, maintain, repair, or provide technical support for biomedical equipment.
- Keep documentation of service histories on all biomedical equipment.
- Conduct training or in-services to educate clinicians and other personnel on proper use of equipment.
- Write documents describing protocols, policies, standards for use, maintenance, and repair of medical equipment.
- Manage teams of engineers by creating schedules, tracking inventory, creating and using budgets, and overseeing contract obligations and deadlines.
- Conduct preventative maintenance on equipment.