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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 (Alabama) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
      Hoover 560 $42,920
      Birmingham 560 $42,920
      Mobile 70 $46,690
      Huntsville 30 $39,370
           
      Metro Area (Alaska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
      Anchorage 70 $63,820
           
      Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
      Scottsdale 480 $36,090
      Mesa 480 $36,090
      Phoenix 480 $36,090
      Tucson 90 $38,510
           
      Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
      Conway 160 $36,460
      North Little Rock 160 $36,460
      Little Rock 160 $36,460
      Hot Springs 30 $26,790
      Jonesboro 30 $29,610
           
      Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
      Anaheim 1300 $52,320
      Los Angeles 1300 $52,320
      Long Beach 1300 $52,320
      Riverside 500 $40,070
      San Bernardino 500 $40,070
      Ontario 500 $40,070
      San Diego 400 $54,160
      Carlsbad 400 $54,160
      Hayward 340 $56,970
      San Francisco 340 $56,970
      Oakland 340 $56,970
      San Jose 150 $65,070
      Sunnyvale 150 $65,070
      Santa Clara 150 $65,070
      Roseville 140 $55,650
      Arden 140 $55,650
      Arcade 140 $55,650
      Sacramento 140 $55,650
      Lodi 70 $50,190
      Stockton 70 $50,190
      Fresno 40 $38,350
      Fairfield 40 $60,470
      Vallejo 40 $60,470
      Arroyo Grande N/A $31,860
      Paso Robles N/A $31,860
      San Luis Obispo N/A $31,860
      Modesto N/A $50,200
           
      Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
      Lakewood 670 $54,110
      Aurora 670 $54,110
      Denver 670 $54,110
      Colorado Springs 100 $43,820
      Pueblo 60 $41,130
      Boulder 60 $48,750
           
      Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
      West Hartford 110 $54,470
      East Hartford 110 $54,470
      Hartford 110 $54,470
      New Haven 80 $50,300
      Bridgeport 50 $55,460
      Stamford 50 $55,460
      Norwalk 50 $55,460
      Danbury 40 $45,020
           
      Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
      West Palm Beach 860 $51,630
      Fort Lauderdale 860 $51,630
      Miami 860 $51,630
      St. Petersburg 670 $46,120
      Tampa 670 $46,120
      Clearwater 670 $46,120
      Jacksonville 540 $36,960
      Orlando 490 $47,240
      Sanford 490 $47,240
      Kissimmee 490 $47,240
      Cape Coral 250 $36,230
      Fort Myers 250 $36,230
      Port St. Lucie 190 $41,400
      Gainesville 90 $38,250
      Titusville 90 $38,650
      Melbourne 90 $38,650
      Palm Bay 90 $38,650
      Ormond Beach 70 $30,070
      Deltona 70 $30,070
      Daytona Beach 70 $30,070
      North Port 70 $35,160
      Bradenton 70 $35,160
      Sarasota 70 $35,160
      Lakeland 60 $36,470
      Winter Haven 60 $36,470
      Tallahassee N/A $42,030
           
      Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
      Roswell 690 $55,640
      Sandy Springs 690 $55,640
      Atlanta 690 $55,640
      Savannah 50 $36,320
           
      Metro Area (Hawaii) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
      Urban Honolulu 50 $48,120
           
      Metro Area (Idaho) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
      Boise City 210 $54,140
           
      Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
      Anderson 640 $53,340
      Carmel 640 $53,340
      Indianapolis 640 $53,340
      Fort Wayne 100 $38,760
           
      Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
      West Des Moines 180 $36,660
      Des Moines 180 $36,660
      Cedar Rapids 40 $53,000
           
      Metro Area (Kansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
      Wichita 170 $36,780
           
      Metro Area (Kentucky) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
      Fayette 60 $59,770
      Lexington 60 $59,770
           
      Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
      Baton Rouge 70 $30,050
      Metairie 70 $30,840
      New Orleans 70 $30,840
      Bossier City 40 N/A
      Shreveport 40 N/A
      Monroe 40 $39,540
           
      Metro Area (Maine) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
      South Portland 70 $57,180
      Portland 70 $57,180
           
      Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
      Towson 470 $52,830
      Columbia 470 $52,830
      Baltimore 470 $52,830
           
      Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
      Dearborn 800 $38,410
      Warren 800 $38,410
      Detroit 800 $38,410
      Wyoming 220 $43,700
      Grand Rapids 220 $43,700
      Flint 100 $46,200
      Ann Arbor 90 N/A
      Saginaw 40 $45,130
      East Lansing N/A $45,740
      Lansing N/A $45,740
           
