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Interested in a rewarding and meaningful career? Become a Biomedical Engineering Technologist/Technician (BMET) and have a career in demand around the world!

What is Biomedical engineering?
Excerpts from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Biomedical engineering (BME) is the application of engineering principles and design concepts to medicine and biology for healthcare purposes (e.g. diagnostic or therapeutic). This field seeks to close the gap between engineering and medicine: It combines the design and problem solving skills of engineering with medical and biological sciences to advance healthcare treatment, including diagnosis, monitoring and therapy.
Notable sub disciplines within biomedical engineering
o Tissue engineering
o Genetic engineering
o Neural engineering
o Pharmaceutical engineering
o Medical devices
 Medical imaging
 Implants
 Bionics
o Clinical engineering

Clinical engineering
Clinical engineering is the branch of biomedical engineering dealing with the actual implementation of medical equipment and technologies in hospitals or other clinical settings. Major roles of clinical engineers include training and supervising Biomedical Engineering Technologists/Technicians (BMET's), selecting technological products/services and logistically managing their implementation, working with governmental regulators on inspections/audits, and serving as technological consultants for other hospital staff (e.g. physicians, administrators, I.T., etc.). Clinical engineers also advise and collaborate with medical device producers regarding prospective design improvements based on clinical experiences, as well as monitor the progression of the state-of-the-art so as to redirect procurement patterns accordingly.

Their inherent focus on practical implementation of technology has tended to keep them oriented more towards incremental-level redesigns and reconfigurations, as opposed to revolutionary research & development or ideas that would be many years from clinical adoption; however, there is a growing effort to expand this time-horizon over which clinical engineers can influence the trajectory of biomedical innovation. In their various roles, they form a "bridge" between the primary designers and the end-users, by combining the perspectives of being both 1) close to the point-of-use, while 2) trained in product and process engineering. Clinical Engineering departments will sometimes hire not just biomedical engineers, but also industrial/systems engineers to help address operations research/optimization, human factors, cost analysis, etc.

What Does a BMET Do?

BMET's are specialists in the support, maintenance, and repair of medical technology. As part of the healthcare team, they work with a wide variety of biomedical devices that diagnose, treat or assist patients.

Introduction student
Most BMETs work in a hospital, large medical facility or biological laboratory. Some are hired by equipment manufacturers to develop and test new devices or to work in sales. BMETs are responsible for keeping equipment in working order and they're the ones called in to troubleshoot when equipment is not functioning properly. Skilled technicians help acquire, install, use, maintain, and train healthcare personnel on cutting-edge medical technology. They support medical staff in the use of the technology. BMETs also coordinate vendor contracts and play a key role in investigating device-related problems.

What skills do I need?
■ Technical and problem-solving abilities
■ Mechanical aptitude and good hand-eye coordination
■ An interest in new technology, electro-mechanics, information technology, networking, and improving the future of healthcare delivery
■ Attention to detail, communication skills, and the ability to work as a team

Job Skills and Duties
BMETs enjoy the challenge of fixing mechanical devices. And as today's medical devices become more and more integrated with computer technology, BMETs have more opportunities to work with computers and software than ever before. BMETs also need to be familiar with both electrical and electronic technology. They install, inspect, calibrate, service, and repair medical equipment of all sorts and sizes. From CT scanners to wheelchairs, from infusion pumps to heart monitors, BMETs keep important medical devices up and running.

BMETs also collaborate with medical staff. They can provide equipment training to physicians and nurses and, when new equipment is needed, they're called upon to research and evaluate the options.

Required Training
Most entry-level BMETs begin with a two-year Certificate in a field such as medical engineering or a three-year Diploma in medical engineering. Some BMETs have trained for this specialty in the military. Bachelor's degrees in medical equipment technology or medical engineering technology are available at some schools. New BMETs can expect to work as assistants for three to six months. They may be trained on each piece of equipment in a lab or facility and may also attend manufacturer training courses. Certification exams are available for graduates with two to three years of full-time experience, but aren't, yet, required by law.

Well Known Jobs within this Field of Expertise
As BMETs gain experience, they may specialize in certain types of equipment. This may lead to a job as a radiology equipment specialist, clinical laboratory equipment specialist, electro medical equipment technician, or traveling field service engineer.

The demand for BMETs will continue to grow as medical advances and biology research result in new and more complex biomedical equipment. If you're interested in medical technology, a degree in the biomedical field may be right for you.