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Biomedical Equipment Technician

   

Biomedical equipment technicians install, inspect, calibrate, modify, test, and repair medical equipment and instruments used in diagnosing and treating diseases. They use blueprints, written specifications, and standard specialized equipment in order to fulfill most of these duties. Biomedical equipment technicians may also be called upon to train medical personnel to operate the equipment safely. Some of their various duties may include dismantling equipment in order to locate the cause of malfunction, repairing or replacing defective parts, reassembling equipment and adjusting precision components according to blueprint specifications, and performing safety checks on electrical and radiation equipment. They may also add to or change original components to meet specific therapeutic or diagnostic requirements.

 

Career specialties in this field include: Biomedical Engineering Technicians-depend on background in engineering to assist biomedical

or clinical engineers; Electromedical Equipment Repairer-provide preventative maintenance for electromedical equipment in hospitals;

and Dental Equipment Installers and Servicers-install and maintain equipment in dental offices.

 

Individuals interested in this field must have a strong background in science as well as electro-mechanical skills. It is also important for these professions to be patient, pay close attention to detail, and have good communication skills.


Work Environment:

 

Biomedical equipment technicians usually work in hospitals, medical centers, and large clinics that have high-tech equipment and instruments. They may also work for manufacturers in engineering, sales, or service. These technicians are usually supervised by Biomedical or Clinical Engineers.

High School Preparation:

 

High school students interested in becoming a biomedical equipment technician should take courses in biology, physics, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, English, literature, mechanical drawing, electricity and electronics, industrial arts, computer skills, and health occupations/medical professions education.


College Requirements:

 

Individuals interested in biomedical equipment technology should have a high school diploma or the equivalent. Most employers prefer to hire people that have obtained a two-year associate’s degree in electronics, medical technology, or an engineering related field from an accredited technical college. Some employers may hire and individual with an electronics background and offer on-the-job training. While Mississippi does not require biomedical equipment technicians to be certified, the US Certification Commission (USCC) offers certification to individuals that wish to become Certified Biomedical Equipment Technicians (CBET).

 

Students interested in biomedical engineering should contact schools for information on admission and course of study.

For educational institutions in Mississippi
offering this course of study click here.

Career Outlook:

 

Employment opportunities among biomedical equipment technicians should grow about as fast as the average for all other occupations over the next decade. The rapidly expanding elderly population should spark strong demand for medical equipment and, in turn, create excellent opportunities in this field. As medical equipment becomes increasingly complicated, the need for highly trained technicians will be a necessity for large hospitals and medical centers. Individuals that are trained in specific areas, such as radiology, nuclear medicine, surgery, dialysis, or clinical laboratory, should see the best opportunities in this occupation.
 

 

Salary:

 

Average Annual Salary

$40,300

 

Salary Range

$31,300-$46,700

 

Professional Organizations:

 

American Society of Healthcare Engineering

1 N. Franklin Street

Chicago, IL 60606

Phone: (312) 422-3800

www.ashe.org

 

Association for Advancement of Medical

Instrumentation (AAMI)

1110 North Glebe Road, Suite 220
Arlington, VA

22201-4795

Phone: (703) 525-4890

Fax: (703) 276-0793

www.aami.org

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