In most biomedical device companies, the first steps to success donâ€™t require a four-year degree, according to Jon Olson, Director of ProWork Training at Anoka Technical College. â€œManufacturing jobs do require bright, skilled, problem-solving people,â€ he said. â€œYou do use math everydayâ€”not just adding and subtracting. Itâ€™s trigonometry.â€
Medical device manufacturing jobs will typically require microscope work, blueprint reading and metrologyâ€”the accurate measurement of parts that are often too small to be seen with the naked eye. All of those skills are covered in the Anoka Tech introductory course in Medical Device Manufacturing..
As in many careers, lots of small things contribute to job satisfaction. Are you willing to wear a beard net? Can you see yourself going to work without makeup? The Anoka Technical College Medical Device program covers workstation ergonomics. Olson said the proper adjustment of the workstation is critical if youâ€™re going to spend several hours a day looking through a microscope. But itâ€™s not just the technical skills, Olson said. â€œItâ€™s about communication, working on teams, problem-solving.â€
Ultimately, Olson said, students report one big area of satisfaction in a medical device career: Itâ€™s about making a difference. â€œStudents say, â€˜My grandfather has a pacemaker, or I have an insulin pump.â€™ They know what they do everyday contributes to the health and quality of life of millions of people.â€