Biomedical Equipment Technician

What does a Biomedical Equipment Technician do?

Biomedical equipment technicians inspect, maintain, repair, calibrate and modify instruments and equipment used in medical therapy, diagnosis and research. Technicians may be involved in equipment operation, supervision and control.

What might a Biomedical Equipment Technician do in a workday?

Depending on their specialty, biomedical equipment technicians:

  • install, inspect, maintain and test electronic, electrical, mechanical, hydraulic and pneumatic equipment and instruments.
  • disassemble equipment to locate malfunctions and repair or replace defective parts.
  • re-assemble equipment and adjust precision components according to blueprints and written and verbal instructions.
  • perform safety checks on electrical and radiation equipment.
  • add to or change components to meet specific therapeutic or diagnostic requirements.
  • train people to operate equipment safely.
  • maintain supply inventories and parts and reorder items as needed.
  • repair and maintain equipment used in radiology, nuclear medicine and patient-monitoring operations or airborne biomedical instrumentation.

Developing a Career as a Biomedical Equipment Technician

Biomedical equipment technicians design, construct, develop, install and service biomedical and related equipment. Most biomedical equipment technicians work in hospitals and large clinics with other technicians and hospital or clinic personnel or with biomedical or clinical engineers and scientists. Some work for manufacturers in engineering, sales or service.

How much salary do Biomedical Equipment Technicians make?

Average Salary Range

How do I become a Biomedical Equipment Technician?

Students interested in becoming biomedical equipment technicians should prepare by taking challenging high school courses in science, math and electronics.

Employers often hire and train individuals who have a background in electronics; however, some prefer graduates of formal biomedical equipment technology programs.

Where else can I learn about becoming a Biomedical Equipment Technician?

Professional Associations:

Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation
4301 N. Fairfax Drive
Suite 301
Arlington, VA 22203

(703) 525-4890

American Society of Health Care Engineering of the American Hospital Association
155 N. Wacker Drive
Suite 400
Chicago, IL 60606

(312) 422-3800

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