Hello Emilie: Thank you for your question. I've done some research on Clinical Engineer and hope you find the info below helpful.
What is a Clinical Engineer? Clinical Engineers develop and maintain equipment used for diagnosing illness and treating patients. [https://www.ucas.com/ucas/after-gcses/find-career-ideas/explore-jobs/job-profile/clinical-engineer]
Type of work involved as an Engineer:
- testing equipment, such as walking aids, wheelchairs and speech synthesizers (known as assistive technologies)
- developing artificial limbs that attach to the patient's own tissue, giving them greater control
- making artificial joints, heart valves and hearing implants from new materials to lessen the chance of rejection by the patient’s body
- designing equipment that allows doctors to try new medical techniques, for example, optical instruments for keyhole surgery
- day-to-day management of medical equipment, such as scanners, imaging machines and monitoring systems
- carrying out quality assurance checks to ensure all equipment is working correctly and safely
This role would involve working closely with other medical professionals, technical staff and patients.
I wish you the best on your journey. Best of luck to you!
Sheila recommends the following next steps:
- Read the article on Clinical Engineer https://www.ucas.com/ucas/after-gcses/find-career-ideas/explore-jobs/job-profile/clinical-engineer
- Review the Bureau of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook - Biomedical Engineers https://www.bls.gov/ooh/architecture-and-engineering/biomedical-engineers.htm#tab-2