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Whether it's fixing an electric wheelchair or inspecting ultrasound equipment, medical equipment repairers need to have the knowledge and skills to fix machinery used in a wide range of healthcare services. These workers typically work within healthcare settings, using specialized tools and diagnostic equipment.

Medical Equipment Repair Schools

The general minimum for entry in this field is a two-year associate degree program in biomedical equipment technology or a similar engineering program. Students can chose from medical equipment repair schools offering on-campus programs, online degree programs or a combination of the two. A bachelor's degree may be required for entry-level positions for those who want to work with more sophisticated equipment, such as defibrillators or complex imaging scanners. The following is a list of schools offering a range of degree types that apply to this field:

  • Wayne County Community College District: This community college located in downtown Detroit offers an associate degree in biomedical equipment repair technology. The program provides students with proficiency in the highly technical equipment and tools used in health care facilities.
  • Tallahassee Community College: Located in Tallahassee, Florida, this community college offers a central sterile processing technologist certificate. These technicians are a type of medical equipment repairer that specialize in sterilizing reusable surgical equipment.
  • Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis: This public research university offers an associate degree in biomedical engineering technology that prepares graduates for a career as a biomedical engineering technician.
  • Brown Mackie College: This college's associate degree in biomedical equipment technology gives students the skills they need to inspect and repair medical equipment within a fast-paced healthcare setting. Brown Mackie College is located in Greenville, South Carolina.

Medical Equipment Repair Education Requirements

An associate degree in biomedical equipment technology or engineering usually covers the medical equipment repairer education requirements. In a degree program, students often learn about:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Circuit Analysis
  • Digital Logic
  • Electronics
  • Math for Digital Electronics

    A bachelor's degree can be advantageous for advancement or for those who want to specialize in a certain area, such as working on imaging equipment, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

    Medical Equipment Repair Certification and Licensing

    While an associate degree is typically needed to enter the field, follow-up training from about three to six months often occurs on the job so that medical equipment repairers can gain even more skills and insight. Medical equipment repairer training should be a regular and expected part of the job.

    Medical equipment repairers can attain certification which can help them become more competitive in the field. Though it is not necessary for employment, these certification programs help medical repair technicians stay up-to-date with ever-changing medical technology. Applicants with certifications are often more likely to be promoted than applicants without certifications, according to the BLS. The Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) has certification available in three areas, including:

    • Certified Biomedical Equipment Technician (CBET)
    • Certified Radiology Equipment Specialists (CRES)
    • Certified Laboratory Equipment Specialist (CLEB)

    Licensing is not necessary to a medical equipment repair career. Instead, medical equipment repairers can seek certification if they want to show that they are competent and knowledgeable.

    Resources for Medical Equipment Repairers

      Sources:

      1. Biomedical Equipment Repair Technology, Wayne County Community College District. http://www.wcccd.edu/academic/pdfs/Bio-Medical%20Repair%20PS%209-2014%20FINAL.pdf
      2. Brown Mackie College, https://www.brownmackie.edu/areas-of-study/healthcare-and-wellness/tucson-biomedical-equipment-technology-associate-of-applied-science
      3. Devry University, http://www.devry.edu/universities/search-locations.biomedical-engineering-technology.html
      4. Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis, http://www.iupui.edu/~cletcrse/webpages/bmet.html
      5. Medical Equipment Repairers, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/installation-maintenance-and-repair/medical-equipment-repairers.htm
      6. Medical Equipment Repairers, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes499062.htm
      7. Summary Report for Medical Equipment Repairers, O*NET OnLine. http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/49-9062.00
      8. Tallahassee Community College, http://catalog.tcc.fl.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=10&poid=117

      Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for:
      Medical Equipment Repairers

      Listed below are metro areas sorted by the total number of people employed in Medical Equipment Repairers jobs , as of 2016

      2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

           
      Metro Area Total Employment Annual Median Salary
      Fort Worth 1460 $52,430
      Arlington 1460 $52,430
      Dallas 1460 $52,430
      Anaheim 1300 $52,320
      Los Angeles 1300 $52,320
      Long Beach 1300 $52,320
      Bellevue 870 $51,250
      Seattle 870 $51,250
      Tacoma 870 $51,250
      Miami 860 $51,630
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      Industries representing at least 1% of total jobs for the occupation.

      2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

      Industry Jobs Percent Annual Median Salary
      Durable Goods Wholesale 9,360 27% $42,950
      Hospital 6,950 20% $46,050
      Maintenance And Repair 5,790 17% $44,900
      Medical Office 2,790 8% $39,150
      Rental And Lease 2,680 7% $29,570
      Drug Stores 2,370 7% $32,770
      Online Wholesale 970 2% $36,490
      Electronics And Computer 580 1% $46,990
      Office Services And Staffing 430 1% $45,050
      Miscellaneous Manufacturing 430 1% $41,020
      Government 390 1% $49,180
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