Biomedical Engineering and Placements
Where our students work on placement
Our biomedical engineering students undertake placements for a range of employers including the medical technology industry, the pharmaceutical industry, NHS and private hospitals, the government and engineering firms. Our students select their placements depending on their individual interests and future career goals. Previous Biomedical engineering students have completed placements in various organisations and a small example of where our students have been placed can be seen below:
What our students do on placement
Biomedical engineering students undertake professional industry work which can relate to their degree programme whilst some students choose to undertake a placement in a different area of the engineering sector. Some examples of the roles our students have undertaken on placement include; a trainee clinical technologist, a ventilator technician, a machine interface engineer and a laboratory intern.
Skills our students gain on placement
Placement students develop both professional and technical skills during their time in industry. Our biomedical engineering students often develop strong problem solving skills, the ability to resolve issues relating to engineering equipment and troubleshooting skills. Students placed in a hospital are able to learn about the needs of a hospital with regard to medical equipment and devices. Some of our students have had the chance to observe surgical procedures during their time on placement.
In addition, our students have developed their interpersonal, professionalism and networking skills through liaising with medical staff. After undertaking a professional placement students have felt better able to communicate effectively with a range of stake holders and present complex information clearly. Students have commented that they have felt more confident in their ability to work as part of a team following their placement experience.
Overall, placement students gain a deeper knowledge of the biomedical engineering sector as well as the various career paths available to them after graduation.