Medical Equipment Repairers
Schools and Education
|Recommended Degree Level||Associate|
|Number of Jobs, 2012||35,740|
|Annual Job Growth Rate||5.1%|
|Job Openings per Year (est.)||2,230|
- An associate's degree in biomedical equipment technology, engineering or electronics is a requirement for most medical equipment repairers.
- Attending schools for training in more complex equipment is often necessary, but employers may supply this, particularly equipment manufacturers.
- Ongoing education is vital for these specialists as biomedical equipment becomes more sophisticated.
- For some technicians, military service provides an education in biomedical equipment technology.
What you study:
Whether through a university, on-the-job learning or military training, the course of study for biomedical equipment specialists typically includes:
- Mechanical engineering
- Electrical engineering
- Computer-aided design
- Human anatomy and physiology
What courses you'll take
Below are examples of courses that you'll likely take as a medical equipment technician student.
|Medical Vocabulary||Learning and understanding basic medical terminology as it applies to biomedical equipment. Prefixes, suffixes, plurals, and abbreviations used to create terms are studied.||Foundation knowledge for understanding equipment technology and communicating with colleagues.|
|Physiology||Underlying physiological principles involved in interfaces between biomedical equipment and patient. Focus on cells, nervous, muscular, circulatory, and respiratory systems.||Core knowledge needed for understanding of advanced equipment technology coursework.|
|Biomedical Circuits and Devices||Understanding of underlying electronics as related to equipment design and operation. Emphasizes individual digital circuitry such as those for amplifiers and switching.||Provide fundamental understanding of equipment circuitry electronics to set groundwork for advanced repair topics.|
|Biomedical Electronic Systems – Basic|| |
Basic science and technology principles behind the measurement of physiological events. An understanding of principles behind electrodes, transducers, amplifiers, and monitoring systems is given.
|Give students basic equipment and electronics knowledge needed to be able to repair and calibrate a wide range of biomedical equipment.|
|Biomedical Electronic Systems – Advanced|| |
More advanced studies cover measurements for cardiology, laboratories, and radiology. Operation and maintenance of specific types of equipment are covered such as those used in respiratory therapy, physical therapy, surgery, ultrasound, and nuclear medicine.
These courses typically include time in a lab to provide hands-on experience in applying studied concepts.
Through advanced topics and lab work fully prepare students for taking on clinical rotations and then a job in industry.
Also this coursework is often intended to ready students to take certification tests available from the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI).
|Clinical Study / Externship||Work experience at a hospital, clinic, equipment maker, service center, or lab.||Bridge a student's classroom knowledge and skills with real-world problem solving. Also give students the experience that will help them land a job in the field.|
|Hospital and Patient Safety||Problem solving of equipment related safety issues. Consideration of risk management and safety programs from the perspective of electrical safety. Relevant electrical standards and codes.||Ready students to apply safe practices in their daily work.|
A quick intro into the work of medical equipment repair techs. Created for the US Dept. of Labor.
Certifications and Licensing
Although most states do not currently require certification, earning certification in various specialties can open more job opportunities for medical equipment repairers. The AAMI certifies specialists in general biomedical equipment technology as well as specializations in radiology equipment and laboratory equipment.
Full-time versus part-time:
Most medical equipment repair specialists work full-time, but for those who are self-employed, hours may be more flexible. Most days are typical eight-hour shifts, unless the specialist offers emergency service. Midnight calls are not common, but they do happen, especially for technicians who work directly for large hospitals.
The profession provides opportunities for those who prefer to travel as well as for those who like to remain in one place. Self-employed technicians and those who work for manufacturers typically travel often; repair personnel who work for major hospitals and health centers generally stay on premises.
- Bureau of Labor Statistics: Medical Equipment Repairers – Visitors to this site will get a broad overview of what medical equipment repair specialists do and the projected demand for the profession. It is an excellent first stop for anyone considering becoming a biomedical equipment technician.
- Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation – This non-profit organization's site focuses on technological advances in medicine for doctors, nurses, biomedical engineers, researchers and technicians. Because it spans so many disciplines, the AAMI site is a wealth of information for prospective medical equipment repairers who also have an interest in other areas of medicine or engineering. A blog and forums with numerous active discussion groups can also be excellent resources for repair specialists.
- Medical Equipment and Technology Association – With resources, publications and career help for biomedical equipment technicians, META serves as a professional organization for these repair and maintenance specialists. Visit the site's links to local, state, national and international associations to find specifics on regional certification and education opportunities.
