Lake Washington Institute of Technology Adds High-Demand Biomedical Device Assembler Certificate Program


Leslie ShattuckDirector, Communications & Marketing(425) 739-8236

Kirkland, Wash. – Answering industry demand, Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) has created a Biomedical Device Assembler Certificate program. LWTech is one of two colleges in the country that provides this program, with the other college being in Florida.

Developed, with direct input from companies like Stryker, LWTech’s Biomedical Device Assembler Certificate program was designed with the most relevant and direct-needed skills that will make students successful in a variety of applications, including: assembling biomedical equipment products; proper installation of electronic, optical, and mechanical components; quality inspection and auditing; product finishing; reading blueprints and engineering drawing schematics; and learning lean manufacturing processes.

Matt Twitchell, Director, Manufacturing Operations & Business Excellence, from Stryker’s Redmond, WA, location said, “We are delighted to have had the opportunity to partner with Lake Washington Institute of Technology in developing the Biomedical Device Assembler Certificate program. We are very excited about the benefits it will bring to students and the direct alignment with our local workforce needs. This is a win-win for our region and for Stryker’s manufacturing in Redmond. I am looking forward to welcoming graduates to our Life Saving Team.”

Offered in the evening, the short, two-quarter certificate is designed for students who desire an entry-level assembly job in the healthcare technology fields, with a focus on medical device and equipment manufacturing. There is also an Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST) certificate option, which gives students the benefit of having a basic skills instructor along with a professional-technical instructor during their classes.

“With numerous biomedical manufacturers in our region, there is a strong need for trained biomedical device assemblers. So, when industry came to us looking for us to train future employees, we were happy to work with them to develop a program that meets their needs, comments Dr. Amy Morrison, president, LWTech. 

Students can enroll to start the program spring quarter. Cohorts will begin in spring and fall quarters. Registration for new students starts on February 14, 2020.

About Lake Washington Institute of Technology

Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) was founded in 1949, and is the only public institute of technology in the state of Washington. LWTech offers 10 applied bachelor's degrees, 35 associate degrees, and 86 professional certificates in 42 areas of study, including STEM-focused programs in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.