Medical Equipment Technician

Occupation Information table
Overview: Medical equipment technicians install, calibrate and maintain medical equipment and instruments used in the health care field such as hospitals, physician's and dentist's offices, medical laboratories and emergency vehicles or ships. They train physicians, dentists, nurses and laboratory workers how to use the equipment.
Duties: Medical equipment technicians install medical equipment & instruments such as patient monitors, X-ray machines, sterilizers, blood analyzers, etc. in hospitals, physician offices, medical laboratories, etc.

They calibrate new equipment. They demonstrate the most effective methods to use the equipment and how to verify the accuracy of results.

They perform routine tests of the reliability of the biomedical equipment at the customer's site. They diagnose causes of equipment malfunction and performs repairs. They also advise staff of problems.

They advise his/her company's engineering & marketing staff of unusual equipment malfunctions and suggest design changes to improve the reliability of equipment for customer satisfaction.

Degree(s): A.S. Biotechnology 
Job Outlook: Employment in this field is projected to grow 5% to 8% percent from 2018 to 2028, which matches the average growth rate for all occupations.
Salary Range (National Average): $30,000 to $34,000
Education Level: Training for this occupation generally requires a High School Degree, plus additional coursework in a vocational or technical school. In some cases, employers may require an Associate Degree.
Additional Training/Education: An associate degree is the usual requirement for this occupation. Curriculum background should include biophysics, physiology, anatomy and computer-aided design. Certification in this field is voluntary.
Advancement Info: Biomedical equipment technicians may become troubleshooters. These workers help repairers diagnose difficult problems. They must have experience and take further training to advance to these positions. Other technicians may move into higher paying jobs with larger medical facilities or companies. Those who have experience and leadership ability may become supervisors or managers.
Recommended Skills:
  • Identifying the most appropriate equipment and tools needed to get a job done.
  • Installing equipment, machines, wiring, etc. according to a set of specifications.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Performing routine maintenance and/or repairs on equipment using the appropriate tools.
  • Ability to identify a problem, review related information, develop and evaluate options, and implement a solution.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Analyzing the symptoms of a problem and deciding what actions should be taken to resolve the problem.
Recommended Values:
  • Having the ability to work with equipment or material things.
  • Doing something where you can physically see the results of your work.

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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.