Medical Equipment Repairer

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Description

Maintain, repair, adjust, and calibrate a wide range of electronic, electromechanical, and hydraulic equipment used in hospitals and other medical environments, including health practitioners' offices. Use a wide variety of electronic and hand tools in their work, including multi-meters, specialized software, and other electronic tools as well as soldering irons, pliers, screwdrivers and hand tools to fix or adjust equipment.

They also perform routine scheduled maintenance to ensure that all equipment is in good working order. (A multi-meter combines one or more meters such as an ammeter and voltmeter, to measure two or more electrical quantities in an electric circuit, as voltage, resistance, and current.) Medical equipment repairers carry out their work in hospitals, clinics, medical laboratories, doctor's offices, dental offices, and any other setting in which medical or dental equipment is located. In large hospitals, they may be employed full-time to maintain a wide range of electronic and hydraulic equipment.

In such large settings, there often are a number of medical equipment repairers who specialize in certain types of equipment and machinery. Here also repairers need to be comfortable working around patients if equipment is being used while repairs are made. When this happens, care needs to be taken to ensure that repairs do not disturb patients.

In some cases, an equipment manufacturer may have their own preferred service repairers that they will send to a location, as needed. Especially in smaller settings, such as doctors' offices, there may be a service contract with one or several medical equipment repairers to provide routine maintenance as well as to respond quickly if equipment breaks down.

Most medical equipment is powered by electricity, but because many also have mechanical and hydraulic parts, medical equipment repairers need to be familiar with these kinds of systems also.

They may work on patient monitors, defibrillators, medical imaging equipment (e.g., X-rays, CAT scanners, and ultrasound), voice-controlled operating tables, electric wheelchairs, as well as other sophisticated dental, optometric, and ophthalmic equipment. If a machine or piece of equipment is not functioning to its potential, the repairer may have to adjust the mechanical or hydraulic components, or revise software to bring the equipment back into calibration.

All medical equipment repairers are troubleshooters and problem-solvers to one degree or another. Some work as generalists who can understand and repair many different types of medical equipment and machinery, including electrical, mechanical, and hydraulic parts. Others are more highly specialized and trained to fix and maintain only certain types or makes of equipment.

Especially in cases where equipment is computerized, specially-trained repairers often are required to adjust software applications or reconfigure machinery software and hardware. The type and range of maintenance and repair work they do will also determine the kinds of tools, meters, gauges, and other hand-operated equipment they will work with on a daily basis.

The occupation of medical equipment repairer can be an entry-level position, but also with experience and more training it can lead to intermediate and advanced employment opportunities. An experienced medical equipment repairer also may be promoted to a supervisory position. Those who have relevant community or four-year college courses or who earn an associate's degree often have an advantage in seeking initial employment and promotion.

Credentials Needed: Medical equipment repairers are not required to be state licensed or registered. However, there are several voluntary industry-based, skill certifications that support this occupation.

For example, the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) administers skill certifications in three separate specialty areas: Certified Biomedical Equipment Technician (CBET), Certified Radiology Equipment Specialist (CRES), and Certified Laboratory Equipment Specialist (CLES). Each certification has similar overall eligibility requirements, but each tests different knowledge and skill competencies.

To be eligible to take one of these certification exams, an applicant must have either: (1) an associate's degree in a biomedical academic program and two years full-time biomedical equipment technician (BMET) work experience; (2) an associate's degree in electronics technology and three years full-time BMET work experience; (3) completion of a U.S. military biomedical equipment technology program and two years full-time BMET work experience; or (4) four years full-time BMET work experience. Applicants for the CLES also may qualify for other eligibility routes.

Some Key Things to Remember: Medical equipment repairers maintain, repair, adjust, and calibrate a wide range of electronic, electromechanical, and hydraulic equipment used in hospitals and other medical environments, including health practitioners' offices. Education and training requirements for an entry-level medical equipment repairer job may vary considerably based, in part, on the kinds of machinery and equipment for which they are responsible. Training may include college or technical school coursework, a registered apprenticeship program, equipment manufacturer seminars, and on-the-job training.

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Percent Job Growth:  
6% - Slower than average
Typical Wages (National):  
Annual: $36,160 - $62,370    Hourly: $17 - $30
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