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Bioengineering Technology


    
          Bioengineering Technology

What Do Bioengineering Technology Graduates Do? Do you dream of having a career that allows you to make a visible impact by inventing new healthcare technologies to help save lives?

Would you like to positively contribute to the medical field by improving surgical devices and procedures?

Are you interested in improving human health by providing engineered solutions to address challenging problems in biology and medicine?

Bioengineering Technology Graduates

  • Focus on biomedical equipment, working with a wide variety of devices that diagnose, treat, and/or assist patients.
  • Develop procedures that solve medical and health-related problems by applying their knowledge of engineering principles and practices.
  • Manage and support the manufacture and use of existing medical devices and technology in patient care.
  • Work on designs/applications and assist in installation planning, operation, or maintenance of biomedical equipment.
  • Design devices used in various medical procedures and imaging systems such as magnetic resonance, ultrasound, and x-ray.
  • Perform research with medical scientists to develop and analyze systems/products including artificial organs, prostheses, and instrumentation.

Specializations

  • Biomaterials
  • Biomechanics
  • Medical imaging
  • Rehabilitation engineering
  • Orthopedic engineering

Major Advances in Bioengineering Technology

  • Development of artificial joints: The successful replacement of injured hips has resulted in significant improvement in a patient’s mobility and overall quality of life.
  • Arthroscopy: This surgical procedure allows orthopedic surgeons to visualize, diagnose, and treat problems inside a joint.
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI): One of the most important medical inventions, MRI is a method of looking inside the body for medical diagnosis.
  • Heart pacemaker: This small, battery-powered device helps the heart beat in a regular rhythm, delivering just the right amount and duration of impulse.
  • Angioplasty: The most common medical intervention in the world, this procedure accounts for more than half of the treatments for coronary artery disease, restoring normal blood flow while minimizing damage to the heart muscle.
  • Kidney dialysis: This procedure artificially filters and removes waste products and excess water from blood, giving damaged kidneys a chance to recover normal function.

Areas of Employment

  • Hospitals and clinics
  • Pharmaceutical and medical equipment manufacturers
  • Government agencies
  • Independent consultants
  • Biological laboratories
  • Research facilities
  • Physicians/surgeons
  • Radiology equipment specialist
  • Clinical laboratory equipment specialist
  • Electro medical equipment technician
  • Traveling field service engineer

Career Guidance Suggestions for Pre-University Students

Coursework to Consider:
  • Pre-algebra
  • Geometry
  • Advanced algebra
  • Engineering fundamentals
  • Human biology
  • Chemistry
  • Calculus
  • Trigonometry
  • Physics
  • Robotics
  • Programming
  • Fluid and solid mechanics
  • Circuit design
  • Biomaterials
  • Physiology
  • Drafting
  • Mechanical drawing
Suggested Extracurricular Activities:
  • Competitions
  • Summer programs
  • Afterschool programs
  • Clubs
  • Internships
  • Online puzzles and games
  • Online courses
  • Maker faires
  • Design projects
Local Programs Offered by:
  • Science centers and museums
  • Professional societies like IEEE
  • Universities

Important Skills:

  • Analytical skills: identify appropriate design elements for devices used in medical procedures.
  • Communication skills: convey information effectively with medical doctors, medical assistants, and patients.
  • Critical thinking skills: order information clearly and logically to design complex systems.
  • Problem-solving skills: identify and analyze medical and health-related problems before they occur and implement solutions in a timely manner.
  • Research skills: conduct important research along with medical scientists for the development and implementation of systems.
  • Operations analysis: analyze needs and product requirements to develop appropriate designs/applications.
  • Detail-oriented: pay close attention in order to ensure that design activities comply with relevant codes and regulations.

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