Salaries by City
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|State||City / Region||Typical Salary||Salary Range||Job Count||% of All Jobs|
|AL||Birmingham - Hoover||$45,000||200||0.04%|
|AR||Little Rock - North Little Rock - Conway||$34,050||110||0.03%|
|AZ||Phoenix - Mesa - Glendale||$49,530||300||0.02%|
|CA||Bakersfield - Delano||$38,300||50||0.02%|
|CA||Los Angeles - Long Beach - Glendale (Metro Area)||$51,120||580||0.02%|
|CA||Oakland - Fremont - Hayward (Metro Area)||$48,850||120||0.01%|
|CA||Oxnard - Thousand Oaks - Ventura||$41,420||50||0.02%|
|CA||Riverside - San Bernardino - Ontario||$45,560||240||0.02%|
|CA||Sacramento - Arden - Arcade - Roseville||$53,960||380||0.05%|
|CA||San Diego - Carlsbad - San Marcos||$50,820||250||0.02%|
|CA||San Francisco - San Mateo - Redwood City (Metro Area)||$52,750||100||0.01%|
|CA||San Jose - Sunnyvale - Santa Clara||$66,340||320||0.04%|
|CA||Santa Ana - Anaheim - Irvine (Metro Area)||$55,700||600||0.04%|
|CO||Denver - Aurora - Broomfield||$42,270||490||0.04%|
|CO||Fort Collins - Loveland||$47,820||50||0.04%|
|CT||Bridgeport - Stamford - Norwalk||$51,300||70||0.02%|
|CT||Hartford - West Hartford - East Hartford||$48,940||70||0.01%|
|DC||Washington - Arlington - Alexandria (Metro Area)||$52,110||250||0.01%|
|DE||Wilmington (Metro Area)||N/A||60||0.02%|
|FL||Cape Coral - Fort Myers||$30,590||60||0.03%|
|FL||Fort Lauderdale - Pompano Beach - Deerfield Beach (Metro Area)||$43,990||340||0.05%|
|FL||Miami - Miami Beach - Kendall (Metro Area)||$41,310||230||0.02%|
|FL||Naples - Marco Island||$44,950||N/A||N/A|
|FL||Orlando - Kissimmee - Sanford||$40,940||250||0.02%|
|FL||Palm Bay - Melbourne - Titusville||$57,820||60||0.03%|
|FL||Port St. Lucie||$29,630||40||0.03%|
|FL||Tampa - St. Petersburg - Clearwater||$41,520||650||0.06%|
|FL||West Palm Beach - Boca Raton - Boynton Beach (Metro Area)||$30,750||N/A||N/A|
|GA||Atlanta - Sandy Springs - Marietta||$42,140||270||0.01%|
|GA||Augusta - Richmond County||$34,190||40||0.02%|
|IA||Des Moines - West Des Moines||$44,800||140||0.04%|
|ID||Boise City - Nampa||$50,950||170||0.06%|
|ID||Coeur d'Alene, ID||$42,360||30||0.06%|
|IL||Chicago - Joliet - Naperville (Metro Area)||$38,280||900||0.02%|
|IL||Lake County - Kenosha County (Metro Area)||$41,140||N/A||N/A|
|IN||Gary (Metro Area)||$37,320||80||0.03%|
|IN||Indianapolis - Carmel||$37,670||690||0.08%|
|IN||South Bend - Mishawaka||$49,410||40||0.04%|
|KY||Lexington - Fayette||$31,340||200||0.08%|
|KY||Louisville - Jefferson County||$43,060||300||0.05%|
|LA||New Orleans - Metairie - Kenner||$42,960||N/A||N/A|
|MA||Boston - Cambridge - Quincy (Metro Area)||$46,420||430||0.03%|
|MA||Haverhill - North Andover - Amesbury (Metro Area)||$44,870||30||0.04%|
|MA||Lowell - Billerica - Chelmsford (Metro Area)||$45,550||60||0.05%|
|MD||Baltimore - Towson||$47,960||420||0.03%|
|MD||Bethesda - Rockville - Frederick (Metro Area)||$47,350||180||0.03%|
|MD||Hagerstown - Martinsburg||$43,000||40||0.04%|
|ME||Portland - South Portland - Biddeford||$52,650||60||0.03%|
