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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

      Medical Equipment Repairers Skills

      Below are the skills needed to be medical equipment repairers according to their importance on the scale of 1 to 5 (1 being lowest and 5 being highest) and competency level on a scale of 1 to 7 (1 being lowest and 7 being highest).

         
      Skill NameImportanceCompetence
      Repairing44
      Troubleshooting44
      Equipment Maintenance44
      Operation Monitoring3.383.62
      Quality Control Analysis3.383.62

      Medical Equipment Repairers Abilities

      Below are the abilities needed to be medical equipment repairers according to their importance on the scale of 1 to 5 (1 being lowest and 5 being highest) and competency level on a scale of 1 to 7 (1 being lowest and 7 being highest).

         
      Ability NameImportanceCompetence
      Finger Dexterity3.884
      Problem Sensitivity3.883.38
      Near Vision3.54
      Deductive Reasoning3.53.5
      Information Ordering3.383.88

      Medical Equipment Repairers Knowledge

      Below are the knowledge areas needed to be medical equipment repairers according to their importance on the scale of 1 to 5 (1 being lowest and 5 being highest) and competency level on a scale of 1 to 7 (1 being lowest and 7 being highest).

         
      Knowledge AreaImportanceCompetence
      Mechanical4.345.2
      Computers and Electronics4.034.64
      Customer and Personal Service3.73.72
      Education and Training3.554.45
      Engineering and Technology3.524

      Medical Equipment Repairers Work activities

      Below are the work activities involved in being medical equipment repairers according to their importance on the scale of 1 to 5 (1 being lowest and 5 being highest) and competency level on a scale of 1 to 7 (1 being lowest and 5 being highest).

         
      Work ActivityImportanceCompetence
      Getting Information4.43.96
      Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards4.334.69
      Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment4.335.48
      Making Decisions and Solving Problems4.314.81
      Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material4.284.52

      Medical Equipment Repairers Work styles

      Below are the work styles involved in being medical equipment repairers according to their importance on the scale of 1 to 5 (1 being lowest and 5 being highest).

         
      Work StyleImportance
      Attention to Detail4.59
      Dependability4.4
      Analytical Thinking4.2
      Integrity4.09
      Cooperation4.08

      Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for
      Medical Equipment Repairers

      Listed below are the 10 largest metro areas based on the total number of people employed in Medical Equipment Repairers jobs , as of 2017

         
      Metro AreaTotal EmploymentAnnual Mean Salary
      Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington1,460$53,660
      Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim1,300$56,580
      Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue870$55,790
      Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach860$53,030
      Detroit-Warren-Dearborn800$41,260
      Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell690$56,390
      Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater670$48,750
      Denver-Aurora-Lakewood670$55,300
      Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson640$55,820
      Birmingham-Hoover560$47,040

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      Total employment and salary for professions similar to medical equipment repairers

      Source : 2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2016-26 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; O*NET® 22.1 Database, O*NET OnLine, National Center for O*NET Development, Employment & Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, onetonline.org

      Most Popular Industries for
      Medical Equipment Repairers

      These industries represent at least 1% of the total number of people employed in this occupation.

      IndustryTotal EmploymentPercentAnnual Median Salary
      Durable Goods Wholesale9,36027%$42,950
      Hospital6,95020%$46,050
      Maintenance And Repair5,79017%$44,900
      Medical Office2,7908%$39,150
      Rental And Lease2,6807%$29,570
      Drug Stores2,3707%$32,770
      Online Wholesale9702%$36,490
      Electronics And Computer5801%$46,990
      Office Services And Staffing4301%$45,050
      Miscellaneous Manufacturing4301%$41,020
      Government3901%$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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