MDIFS#3: Hands On Experience with the Tools of the Trade

I met Craig Scherer recently and asked what he was looking for in an entry level Biomedical Engineer. Craig  has a B.S. Industrial Design, an MBA, and is Senior Partner at InSight – A Medical Product Development Firm.  His two points were;

  1. At the mechanical engineering level biomedical engineers appear to be more concerned with implantable devices and biomechanics.
  2. Entry level engineer needs to demonstrate innovation and creative talents and should be familiar with standard industry design tools such as Solidworks, Pro Engineer, the machine shop ( hands on) , and FEA.

Craig is highlighting the type of impression he has gotten from graduates of the biomedical engineering programs.  Craig has been hiring engineers for over 20 years.   His corporation doesn’t work with implantables but on a number of other products that are just as important to the medical profession.   A properly prepared Biomedical Engineer could find a position in this type of corporation if they met the requirements in point #2 and had engineering work experience even if it is not directly related to the medical industry.  I would interpret the machine shop background as a requirement to have hands on experience because an engineer can not design well unless they know the process that will create the final product.  There is no better way to get to know the process than to be intimately involved with it.

See also Medical Device Industry Feedback Series (MDIFS)

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