Biomechanical engineers examine various health issues and help design and implementi mechanical constructs that help solve these problems. They work in hospitals, manufacturing facilities, research facilities of universities, businesses, and government agencies. They often work as part of a team and this position is typically full time.
Biomechanical engineers provide many degrees of technical and mechanical support for biomedical equipment, as well assess its safety and efficiency. For example, they might work on designing a better heart or knee joint, or they might try to design a better phoropter, which an eye doctor uses to determine prescriptions. As the equipment experts, they're frequently responsible for training personnel on its proper use. They work with other scientists within the medical and life sciences disciplines to learn more about how to better measure bodily functions in order to design better and more helpful assisting machines. They might also design electrical circuits, software, or procedures.
The job requires a bachelor's degree in biomechanical engineering, though any engineering bachelor's degree (along with either a graduate degree in biomechanical engineering or on-the job training) may also be accepted.
Biomechanical engineers need to be good at math, data analysis, problem solving, and communication. They must be able to correctly gather and synthesize data, as well as to present research findings and strategies clearly and concisely.
Biomedical Engineer Tasks
- Installs, adjusts, and maintains biomedical equipment.
- Test and evaluates the safety and efficiency of biomedical equipment.
- Designs and develops biomedical equipment and technology.
- Writes reports, documents, and manuals for biomedical products.