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Biomedical Engineering

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Biomedical Engineering in short is the combination of engineering and medicine.

Also watch: Biomedical Engineering explained in 2 minutes!

Pathway

Your options to study Engineering, no matter the specialization is generally the same. Find out more here: Academic qualifications to study Engineering in Malaysia.

Subject Focus

SPM:

  • English
  • Physics
  • Biology
  • Additional Mathematics

University:

  • Biology
  • Physics
  • Calculus
  • Computer Science and Programming

In Biomedical Engineering, you will learn to develop and design devices and systems to solve health issues. Some examples of these devices and systems are prostheses, advanced therapeutic and surgical devices and medical imaging systems.

Personality Type

Biomedical engineers apply engineering principles to analyse and solve problems in biology and medicine, thus providing better health care. They see the body as a machine with parts and systems that work together to keep it running and like any other machine, the body has parts and systems that can break down which biomedical engineers work to enhance, repair or replace.

These personality type codes serve ONLY as a guideline and can be taken with a pinch of salt. Always consult with your school counsellor or ask our experts for further guidance!

Myers-Briggs: ISTJ, ESTJ, INTP, ENTJ

These types all share the Thinking preference (T), or a preference for objective decision making as opposed to taking into account personal values in making decisions.

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Holland Vocational Code: RIE (Realistic, Investigative, Enterprising)

Find where you belong in the RIASEC model here.

Career Info

Work Environment:

Engineers in this field use advance technology to assist medical care, working closely with other health care professionals such as physicians, nurses, technicians and therapists.

Salary

Entry-level:

RM 2,000 to 3,000

Professional:

MYR 4,000 to 6,000 (5 – 10 years of experience).

Job Demand

Because the world of engineering and medicine is constantly changing to adapt to needs, there are many specialisations in biomedical engineering. The major ones are: Bioinstrumentation, Biomaterials, Biomechanics, Cellular, tissue and genetic engineering, Clinical engineering, Medical imaging, Orthopaedic surgery, Rehabilitation engineering, Systems physiology.

In Malaysia:

Malaysia aims to become a regional contract manufacturing hub for medical devices and pharmaceuticals. In the Entry Point Project (EPP) 8, which is Building a Health Sciences Education Discipline Cluster, the project will be to broaden programmes being offered under this discipline to provide educational opportunities to cater to the biomedical devices industry and to further enhance the quality standard of health science education in Malaysia.

To achieve this goal, the government will take a three-prong approach: improve domestic market penetration, increase exports and move up the value chain. Concurrently, the government is looking at building medical device clusters, getting the Medical Device Act bill passed, provide better access to funding, and attract technical and management talent.

The Malaysian medical devices market is expected to reach RM5.3 billion by 2015. To date, it is worth 3.5 billion of which 75% is attributed to exports.

In line with this, Medical Devices Corporation Sdn Bhd will be setting up a Contract Manufacturing Hub for the production of DEHP Free Medical PVC Granule, Medical Tubing’s & Sheet, IV Administrative Set & Hemodialysis Blood Lines, Peritoneal Dialysis (CAPD & CCPD) and Blood & Plasma Collection Bags. The factory, to be based in Pulau Indah Halah Industrial Park, is said to be worth RM88.5 million and will create up to 90 new jobs up to 2020.

Overseas:

In 2007, Malaysia became a member of The Washington Accord, which recognises experienced professional engineers represented by responsible bodies. The Washington Accord is a small group of signatories that have agreed to mutually recognise accredited engineering programmes. Members of The Washington Accord are Hong Kong, South Africa, Japan, Singapore, USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, UK, Ireland, Taipei, Korea, Malaysia and Turkey.

Click this link to view the list of accredited engineering programmes in Malaysia.

Becoming Professional

Becoming a professional:

The Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM), The Institution of Engineers Malaysia (IEM) and Association of Consulting Engineers Malaysia (ACEM) develop and use the EMF Register as a secure benchmark that allows a professional engineer to be recognised or exempted from licensing or registration in other countries (other than that in which they first gained recognition).

Eligibility for admission to EMF International Register of Professional Engineers Register is limited only to engineers who have completed an accredited or recognised engineering programme, registered with the Board of Engineers Malaysia and is a corporate member of the IEM who is capable of independent practice.

To qualify for the registration, a candidate must:

  • be a Professional Engineer registered with the Board of Engineers Malaysia and/or a Corporate Member with the Institution of Engineers Malaysia.
  • have seven years experience after graduation in a recognised engineering discipline.
  • have two years experience in responsible charge of significant work (may be obtained within the seven years experience).
  • have maintained their continuing professional development at a satisfactory level.

Useful links:

Biomedical Engineering Association Malaysia (BEAM)
Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES)
Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI)
The American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE)
Society for Biomaterials (SFB)
American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE)
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB)

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