Recently I caught up with Joe Zuzula, Marketing & Sales Manager at Orchid Orthopedic Solutions. A former Quality Control Manager he offered this advice to up and coming biomedical engineers.
“1. Students should get hands on experience during their college education.
2. Most students have the wrong expectations about an engineering job. They expect to be sitting at a desk designing right away.
3. The student should get as much manufacturing experience as they can even if it is unrelated to their degree.”
Joe’s point #2 refers to the common practice of giving the entry level engineer a lot of hands on work to familiarize them with the field. The misconception that Joe is referring to could easily be addressed by the Professors and Lecturers. Point #1 can be addressed by an aggressive co-op program that gets the students into engineering positions where, you guessed it, they get a lot of hands on work to familiarize them with the field. Point #3 is related to Point #2 in that if recent graduates don’t understand the value of manufacturing experience they will not seek it out.