Bioengineering Technician

1. What does a Bioengineering Technician do?

Bioengineering Technicians usually have a range of duties that lie between trade and professional engineer levels. They conduct and assist with the research, design, manufacture, repair and maintenance of biomedical equipment. Graduates usually work under the supervision of others as they gain hands-on experience in their industry or field. Recent graduates will be involved in tasks that apply their technical skills to solve problems, and may progress to more involved work with additional specialised training and as experience levels increase.

2. Why does a Bioengineering Technician do this?

Bioengineering associates work closely with engineers and within health care teams to develop medical diagnostic devices and procedures that solve medical and health-related problems. They are of service to people, work with living systems, and apply advanced technology for the enhancement of health care. Major advances in bioengineering which demonstrate the merging of medicine and engineering have produced artificial parts for hearts, ears, limbs – and given quality of life, and life itself, back to many who otherwise would be without it.

3. How does a Bioengineering Technician do their job?

Many bioengineering associates assist engineers and scientists, especially in research and development. Others work in quality control inspecting biomedical products and processes, conducting tests, or collecting data. In manufacturing, they may assist in product design, development, or production. Those who work in research and development build or set up equipment, prepare and conduct experiments, collect data, calculate or record results, and help engineers or scientists in other ways, such as making prototype versions of newly designed equipment. They also assist in design work, often using computer-aided design (CAD) equipment. Tools used include: electrometers, fatigue testers and pressure indicators. Technology used includes: analytical software, CAD, medical software, program testing software and project management software.

4. Where do Bioengineering Technicians do their work?

Most bioengineering associates spend much of their time working on computers in an office. Depending on their specialty and work setting, their duties include everything from setting up and maintaining equipment in a research lab, to drafting plans for new design on a computer, to inspecting an assembly line. They are employed in industry such as biomedical equipment suppliers, pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturers; in hospitals; in research facilities of educational and medical institutions; in medical service organisations; and in government regulatory agencies.

5. Minimum degree required?

A Bachelor of Science majoring in Bioengineering Systems. Recent graduates may qualify for some positions but may need additional specialised training and experience. Graduates with minimal experience in a scientific related workplace should aim to develop their technical skills such as:

  • Analytical or scientific software
  • Data base user interface and query software
  • Graphics or photo imaging software
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Word processing software

The major opens pathways that lead to accredited professional careers in Biomedical Engineering (through the Masters of Engineering).

6. Average salary per year?

The annual median salary earned by a Bachelor of Science graduate was $55,000. For more information please clickhere.

7. Job outlook

Employment prospects for Science Technicians to 2018, is expected to be average. For more information please clickhere.

(Science Technicians perform tests and experiments, and provide technical support functions to assist with research, design, production and teaching in chemistry, earth sciences, life sciences, and physical sciences.)

8. Related occupations

Biomedical Technician, Biomedical Engineering Technician, Technical Assistant, R&D Assistant, Quality Control Technician, Quality Assurance Officer, Systems Analyst, Lab Technician, Science Technician, Science Officer.

9. Some companies that employ Bioengineering graduates.

Graduates can expect to work in biotechnology, pharmaceutical, medical device and diagnostics companies such as CSL Limited, Biota , Acrux, Glaxo Smith Kline), as well as in government, and consulting. Graduates may work for companies such as CochlearAventis systems or for research organisations such as CSIRO or Bio21.

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