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Biomedical Equipment Technician

Career data updated last on 10/15/2014
Biomedical Equipment Technician Biomedical equipment technicians test, install, inspect, adjust, service, repair, and maintain biomedical and related technical equipment used in the healthcare field. They work on medical equipment such as defibrillators, heart monitors, medical imaging equipment (x rays, CAT scanners, and ultrasound equipment), and electric wheelchairs. They use various tools, including multimeters, specialized software, and computers designed to communicate with specific pieces of hardware. Some of their tools are specialized, such as equipment designed to simulate water or air pressure. These repairers use handtools, soldering irons, and other electronic tools to repair and adjust the equipment. Faulty circuit boards and other parts are normally removed and replaced. Careful, detailed logs of all maintenance and repair on each piece of equipment must be maintained. They may also consult with medical or research staff, and/or scientific or engineering personnel to determine if specialized medical and research equipment is working properly.
Salary $24.95/hr - $54,886 annually
Significant Points Overall employment is expected to grow more slowly than average, but projected growth varies by detailed occupation.
Specializations
Work Environment Medical equipment and precision instrument and equipment repairers normally work daytime hours, but are often expected to be on call. But, like other hospital and factory employees, some repairers work irregular hours. Medical equipment repairers often work for hospitals or wholesale equipment suppliers, while precision instrument repairers, all other, often work for manufacturing companies and durable goods wholesalers.
High School Prep General college preparation is recommended: three courses in math including algebra I, algebra II and geometry, or a higher level math course for which algebra II is a prerequisite; three science courses including biology and chemistry, one physical science and one lab course; four English units and two social studies units, including one in U.S. History; and two years of a second language.
Academic Requirements An associate degree in electronics or medical technology is helpful, but not always required. The required training varies by specialty. On-the-job training, for those with a background in electronics, is more common for workers repairing less critical equipment such as hospital beds or electric wheelchairs. An associate or even a bachelor’s degree, often in medical technology or engineering, and a passing grade on a certification exam is likely to be required of persons repairing more critical equipment such as CAT scanners and defibrillators. Some repairers are trained in the military. New repairers begin by observing and assisting an experienced worker over a period of 3 to 6 months. Gradually, they begin working independently, while still under close supervision.

Schools/Organizations

Aims Community College-Greeley Campus
Associate Degree Associate    On-line program available On-line program available
Arapahoe Community College
Associate Degree Associate
DeVry University-Westminster Campus
Associate Degree Associate    On-line program available On-line program available
Bachelor Degree Bachelor's    On-line program available On-line program available

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