A biomedical engineering manager is a specialized product development or design manager that leads a team or a laboratory design group for medical equipment or instruments. These teams typically design, develop and/or iterate improvements on equipment, which can range from simple mechanical processes to complex computer diagnostics and integration. The biomedical engineering manager typically helps set goals, ensures progress is made and establishes clinical testing parameters. Typically, this manager is the final person to sign off on these medical devices before they are sent to regulatory agencies for approval prior to manufacture.
In most cases, the biomedical engineering manager specializes in a specific area, normally determined by his or her employer. The manager heads a team that is involved in identifying equipment or engineering needs, which often works directly with healthcare professionals to assess the viability of various prototypes and approaches to the identified problem. The manager also normally participates in limited laboratory testing and quality assurance or quality control. Throughout this progress, the biomedical engineering manager performs project management tasks such as establishing deadlines, setting up needed clinical testing, collecting and analyzing clinical testing data and helping create a report to be included with any regulatory testing that may be required.
Typically, biomedical engineering managers have post-baccalaureate degrees; some may be medical school graduates. Previous experience is generally needed as well.
Biomedical Engineering Manager Tasks
Lead research on the engineering aspects of human and animal biological systems.
Design, develop, and implement diagnostic and medical instrumentation and procedures.
Manage a team of biomedical engineers.