A biomedical engineer tests the performance of a prototype prosthetic arm with robotics

Biomedical Engineer

Biomedical Engineers apply knowledge and methodology of physics, engineering, mathematics, computing, physical chemistry and materials science to problems in biology and the treatment and prevention of human disease.

Overview

Biomedical Engineers apply knowledge and methodology of physics, engineering, mathematics, computing, physical chemistry and materials science to problems in biology and the treatment and prevention of human disease.

Day-to-day

  • makes surgical equipment and tools for medical practitioners
  • installs and tests medical equipment
  • examines, maintains and repairs equipment
  • carries out quality assurance checks on equipment
  • conducts electrical safety checks on equipment
  • trains other staff in the use of equipment and gives technical advice and assistance
  • may give lectures on electrical safety and the application of clinical equipment
  • may work with other staff to design and develop implants for use during operations such as artificial joints or titanium plates to replace sections of bone in head injuries.

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To become a Biomedical Engineer

  • You need a bachelor degree in engineering majoring in biomedical engineering to work as a Biomedical Engineer. It is also common to complete postgraduate studies.

    Find a Bachelor of Engineering (Biomedical)

  • Registration may be required in some states and territories. In addition, Engineers Australia has a non-compulsory National Engineering Register.

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