I have suggested a number of times on this blog that biomedical engineering programs need to increase the level of traditional engineering content. Here is an anecdotal example of a corporation asking for this type of experience for a senior Principal Research Engineer position. Whoever created the description had been told or had decided that only Biomedical Engineer/Bioengineer degrees with a “solid core” of traditional engineering would be acceptable. Note the degree level to which this applies to is M.S. and Ph.D. No similar requirement was given for the other engineering degrees. The requirement can’t be used because the other acceptable degrees are traditional engineering degrees. The description clearly implies that they are not interested in seriously considering the qualifications of individuals without significant traditional engineering coursework or experience applying traditional engineering theory. I think the implications are clear for newly graduated B.S. Biomedical Engineers/Bioengineers as well. New hires and advancement at this corporation need to demonstrate significant traditional engineering education or experience.
This is only one corporation for a sampling of similar feedback from engineers working in the medical device and pharmaceutical field see:
Excerpt from job announcement;
POSITION: Principal Research Engineer(2309BR)
Education: MS or PhD in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering,
or Materials Science; or Biomedical Engineering (BME) / Bioengineering
with solid core in traditional engineering disciplines.”