Create medical devices and machines.
A Biomedical Engineering Director oversees an entire biomedical engineering operation. A field where man meets machine, biomedical engineering is the application of engineering—the science of designing complex products—within the medical industry.
Employed by hospitals, universities, and medical manufacturing companies, you are a senior-level Manager who heads a department of Biomedical Engineers. Your team creates medical devices such as prosthetic limbs, artificial organs, and metal joint replacements, as well as hospital equipment like X-ray machines, surgical lasers, and heart-lung machines.
As Biomedical Engineering Director, you’re a bridge between science and business. In other words, it’s your job to guide and manage the work of ground-level Engineers, and to make sure that work benefits the bottom line. After all, your company has two goals: The first might be advancing medical science and enhancing patient care. The second, however, is making money. You’re in charge of pursuing both goals.
Although you assign projects to Engineers and consult with them on their progress, your responsibilities are more managerial than engineering. Your typical duties, for instance, include developing engineering strategies and goals, deciding what projects your team will tackle, and enforcing budgets. You also managing staff, work with vendors, and measuring your department’s performance.
Like Directors in other fields, you’re a decision maker. Say your company manufactures artificial hearts, for instance: Although your staff designs them, it’s your job to make sure they beat.