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Medical Equipment Repairers: Schools and Careers

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Medical Equipment Repairers

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

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      Metro Areas Rated for Popularity for:
      Medical Equipment Repairers

      Listed below are metro areas ranked by the popularity of jobs for Medical Equipment Repairers relative to the population of the city, as of 2008. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

      A Relative Popularity of 1.0 means that the city has an average number of the particular job, for its population, compared to the rest of the US. Higher numbers mean proportionally more jobs of that type.

      Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

      Metro Area Jobs Salary
      (2013)
      Relative
      Popularity

      Alabama

           
      Birmingham 390 $49230 2.66
      Hoover 390 $49230 2.66
      Huntsville 0 $32670 0
      Mobile 60 $45210 1.1
      Tuscaloosa 30 $33640 1.09

      Alaska

           
      Anchorage 80 $64040 1.59

      Arizona

           
      Phoenix 390 $35340 0.69
      Mesa 390 $35340 0.69
      Scottsdale 390 $35340 0.69
      Tucson 60 $43120 0.6

      Arkansas

           
      Little Rock 110 $37210 1.05
      North Little Rock 110 $37210 1.05
      Conway 110 $37210 1.05

      California

           
      Fresno 60 $42800 0.62
      Oxnard 50 $50770 0.58
      Thousand Oaks 50 $50770 0.58
      Ventura 50 $50770 0.58
      Riverside 470 $43250 1.2
      San Bernardino 470 $43250 1.2
      Ontario 470 $43250 1.2
      Sacramento 180 $56940 0.68
      Roseville 180 $56940 0.68
      Arden 180 $56940 0.68
      Arcade 180 $56940 0.68
      Los Angeles 950 $53510 0.57
      Long Beach 950 $53510 0.57
      Anaheim 950 $53510 0.57
      Modesto 0 $49490 0
      San Diego 190 $57190 0.48
      Carlsbad 190 $57190 0.48
      Stockton 50 $55720 0.74
      Lodi 50 $55720 0.74
      San Francisco 310 $49440 0.48
      Oakland 310 $49440 0.48
      Hayward 310 $49440 0.48
      Vallejo 40 $61970 1.13
      Fairfield 40 $61970 1.13
      Visalia 40 $34370 1.01
      Porterville 40 $34370 1.01
      San Luis Obispo 0 $32150 0
      Paso Robles 0 $32150 0
      Arroyo Grande 0 $32150 0

      Colorado

           
      Fort Collins 0 $57750 0
      Boulder 40 $44420 0.73
      Colorado Springs 130 $45300 1.66
      Denver 760 $51290 1.87
      Aurora 760 $51290 1.87
      Lakewood 760 $51290 1.87
      Pueblo 60 $38480 3.68

      Connecticut

           
      Hartford 90 $47470 0.51
      West Hartford 90 $47470 0.51
      East Hartford 90 $47470 0.51
      New Haven 70 $50280 0.87
      Bridgeport 80 $52530 0.66
      Stamford 80 $52530 0.66
      Norwalk 80 $52530 0.66
      Danbury 0 $45010 0

      Florida

           
      Gainesville 140 $37960 3.65
      Jacksonville 560 $36230 3.02
      Cape Coral 120 $30330 1.75
      Fort Myers 120 $30330 1.75
      Deltona 80 $29160 1.49
      Daytona Beach 80 $29160 1.49
      Ormond Beach 80 $29160 1.49
      Orlando 390 $46790 1.17
      Kissimmee 390 $46790 1.17
      Sanford 390 $46790 1.17
      Palm Bay 70 $41680 1.19
      Melbourne 70 $41680 1.19
      Titusville 70 $41680 1.19
      Port St. Lucie 230 $41100 5.79
      Lakeland 50 $36380 0.76
      Winter Haven 50 $36380 0.76
      Miami 1080 $42530 1.49
      Fort Lauderdale 1080 $42530 1.49
      West Palm Beach 1080 $42530 1.49
      North Port 0 $33010 0
      Sarasota 0 $33010 0
      Bradenton 0 $33010 0
      Ocala 60 $34710 2.17
      Tallahassee 60 $38090 1.16
      Tampa 990 $40560 2.73
      St. Petersburg 990 $40560 2.73
      Clearwater 990 $40560 2.73

