Applies knowledge of engineering, biology, chemistry, computer science, and biomechanical principles to the design, development, and evaluation of biological, agricultural, and health systems and products, such as artificial organs, prostheses, instrumentation, medical information systems, and health management and care delivery systems.
This career is part of the Health Science cluster Biotechnology Research and Development pathway.
A person in this career:
- Conducts research, along with life scientists, chemists, and medical scientists, on the engineering aspects of the biological systems of humans and animals.
- Adapts or designs computer hardware or software for medical science uses.
- Evaluates the safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of biomedical equipment.
- Develops models or computer simulations of human biobehavioral systems to obtain data for measuring or controlling life processes.
- Researches new materials to be used for products, such as implanted artificial organs.
- Writes documents describing protocols, policies, standards for use, maintenance, and repair of medical equipment.
- Conducts training or in-services to educate clinicians and other personnel on proper use of equipment.
- Analyzes new medical procedures to forecast likely outcomes.
- Advises hospital administrators on the planning, acquisition, and use of medical equipment.