      Metro Area (Minnesota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
      Rochester 120 N/A
      St. Cloud 50 $36,190
           
      Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
      Jackson 120 $50,670
      Pascagoula 40 $46,150
      Gulfport 40 $46,150
      Biloxi 40 $46,150
           
      Metro Area (Missouri) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
      Springfield 40 $43,310
           
      Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
      Paradise 280 $56,280
      Henderson 280 $56,280
      Las Vegas 280 $56,280
      Reno N/A $52,720
           
      Metro Area (New Mexico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
      Albuquerque 140 $52,850
           
      Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
      Niagara Falls 200 $37,750
      Cheektowaga 200 $37,750
      Buffalo 200 $37,750
      Albany 140 $48,250
      Schenectady 140 $48,250
      Troy 140 $48,250
      Rochester 140 $51,670
      Syracuse 70 $43,930
           
      Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
      Raleigh 270 $45,130
      High Point 190 $44,680
      Greensboro 190 $44,680
      Asheville 60 $43,260
      Greenville 40 $42,280
      Durham 40 $50,580
      Chapel Hill 40 $50,580
           
      Metro Area (North Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
      Bismarck 50 $53,890
           
      Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
      Cleveland 490 $53,040
      Elyria 490 $53,040
      Columbus 400 $48,820
      Akron 120 $46,880
      Dayton 80 $58,200
      Toledo 60 $35,520
      Mansfield 30 $33,980
           
      Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
      Oklahoma City 200 $38,520
      Tulsa 190 $40,350
           
      Metro Area (Oregon) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
      Salem 40 $39,930
      Medford 40 $40,810
      Eugene 40 $54,640
           
      Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
      Pittsburgh 470 $44,880
      Reading 160 $44,340
      Carlisle 110 $36,710
      Harrisburg 110 $36,710
      Hazleton 70 $39,660
      Barre 70 $39,660
      Wilkes 70 $39,660
      Scranton 70 $39,660
      Erie 40 $46,080
      Lancaster 40 $49,920
      Hanover 40 $50,070
      York 40 $50,070
           
      Metro Area (Puerto Rico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
      Caguas 210 $29,650
      Carolina 210 $29,650
      San Juan 210 $29,650
           
      Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
      North Charleston 140 $37,870
      Charleston 140 $37,870
      Columbia 90 $52,300
      Anderson 70 $29,620
      Greenville 70 $29,620
      Mauldin 70 $29,620
      Florence 50 $40,210
      Spartanburg 30 $44,910
           
      Metro Area (South Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
      Sioux Falls 150 $49,390
      Rapid City 50 $40,790
           
      Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
      Franklin 470 $44,890
      Murfreesboro 470 $44,890
      Davidson 470 $44,890
      Nashville 470 $44,890
      Knoxville 130 $42,650
      Johnson City 50 $41,120
      Jackson 30 $32,980
           
      Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
      Arlington 1460 $52,430
      Dallas 1460 $52,430
      Fort Worth 1460 $52,430
      Houston 470 $55,990
      The Woodlands 470 $55,990
      Sugar Land 470 $55,990
      Austin 280 $50,900
      Round Rock 280 $50,900
      San Antonio 240 $46,910
      New Braunfels 240 $46,910
      Lubbock 60 $34,870
      Temple 60 $36,320
      Killeen 60 $36,320
      El Paso 60 $36,630
      Amarillo 40 $27,380
      Tyler 30 $36,470
      Beaumont N/A $33,550
      Port Arthur N/A $33,550
           
      Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
      Salt Lake City 490 $55,900
      Clearfield 90 $51,710
      Ogden 90 $51,710
           
      Metro Area (Vermont) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
      South Burlington 50 $55,740
      Burlington 50 $55,740
           
      Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
      Richmond 170 $53,110
      Roanoke 70 $46,320
      Charlottesville 30 $44,070
           
      Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
      Seattle 870 $51,250
      Bellevue 870 $51,250
      Tacoma 870 $51,250
      Spokane Valley 60 $50,890
      Spokane 60 $50,890
           
      Metro Area (West Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
      Charleston 40 $36,550
      Beckley 40 $41,250
      Morgantown 30 $39,720
           
      Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
      West Allis 290 $49,180
      Waukesha 290 $49,180
      Milwaukee 290 $49,180
      Madison 60 $41,390
      Green Bay 60 $57,340
           
      Metro Area (Wyoming) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
      Cheyenne 40 $39,350

      Most Popular Industries for :
      Medical Equipment Repairers

      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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