Medical Device Engineer
What is a Medical Device Engineer?
A medical device engineer is responsible for the design and engineering aspects of the medical device product development process.
What does a medical device engineer do?
Medical device engineers contribute to two parts of the medical device product development process: the design and engineering stages. They understand the nature of medical systems and have the wide range of expertise necessary to solve the problem of creating a medical device that does what it is supposed to and looks like it needs to.
For the design aspects, medical device engineers specify requirements using various sources as input, e.g. asking customers directly, market research, academic research into relevant fields, domain knowledge, regulations, standards and best practices, make the design compliant with all applicable regulations and standards.
For the engineering aspects, medical device engineers use the requirements from the product design stage to determine how they will realise the desired medical device. As part of this stage, they will create detailed technical specifications that will then be used for the implementation or manufacture stage.
Medical device engineers also need to take into account cost and manufacture/implementation limitations.
How do I become a medical device engineer?
There are a variety of university programs in medical device engineering. Alternatively, if you have some engineering training, but would like to specialise in medical device engineering, you may be able to join a medical device engineering company, e.g. Arrowfast or Cosylab, and get on-the-job training. In this way, you will be able to learn while actually designing and developing a medical device.