      Georgia

           
      Atlanta 520 $38920 0.7
      Sandy Springs 520 $38920 0.7
      Roswell 520 $38920 0.7
      Savannah 50 $35960 0.98

      Hawaii

           
      Urban Honolulu 50 $48290 0.38

      Idaho

           
      Boise City 180 $49790 2.08

      Illinois

           
      Peoria 110 $35600 2.14

      Indiana

           
      Fort Wayne 90 $40360 1.43
      Indianapolis 660 $54360 2.22
      Carmel 660 $54360 2.22
      Anderson 660 $54360 2.22

      Iowa

           
      Iowa City 50 $54800 2.04
      Cedar Rapids 30 $48510 0.82
      Des Moines 190 $37350 1.83
      West Des Moines 190 $37350 1.83
      Waterloo 30 $44250 1.15
      Cedar Falls 30 $44250 1.15

      Kansas

           
      Wichita 140 $38610 1.61

      Kentucky

           
      Lexington 50 $0 0.64
      Fayette 50 $0 0.64

      Louisiana

           
      Baton Rouge 40 $37790 0.33
      Lafayette 0 $36880 0
      Monroe 40 $40350 1.64
      New Orleans 60 $33710 0.37
      Metairie 60 $33710 0.37
      Shreveport 40 $38490 0.66
      Bossier City 40 $38490 0.66

      Maine

           
      Portland 80 $57590 1.31
      South Portland 80 $57590 1.31

      Maryland

           
      Baltimore 560 $52680 1.43
      Columbia 560 $52680 1.43
      Towson 560 $52680 1.43

      Michigan

           
      Ann Arbor 130 $44980 2.03
      Flint 80 $41120 2.13
      Grand Rapids 170 $41240 1.11
      Wyoming 170 $41240 1.11
      Jackson 0 $32120 0
      Detroit 820 $40530 1.45
      Warren 820 $40530 1.45
      Dearborn 820 $40530 1.45
      Saginaw 30 $33400 1.4
      Lansing 0 $43240 0
      East Lansing 0 $43240 0
      Kalamazoo 0 $24190 0
      Portage 0 $24190 0

      Minnesota

           
      Rochester 110 $0 3.43

      Mississippi

           
      Jackson 100 $42640 1.33

      Missouri

           
      Jefferson City 0 $28720 0
      Columbia 40 $41020 1.35
      Springfield 60 $40140 0.97

      Nevada

           
      Reno 130 $48700 2.21
      Las Vegas 200 $56540 0.75
      Henderson 200 $56540 0.75
      Paradise 200 $56540 0.75

      New Mexico

           
      Albuquerque 110 $47130 1.03

      New York

           
      Albany 130 $47980 1
      Schenectady 130 $47980 1
      Troy 130 $47980 1
      Buffalo 190 $37700 1.2
      Cheektowaga 190 $37700 1.2
      Niagara Falls 190 $37700 1.2
      Rochester 120 $53000 0.77
      Syracuse 80 $39920 0.88

      North Carolina

           
      Asheville 40 $46750 0.77
      Greensboro 160 $40690 1.5
      High Point 160 $40690 1.5
      Greenville 40 $45750 1.79
      Hickory 30 $37500 0.75
      Lenoir 30 $37500 0.75
      Morganton 30 $37500 0.75
      Durham 40 $49490 0.45
      Chapel Hill 40 $49490 0.45
      Raleigh 120 $40330 0.71
      Winston 130 $54100 1.75
      Salem 130 $54100 1.75

