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Some of the most dramatic advances in medicine have been in the technology used to diagnose and treat patients. From large x-ray units to small patient monitors, the job of installing and maintaining this equipment is the responsibility of medical equipment repairers.
The equipment repaired ...
runs the gamut from electric wheelchairs, mechanical lifts, hospital beds and customized vehicles to biomedical equipment, hearing aids and surgical instruments. This is a highly technical field. Repairers need to be able to carefully follow complex operating and repair manuals.
Hand and power tools are used, along with specialized diagnostic equipment such as oscilloscopes. A strong knowledge of electronics and mechanical engineering is a must. So is being able to apply advanced mathematics.
Not all the work is technical. Repairers need good communication skills because after the machines are set-up, doctors and other medical staff require instruction on how to operate the equipment properly and safely. There's paperwork, too, logging maintenance and repairs.
Most people learn this profession through on-the-job training. Vocational schools and community colleges offer courses in electronics. Further training by the manufacturer or medical facility is often required. Many patients wouldn't be alive today if not for these highly sophisticated machines - machines that wouldn't be able to operate efficiently and safely if not of medical equipment repairers.
Test, adjust, or repair biomedical or electromedical equipment.
Critical decision making
Level of responsibilities
Job challenge and pressure to meet deadlines
Dealing and handling conflict
Competition for this position
Communication with others
Work closely with team members, clients etc.
Comfort of the work setting
Exposure to extreme environmental conditions
Exposure to job hazards
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Study technical manuals or attend training sessions provided by equipment manufacturers to maintain current knowledge.
Repair shop equipment, metal furniture, or hospital equipment, including welding broken parts or replacing missing parts, or bring item into local shop for major repairs.
Fabricate, dress down, or substitute parts or major new items to modify equipment to meet unique operational or research needs, working from job orders, sketches, modification orders, samples, or discussions with operating officials.
Contribute expertise to develop medical maintenance standard operating procedures.
Solder loose connections, using soldering iron.
Explain or demonstrate correct operation or preventive maintenance of medical equipment to personnel.
Plan and carry out work assignments, using blueprints, schematic drawings, technical manuals, wiring diagrams, or liquid or air flow sheets, following prescribed regulations, directives, or other instructions as required.
Examine medical equipment or facility's structural environment and check for proper use of equipment to protect patients and staff from electrical or mechanical hazards and to ensure compliance with safety regulations.
Evaluate technical specifications to identify equipment or systems best suited for intended use and possible purchase, based on specifications, user needs, or technical requirements.
Keep records of maintenance, repair, and required updates of equipment.
Research catalogs or repair part lists to locate sources for repair parts, requisitioning parts and recording their receipt.
Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment
Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing machines, devices, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of electrical or electronic (not mechanical) principles.
Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles.
Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
Making Decisions and Solving Problems
Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
Controlling Machines and Processes
Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
AREAS OF KNOWLEDGE
Computers and Electronics
Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Engineering and Technology
Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
Customer and Personal Service
Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Education and Training
Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Quality Control Analysis
Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.