What does a Biomedical Engineer do?

Biomedical engineers combine medicine and engineering to help create products, including equipment and devices or computer systems and software, that are used daily by doctors and patients in the medical field. They frequently work in the research and development or quality assurance positions at their companies.

Biomedical engineers design products, including electrical circuit software or computer simulations, to conduct processes including the testing of new drugs or therapies. They also design and build artificial limbs and body parts, including hip or knee joints, replacement body part materials. In addition, they are heavily involved in the design of rehabilitative exercise equipment. Biomedical engineers turn to various technical sources for the design and creation of biomedical technology, including artificial internal organs. They maintain and repair biomedical machines and provide necessary tech support and maintenance. They also train clinicians and other personnel on the safe and efficient use of biomedical products, equipment, and machines. Biomedical engineers need a minimum bachelor's degree in biomedical engineering or related fields.

What responsibilities are common for Biomedical Engineer jobs?
  • Repair, install, and calibrate complex medical imaging equipment and systems.
  • Ensure compliance with all safety rules codes practices and policies.
  • Coordinate/schedule service (self, vendor and, when appropriate, other technicians) via management of customer expectations.
  • Maintain communication with customers regarding the status of equipment repairs.
  • Build and maintain customer relationships. Discuss equipment status and functionality with clinicians.
  • Responsible for ensuring service and documentation is complete, timely, and accurate.
  • Verify the completion of security analysis for new customer equipment.
  • Adhere to regulatory agency compliances and applicable policies and procedures.
  • Interface with customers, sponsors, and visitors to promotes, execute and generate continued work for the facility.
  • Ensure regulatory compliance, assists in inventory management, and may serve as an advisor to other personnel on technical matters concerning specialty equipment.
  • Maintain clinical engineering expertise through ongoing training and education.
  • Provide a positive representation of company services by integrating the core values into job performance.
  • Lead special projects as assigned and contribute to the development of others through mentoring and sharing expertise.
  • Implement new maintenance programs as appropriate and monitors effectiveness.
  • Educate patients on proper use and care of equipment.
  • Monitor the work of outside contractors/vendors engaged in equipment repair.
  • Conceive, design, prototype, test, and analyze concepts to demonstrate technical feasibility.
  • Supervise the daily activities and schedules of the Biomed department staff.
  • Evaluate and/or supervise the evaluation of new equipment, accessories and supplies.
  • Create and maintain documentation in accordance with all ISO policies and procedures.
  • Prepare presentations and reports in support of R&D activities.
What are the typical qualifications for Biomedical Engineer jobs?
  • Bachelor's or Graduate's Degree in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, computer science or engineering, or equivalent experience.
  • Experience with GIS, MES, PLC, SQL, UNIX, and Cloud software and systems.
  • Strict attention to detail and problem solving skills.
  • Fluent in processes such as DNA extraction, crystal reports, control testing, and calibration.
  • Experience with systems verification.
  • Can collaborate with teams and clients.
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.6 ★
Total Pay--
Career Opportunity
3.7 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

How much does a Biomedical Engineer make?

Confident
$84,681 /yr
Total Pay
$73,654
 /yr

Base Pay

+
$11,027
 /yr

Additional Pay

$84,681

 / yr
$50K$144K
Most Likely Range
Possible Range
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Biomedical Engineer Career Path

Learn how to become a Biomedical Engineer, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

Biomedical Engineer
$84,681/yr
Senior Biomedical Engineer
$102,765/yr
Biomedical Engineer

Years of Experience Distribution

0 - 1
22%
2 - 4
27%
5 - 7
5%
8+
46%
Not including years spent in education and/or training

Biomedical Engineer Insights

Read what Biomedical Engineer professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Stockholms Läns LandstingetStockholms Läns Landstinget
Biomedical Scientist
May 17, 2021

“Low salary but increased $200 supplement pay if you work in a 24hrs laboratory setting.”

Lawrence Livermore National LaboratoryLawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Nde Specialist-engineer
Jan 27, 2021

“Everyone has been great to work with so far and I look forward to learning more.”

ProximieProximie
Biomedical Engineering Intern
Aug 26, 2021

“My Proximie mentors and leaders were incredible individuals who have left a great impression on me and allowed me to explore my career endeavors.”

TeleperformanceTeleperformance
T&D Specialist
Sep 15, 2022

“Best place to work and very well”

ProximieProximie
Biomedical Engineering Intern
Aug 26, 2021

“We grew together as a family which held an immense role in my career and professional progression.”

Ajman University of Science and TechnologyAjman University of Science and Technology
Biomedical Engineer
May 31, 2021

“Good good good good good”

National HealthCare CorporationNational HealthCare Corporation
Medical Engineer
May 14, 2021

“Good good good good good”

Ministry of Health Kingdom of Saudi ArabiaMinistry of Health Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Biomedical Engineer
Mar 4, 2021

“stable comfortable good easy money”

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Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of a Biomedical Engineer

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The most common qualifications to become a Biomedical Engineer include a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 years of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.

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