      North Dakota

           
      Bismarck 40 $53360 1.83

      Ohio

           
      Akron 110 $46230 1.14
      Cleveland 490 $56070 1.62
      Elyria 490 $56070 1.62
      Columbus 360 $48720 1.21
      Dayton 0 $45290 0
      Mansfield 0 $33950 0
      Toledo 60 $44150 0.72

      Oklahoma

           
      Oklahoma City 200 $37870 1.11
      Tulsa 190 $40900 1.48

      Oregon

           
      Eugene 40 $52600 0.88
      Salem 30 $39320 0.71
      Medford 50 $35100 1.93

      Pennsylvania

           
      Harrisburg 130 $41500 1.34
      Carlisle 130 $41500 1.34
      Johnstown 30 $30290 2.14
      Erie 50 $45910 1.22
      Pittsburgh 560 $44510 1.67
      Reading 0 $52100 0
      Lancaster 60 $51350 0.8
      Scranton 60 $42630 0.82
      Wilkes 60 $42630 0.82
      Barre 60 $42630 0.82
      Hazleton 60 $42630 0.82
      York 30 $41720 0.63
      Hanover 30 $41720 0.63

      Puerto Rico

           
      San Juan 260 $32580 1.31
      Carolina 260 $32580 1.31
      Caguas 260 $32580 1.31

      South Carolina

           
      Florence 50 $42980 2.04
      Greenville 90 $34680 0.78
      Anderson 90 $34680 0.78
      Mauldin 90 $34680 0.78
      Charleston 90 $49240 0.95
      North Charleston 90 $49240 0.95
      Columbia 160 $33600 1.45
      Spartanburg 40 $38500 1.07

      South Dakota

           
      Rapid City 40 $42210 2.16
      Sioux Falls 140 $47530 3.22

      Tennessee

           
      Johnson City 30 $0 1.49
      Knoxville 110 $38550 0.97
      Nashville 590 $42330 2.23
      Davidson 590 $42330 2.23
      Murfreesboro 590 $42330 2.23
      Franklin 590 $42330 2.23

      Texas

           
      Amarillo 40 $34050 1.31
      Austin 230 $47080 0.84
      Round Rock 230 $47080 0.84
      Houston 600 $47340 0.69
      The Woodlands 600 $47340 0.69
      Sugar Land 600 $47340 0.69
      Beaumont 0 $34020 0
      Port Arthur 0 $34020 0
      Corpus Christi 40 $28940 0.76
      Dallas 770 $47950 0.78
      Fort Worth 770 $47950 0.78
      Arlington 770 $47950 0.78
      El Paso 40 $29110 0.43
      Killeen 50 $35820 1.38
      Temple 50 $35820 1.38
      San Antonio 160 $36130 0.57
      New Braunfels 160 $36130 0.57
      Lubbock 60 $36420 1.57
      Midland 0 $39610 0
      Wichita Falls 0 $33150 0

      Utah

           
      Salt Lake City 330 $55360 1.71
      Ogden 110 $42790 1.65
      Clearfield 110 $42790 1.65

      Vermont

           
      Burlington 40 $50280 1.03
      South Burlington 40 $50280 1.03

      Virginia

           
      Richmond 100 $49890 0.55
      Roanoke 100 $47270 2.14

      Washington

           
      Seattle 790 $53540 1.47
      Tacoma 790 $53540 1.47
      Bellevue 790 $53540 1.47
      Spokane 30 $45130 0.53
      Spokane Valley 30 $45130 0.53

      West Virginia

           
      Charleston 40 $42950 1.2
      Morgantown 50 $34930 2.91

      Wisconsin

           
      Madison 60 $40240 0.54
      Milwaukee 360 $47000 1.47
      Waukesha 360 $47000 1.47
      West Allis 360 $47000 1.47
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      Most Popular Industries (as of 2008) for:
      Medical Equipment Repairers

      Industries representing at least 1% of total jobs for the occupation.

      Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

      Industry Jobs Percent Salary
      (2008)
      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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