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Helping you find a career as a Biomedical engineer

A biomedical engineer needs to be a confident communicator as they need to liaise with clients, technicians and manufacturers. A typical day for a biomedical engineer will be:

  • Training clinical staff

  • Testing and maintaining the medical equipment

  • Keeping up to date with new developments in the field

  • Responding to technical queries from hospitals and health centres

  • Offering advice on new equipment

  • Attending conferences and exhibitions

  • Presenting research findings to audiences

  • Arranging clinical trials of medical products

  • Approaching companies to sell medical products

  • Working closely with medical professionals and clients

  • Conducting interviews

  • Liaising with technicians and manufacturers

What skills and interests should an Biomedical engineer have?
To be a successful biomedical engineer, you will need to be/have:

  • Excellent technical knowledge

  • Ability to work effectively

  • Ability to budget

  • Comfortable with introducing equipment into hospitals

  • Interest in medicine and engineering

  • Commercial awareness (you will be expected to present the medical equipment to companies)

  • Spatial awareness

- Ability to Work Under Pressure
- Attention to detail
- Communication
- Problem Solving
- Teamwork
What hours does a Biomedical engineer typically do?
Biomedical engineers tend to work between 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. Safety and maintenance work on hospital equipment can be performed outside of those hours.
What environment is a Biomedical engineer based in?
Clinic, laboratory or an engineering workshop.
How much does a Biomedical engineer travel?
Travel is expected to conferences and meetings. You will also need to travel to hospitals and health centres in order to access, maintain and carry out checks on the medical equipment.
How much does a Biomedical engineer get paid?
A medical engineer technician earns between £21,909 to £28,462.

Biomedical engineers working in the private sector can range from £21,000 to £45,000 per annum.
What qualifications does a Biomedical engineer need?
An applicant is expected to have achieved a minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree in a science or engineering subject. If they want to work in the NHS, they must apply for further training under the Scientist Training Programme. This is the 3 years on-the-job NHS graduate entry programme.

If you are not looking to apply to the NHS training scheme, then working in a private sector job and working your way up to an engineer position is doable, although opportunities will be limited in number.

Alternatively, applicants without a degree can apply for the Practitioner Training Programme, this is a three year healthcare degree complete with NHS work placements. However, entry with a Higher National Diploma is not possible. It is possible to work as a trainee biomedical technologist with A-Levels in Life Sciences, but further education is required to become a Biomedical Engineer.
Useful subjects to study at school & university

  • Biomedical Science

  • Engineering

  • Physics

  • Mechanical Engineering


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