Biomedical Equipment Technician
Biomedical equipment technicians inspect, maintain, repair, calibrate and modify instruments and equipment used in medical therapy, diagnosis and research. Technicians may be involved in equipment operation, supervision and control.
Depending on their specialty, biomedical equipment technicians:
• install, inspect, maintain and test electronic, electrical, mechanical,
hydraulic and pneumatic equipment and instruments.
• disassemble equipment to locate malfunctions and repair or replace
• re-assemble equipment and adjust precision components according
to blueprints and written and verbal instructions.
• perform safety checks on electrical and radiation equipment.
• add to or change components to meet specific therapeutic or diagnostic
• train people to operate equipment safely.
• maintain supply inventories and parts and reorder items as needed.
• repair and maintain equipment used in radiology, nuclear medicine and
patient-monitoring operations or airborne biomedical instrumentation.
Biomedical engineering technicians design, construct, develop, install and servicebiomedical and related equipment. Most biomedical equipment technicians workin hospitals and large clinics with other technicians and hospital or clinic personnelor with biomedical or clinical engineers and scientists. Some work for manufacturersin engineering, sales or service.
Average Salary Range
$18,000 – $40,000
Students interested in becoming biomedical equipment technicians should prepare by taking challenging high school courses in science, math and electronics. Employers often hire and train individuals who have a background in electronics; however, some prefer graduates of formal
biomedical equipment technology programs.
Association for the Advancement
of Medical Instrumentation
1110 N. Glebe St., Suite 220
Arlington, VA 22201-4796