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Exploring Medical Device Engineering at MedRes: A Closer Look


The R&D team at MedRes is at the forefront of medical device innovation. This diverse group, including fresh graduates and seasoned experts in fields like mechanical, product design, biomedical, electrical engineering, and software development, collaborates to advance medical technology.

In this post, we highlight the field of medical device engineering—a sector characterized by continuous learning, creativity, and significant impact. We feature insights from three engineers, Nóra Rédly, Zsuzsanna Börcsök, and Bálint Pálovics, who share the challenges and rewards of engineering medical devices at MedRes, where innovation meets real-world applications.


First, Let’s Clarify What Medical Device Engineers Do

A medical device engineer designs, develops, and maintains equipment for patient care. They create new devices, meet regulations, test prototypes, and manage production. Working with healthcare professionals, they ensure devices meet clinical needs. The job combines engineering expertise, medical knowledge, and a dedication to enhancing patient care.


How to Enter the Field of Medical Device Engineering

To become a medical device engineer you typically start with an engineering degree and then gain specialization in medical technology through on-the-job experience. Some engineers may shift from fields like mechanical engineering, drawn to the direct impact on healthcare. Others may choose this path early in their studies, motivated by the innovative nature of the field and the opportunity to make a meaningful difference. For example Nóra shifted from product design engineering to MedRes’s medical device sector after detours in research and advertising. Zsuzsanna transitioned from ship design to medical technology, influenced by a quality engineering role. Bálint, with a foundation in mechanical engineering and interests in electronics and programming, pursued healthcare and biomedical studies before his move to MedRes. Their paths to medical device engineering share a common thread of seeking innovation in healthcare.


Why Medical Device Engineering is a Rewarding Career

Medical device engineering is a multifaceted and dynamic field that appeals to those seeking a profound impact through their work. Here’s why our colleagues find it’s an attractive profession:

“This job is multifaceted.”

It combines the rigorous aspects of mechanical engineering with the explorative nature of biology, creating a rich tapestry of learning and application.

“It feels like adding my share to the greater good of humanity, no matter how small my part may be.

The work directly contributes to enhancing health care and saving lives, not just generating profit, but actually making a difference in someone’s life with the medical devices we develop.

“It is beyond conventional boundaries.”

Engineers are not confined to the strict limitations of one discipline, allowing for more creative and impactful solutions.

“This field of science is advancing very quickly.”

There is always something new to learn, ensuring the job never gets stale or repetitive. Continuous learning is a must, offering constant opportunities for professional development and staying ahead of the curve.

“It requires complex problem-solving skills.”

Engineers are challenged to invent and innovate rather than merely iterate on existing designs as is often the case in other engineering fields like the automotive industry.

Distinctive Aspects of Medical Device Engineering

Medical device engineering is a field that diverges significantly from traditional engineering disciplines. The differences are marked by various factors:

“Regulation and quality is especially important. Safety is our top priority.”

Products must adhere to strict safety standards, making regulation a central aspect of the work to guarantee patient safety.

“The nature of our work necessitates multidisciplinary requirements.

Development engineers receive requirements from many sources, necessitating a holistic understanding of each to fulfill these demands successfully. They must be able to think from different perspectives, whether it’s manufacturing concerns or medical functionality.

“Teamwork is key to success.”

Engineers work alongside specialists from various fields, synthesizing inputs from doctors, technologists and other professionals, transforming these to mechanical, electrical or software outputs.

“Actually, it’s the R&D that makes this engineering field different.

The innovative approach in medical device engineering requires a distinct mindset compared to traditional engineering roles.The work is iterative and requires out-of-the-box thinking, with a comprehensive understanding across various domains.

“What is designed must also be manufacturable.

Devices are designed with a keen eye on how they can be seamlessly transitioned into the manufacturing process.



The transition to medical device engineering is not without its challenges. Newcomers face challenges in understanding medical terminology and clinical procedures. The field requires effective communication across disciplines as  well as  adapting to various technologies and specialties. The development process, often taking 2 to 5 years, is thorough and detailed due to strict regulatory. Balancing innovation with risk management and compliance is crucial, alongside navigating market pressures to deliver cost-effective and timely products. Overall, this engineering discipline demands a balance between technological advancement and strict adherence to safety and regulatory standards.Yet, these challenges are also what make the field so rewarding. Every project is a learning experience, with the constant acquisition of new knowledge being a staple of their professional lives.


Neccessary Skills

Medical device engineering requires both specialized education in the field and ongoing training. Key educational areas include medical device-specific courses, as well as product design and development. Our colleagues also highlight the importance of additional skills:

“It’s about embracing open-minded mindset that learning is essential to later apply and transform that knowledge into something meaningful.”

Communication, language skills, openness, flexibility, curiosity, precision are keys to success.”

Critical thinking is an engineer’s task, always questioning if this solution is truly the best one.”

“A strong foundation in medical sciences like anatomy, pathology, physiology, or even chemistry is also important.”

Continuous training in quality control and standards, along with learning from experts in areas like surgery, is essential.”

Overall, continual learning and staying updated with industry developments are vital for thriving in this evolving field.


Some Advices for New Graduates Entering Medical Device Engineering

Teamwork is a key.”

“Cultivate an attitude of constant learning and critical thinking.”

Collect as many relevant experiences as possible. ”

Embrace the regulations — they shape the very products you’ll create.”

“Remember, failure is not an endpoint but a step towards success. ”

Bring enthusiasm and dedication to your work, which can often be as important as technical knowledge.”



Exploring the world of medical device engineering at MedRes reveals a dynamic and multifaceted field where innovation, continuous learning, and a commitment to improving healthcare converge. The challenges are met with professionalism and enthusiasm, and the rewards come in the form of impactful contributions to patient care. Whether you’re a experienced professional or a fresh graduate, this field offers a unique blend of technical expertise and the opportunity to make a meaningful difference in the world of healthcare. So, if you’re considering a career in medical device engineering, embrace the challenges, cultivate a passion for learning, and prepare to be a part of a remarkable journey of innovation and impact.