Medical Equipment Repairers

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Also known as:
Biomedical Electronics Technician, Biomedical Equipment Technician, BMET, Certified Biomedical Equipment Technician, Dental Equipment Mechanic, Dental Equipment Repairer, Durable Medical Equipment Repairer, Electromedical Equipment Technician, Radiology Equipment Servicer, Surgical Instrument Mechanic

ABOUT MEDICAL EQUIPMENT REPAIRER CAREERS
Video transcript

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.

SNAPSHOT
Test, adjust, or repair biomedical or electromedical equipment.
Leadership
HIGH
Critical decision making
HIGH
Level of responsibilities
LOW
Job challenge and pressure to meet deadlines
HIGH
Dealing and handling conflict
LOW
Competition for this position
MED
Communication with others
HIGH
Work closely with team members, clients etc.
HIGH
Comfort of the work setting
HIGH
Exposure to extreme environmental conditions
LOW
Exposure to job hazards
LOW
Physical demands
LOW
Daily tasks

Contribute expertise to develop medical maintenance standard operating procedures.

Study technical manuals or attend training sessions provided by equipment manufacturers to maintain current knowledge.

Test, evaluate, and classify excess or in-use medical equipment and determine serviceability, condition, and disposition, in accordance with regulations.

Perform preventive maintenance or service, such as cleaning, lubricating, or adjusting equipment.

Evaluate technical specifications to identify equipment or systems best suited for intended use and possible purchase, based on specifications, user needs, or technical requirements.

Explain or demonstrate correct operation or preventive maintenance of medical equipment to personnel.

Solder loose connections, using soldering iron.

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.

Research catalogs or repair part lists to locate sources for repair parts, requisitioning parts and recording their receipt.

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.

Disassemble malfunctioning equipment and remove, repair, or replace defective parts, such as motors, clutches, or transformers.

MAIN ACTIVITIES
Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
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.
Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
Interacting With Computers Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
Documenting/Recording Information Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
AREAS OF KNOWLEDGE
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
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.
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.
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.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Production and Processing Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
TOP SKILLS
Repairing Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
Equipment Maintenance Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
Troubleshooting Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.