Medical Equipment Maintenance
What it is
Medical equipment repair and maintenanceworkers install, repair and maintain medical equipment to ensure it is clean, safe and functioning properly. Biomedical equipment technicians use computers with specialized software, hand tools and machining equipment to diagnose and fix problems with a wide variety of healthcare technology. They may work on X-ray and ultrasound machines, respirators and heart defibrillators, electric wheelchairs and hospital beds, or medical laboratory equipment. Medical equipment preparers set up and disinfect laboratory and healthcare equipment so it is safe and ready to use.
What it's like
Medical equipment repair jobs are available in hospitals, clinics and private medical practices. Medical equipment preparers may also work in medical laboratories. Medical equipment repair workers typically work normal, daytime hours, although those working in hospitals may be expected to be on call if equipment breaks down during the night or on a weekend.
Medical equipment maintenance jobs involve identifying and solving practical, hands-on problems with tools and machinery. Medical equipment preparers follow procedures for sterilizing equipment. Biomedical equipment technicians must be comfortable working around patients. When equipment needs to be repaired while it’s in use, the repairer must be careful the repairs don’t disturb the patient.
What it takes
Medical equipment preparers receive on-the-job training, although some employers may prefer certification as a sterile processing technician. Biomedical equipment technicians are required to earn an associate’s degree, although some employers may only require a high-school diploma and provide on-the-job training. They may also earn a bachelor’s degree in a related field, like electronic technology.
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