|MI||Detroit - Livonia - Dearborn (Metro Area)||$41,610||100||0.01%|
|MI||Grand Rapids - Wyoming||$37,340||100||0.03%|
|MI||Kalamazoo - Portage||$35,700||110||0.08%|
|MI||Lansing - East Lansing||$49,260||70||0.04%|
|MI||Warren - Troy - Farmington Hills (Metro Area)||$44,840||260||0.02%|
|MN||Minneapolis - St. Paul - Bloomington||$53,820||790||0.05%|
|NC||Charlotte - Gastonia - Rock Hill||$44,250||370||0.04%|
|NC||Durham - Chapel Hill||$50,180||140||0.05%|
|NC||Greensboro - High Point||$46,420||110||0.03%|
|NC||Hickory - Lenoir - Morganton||$49,580||40||0.03%|
|NC||Raleigh - Cary||$60,510||120||0.02%|
|NC||Winston - Salem||$50,980||80||0.04%|
|NE||Omaha - Council Bluffs||$58,930||210||0.05%|
|NH||Nashua (Metro Area)||$44,470||40||0.03%|
|NJ||Camden (Metro Area)||$65,580||30||0.01%|
|NJ||Edison - New Brunswick (Metro Area)||$54,340||270||0.03%|
|NJ||Newark - Union (Metro Area)||$52,440||180||0.02%|
|NV||Las Vegas - Paradise||$36,820||160||0.02%|
|NV||Reno - Sparks||$32,050||90||0.05%|
|NY||Albany - Schenectady - Troy||$44,520||120||0.03%|
|NY||Buffalo - Niagara Falls||$39,960||130||0.03%|
|NY||Nassau - Suffolk (Metro Area)||$56,640||360||0.03%|
|NY||New York - White Plains - Wayne (Metro Area)||$51,110||560||0.01%|
|NY||Poughkeepsie - Newburgh - Middletown||$51,850||80||0.03%|
|OH||Canton - Massillon||$35,900||60||0.03%|
|OH||Cincinnati - Middletown||$54,480||350||0.04%|
|OH||Cleveland - Elyria - Mentor||$55,860||510||0.05%|
|OH||Youngstown - Warren - Boardman||$46,490||N/A||N/A|
|OR||Eugene - Springfield||$61,400||50||0.03%|
|OR||Portland - Vancouver - Hillsboro||$52,530||270||0.03%|
|PA||Allentown - Bethlehem - Easton||$41,690||140||0.04%|
|PA||Harrisburg - Carlisle||$38,490||140||0.05%|
|PA||Philadelphia (Metro Area)||$48,690||670||0.04%|
|PA||Scranton - Wilkes - Barre||$33,500||190||0.08%|
|PR||San Juan - Caguas - Guaynabo||$35,460||210||0.03%|
|RI||Providence - Fall River - Warwick||$43,630||190||0.04%|
|SC||Charleston - North Charleston - Summerville||$41,700||N/A||N/A|
|SC||Greenville - Mauldin - Easley||$48,660||60||0.02%|
|TN||Nashville - Davidson - Murfreesboro - Franklin||$42,730||350||0.05%|
|TX||Austin - Round Rock - San Marcos||$46,080||100||0.01%|
|TX||Beaumont - Port Arthur||$33,550||60||0.04%|
|TX||Dallas - Plano - Irving (Metro Area)||$44,670||660||0.03%|
|TX||Fort Worth - Arlington (Metro Area)||$35,840||300||0.03%|
|TX||Houston - Sugar Land - Baytown||$50,300||610||0.02%|
|TX||McAllen - Edinburg - Mission||$21,840||70||0.03%|
|TX||San Antonio - New Braunfels||$32,180||370||0.04%|
|UT||Ogden - Clearfield||$42,800||50||0.03%|
|UT||Provo - Orem||$48,400||40||0.02%|
|UT||Salt Lake City||$60,520||400||0.06%|
|VA||Virginia Beach - Norfolk - Newport News||$32,940||120||0.02%|
|VT||Burlington - South Burlington||$50,530||40||0.03%|
|WA||Seattle - Bellevue - Everett (Metro Area)||$50,950||660||0.05%|
|WA||Tacoma (Metro Area)||$45,160||100||0.04%|
|WI||Milwaukee - Waukesha - West Allis||$54,980||470||0.06%|
|WV||Huntington - Ashland||$41,140||80||0.07%|