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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 2015

      Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

           
      Metro Area (Alabama) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
      Birmingham 390 $49,230
      Hoover 390 $49,230
      Mobile 60 $45,210
      Tuscaloosa 30 $33,640
      Huntsville N/A $32,670
           
      Metro Area (Alaska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
      Anchorage 80 $64,040
           
      Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
      Scottsdale 390 $35,340
      Mesa 390 $35,340
      Phoenix 390 $35,340
      Tucson 60 $43,120
           
      Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
      Conway 110 $37,210
      North Little Rock 110 $37,210
      Little Rock 110 $37,210
           
      Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
      Long Beach 950 $53,510
      Los Angeles 950 $53,510
      Anaheim 950 $53,510
      San Bernardino 470 $43,250
      Ontario 470 $43,250
      Riverside 470 $43,250
      San Francisco 310 $49,440
      Oakland 310 $49,440
      Hayward 310 $49,440
      Carlsbad 190 $57,190
      San Diego 190 $57,190
      Roseville 180 $56,940
      Sacramento 180 $56,940
      Arcade 180 $56,940
      Arden 180 $56,940
      Fresno 60 $42,800
      Ventura 50 $50,770
      Thousand Oaks 50 $50,770
      Oxnard 50 $50,770
      Stockton 50 $55,720
      Lodi 50 $55,720
      Visalia 40 $34,370
      Porterville 40 $34,370
      Fairfield 40 $61,970
      Vallejo 40 $61,970
      Paso Robles N/A $32,150
      Arroyo Grande N/A $32,150
      San Luis Obispo N/A $32,150
      Modesto N/A $49,490
           
      Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
      Lakewood 760 $51,290
      Aurora 760 $51,290
      Denver 760 $51,290
      Colorado Springs 130 $45,300
      Pueblo 60 $38,480
      Boulder 40 $44,420
      Fort Collins N/A $57,750
           
      Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
      Hartford 90 $47,470
      East Hartford 90 $47,470
      West Hartford 90 $47,470
      Stamford 80 $52,530
      Bridgeport 80 $52,530
      Norwalk 80 $52,530
      New Haven 70 $50,280
      Danbury N/A $45,010
           
      Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
      West Palm Beach 1080 $42,530
      Fort Lauderdale 1080 $42,530
      Miami 1080 $42,530
      Tampa 990 $40,560
      Clearwater 990 $40,560
      St. Petersburg 990 $40,560
      Jacksonville 560 $36,230
      Sanford 390 $46,790
      Kissimmee 390 $46,790
      Orlando 390 $46,790
      Port St. Lucie 230 $41,100
      Gainesville 140 $37,960
      Fort Myers 120 $30,330
      Cape Coral 120 $30,330
      Deltona 80 $29,160
      Ormond Beach 80 $29,160
      Daytona Beach 80 $29,160
      Palm Bay 70 $41,680
      Titusville 70 $41,680
      Melbourne 70 $41,680
      Ocala 60 $34,710
      Tallahassee 60 $38,090
      Lakeland 50 $36,380
      Winter Haven 50 $36,380
      Bradenton N/A $33,010
      North Port N/A $33,010
      Sarasota N/A $33,010
           
      Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
      Roswell 520 $38,920
      Sandy Springs 520 $38,920
      Atlanta 520 $38,920
      Savannah 50 $35,960
           
      Metro Area (Hawaii) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
      Urban Honolulu 50 $48,290
           
      Metro Area (Idaho) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
      Boise City 180 $49,790
           
      Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
      Peoria 110 $35,600
           
      Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
      Anderson 660 $54,360
      Carmel 660 $54,360
      Indianapolis 660 $54,360
      Fort Wayne 90 $40,360
           
      Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
      West Des Moines 190 $37,350
      Des Moines 190 $37,350
      Iowa City 50 $54,800
      Waterloo 30 $44,250
      Cedar Falls 30 $44,250
      Cedar Rapids 30 $48,510
           
      Metro Area (Kansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
      Wichita 140 $38,610
           
      Metro Area (Kentucky) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
      Fayette 50 N/A
      Lexington 50 N/A
           
      Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
      Metairie 60 $33,710
      New Orleans 60 $33,710
      Baton Rouge 40 $37,790
      Bossier City 40 $38,490
      Shreveport 40 $38,490
      Monroe 40 $40,350
      Lafayette N/A $36,880
           
      Metro Area (Maine) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
      South Portland 80 $57,590
      Portland 80 $57,590
           
      Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
      Towson 560 $52,680
      Columbia 560 $52,680
      Baltimore 560 $52,680
           
      Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
      Dearborn 820 $40,530
      Detroit 820 $40,530
      Warren 820 $40,530
      Grand Rapids 170 $41,240
      Wyoming 170 $41,240
      Ann Arbor 130 $44,980
      Flint 80 $41,120
      Saginaw 30 $33,400
      Kalamazoo N/A $24,190
      Portage N/A $24,190
      Jackson N/A $32,120
      Lansing N/A $43,240
      East Lansing N/A $43,240
           
      Metro Area (Minnesota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
      Rochester 110 N/A
           
      Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
      Jackson 100 $42,640
           
      Metro Area (Missouri) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
      Springfield 60 $40,140
      Columbia 40 $41,020
      Jefferson City N/A $28,720
           
      Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
      Paradise 200 $56,540
      Henderson 200 $56,540
      Las Vegas 200 $56,540
      Reno 130 $48,700
           
      Metro Area (New Mexico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
      Albuquerque 110 $47,130
           
      Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
      Niagara Falls 190 $37,700
      Cheektowaga 190 $37,700
      Buffalo 190 $37,700
      Albany 130 $47,980
      Schenectady 130 $47,980
      Troy 130 $47,980
      Rochester 120 $53,000
      Syracuse 80 $39,920
           
      Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
      High Point 160 $40,690
      Greensboro 160 $40,690
      Winston 130 $54,100
      Salem 130 $54,100
      Raleigh 120 $40,330
      Greenville 40 $45,750
      Asheville 40 $46,750
      Chapel Hill 40 $49,490
      Durham 40 $49,490
      Lenoir 30 $37,500
      Hickory 30 $37,500
      Morganton 30 $37,500
           
      Metro Area (North Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
      Bismarck 40 $53,360
           
      Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
      Cleveland 490 $56,070
      Elyria 490 $56,070
      Columbus 360 $48,720
      Akron 110 $46,230
      Toledo 60 $44,150
      Mansfield N/A $33,950
      Dayton N/A $45,290
           
      Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
      Oklahoma City 200 $37,870
      Tulsa 190 $40,900
           
      Metro Area (Oregon) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
      Medford 50 $35,100
      Eugene 40 $52,600
      Salem 30 $39,320
           
      Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
      Pittsburgh 560 $44,510
      Harrisburg 130 $41,500
      Carlisle 130 $41,500
      Wilkes 60 $42,630
      Barre 60 $42,630
      Hazleton 60 $42,630
      Scranton 60 $42,630
      Lancaster 60 $51,350
      Erie 50 $45,910
      Johnstown 30 $30,290
      Hanover 30 $41,720
      York 30 $41,720
      Reading N/A $52,100
           
      Metro Area (Puerto Rico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
      Caguas 260 $32,580
      Carolina 260 $32,580
      San Juan 260 $32,580
           
      Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
      Columbia 160 $33,600
      Anderson 90 $34,680
      Mauldin 90 $34,680
      Greenville 90 $34,680
      North Charleston 90 $49,240
      Charleston 90 $49,240
      Florence 50 $42,980
      Spartanburg 40 $38,500
           
      Metro Area (South Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
      Sioux Falls 140 $47,530
      Rapid City 40 $42,210
           
      Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
      Murfreesboro 590 $42,330
      Franklin 590 $42,330
      Davidson 590 $42,330
      Nashville 590 $42,330
      Knoxville 110 $38,550
      Johnson City 30 N/A
           
      Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
      Arlington 770 $47,950
      Fort Worth 770 $47,950
      Dallas 770 $47,950
      Houston 600 $47,340
      Sugar Land 600 $47,340
      The Woodlands 600 $47,340
      Round Rock 230 $47,080
      Austin 230 $47,080
      San Antonio 160 $36,130
      New Braunfels 160 $36,130
      Lubbock 60 $36,420
      Temple 50 $35,820
      Killeen 50 $35,820
      Corpus Christi 40 $28,940
      El Paso 40 $29,110
      Amarillo 40 $34,050
      Wichita Falls N/A $33,150
      Port Arthur N/A $34,020
      Beaumont N/A $34,020
      Midland N/A $39,610
           
      Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
      Salt Lake City 330 $55,360
      Clearfield 110 $42,790
      Ogden 110 $42,790
           
      Metro Area (Vermont) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
      South Burlington 40 $50,280
      Burlington 40 $50,280
           
      Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
      Roanoke 100 $47,270
      Richmond 100 $49,890
           
      Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
      Seattle 790 $53,540
      Bellevue 790 $53,540
      Tacoma 790 $53,540
      Spokane Valley 30 $45,130
      Spokane 30 $45,130
           
      Metro Area (West Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
      Morgantown 50 $34,930
      Charleston 40 $42,950
           
      Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
      West Allis 360 $47,000
      Waukesha 360 $47,000
      Milwaukee 360 $47,000
      Madison 60 $40,240

      Most Popular Industries for :
      Medical Equipment Repairers

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

      Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

      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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      Numbers in parentheses are counts of relevant campus-based schools in the state; online schools may also be available.

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