Biomedical engineering technicians test, repair, and maintain medical equipment, such as CAT scanners, x-ray machines, electronic hospital beds, heart monitors, and ultrasound devices. The majority of employers will require that you have at least an Associate's degree or Bachelor's degree in medical technology or electronics. However, some employers will accept military experience and training that is equivalent. Other responsibilities may include preventative maintenance, installations, repairing hydraulic and electronic devices, and calibrating equipment.
In obtaining your Associate's degree or Bachelor's degree you will take a variety of courses. Some courses may include biomedical equipment repair, electronics, medical technology, and other related courses. It is recommended that you obtain a Bachelor's degree because this will give you more education and knowledge to perform the job, and will make more jobs available. Obtaining your Biomedical Equipment Technician certification is highly recommended, and sometimes required by some employers. This certification is obtained through the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation.
Having certain skills will ensure you can do your job effectively and successfully. You must be able to use a variety of devices and tools ranging from multimeters and computers, to soldering irons, to basic hand tools. You must be committed to constantly keeping up-to-date with new technology, procedures and skills in order to repair and maintain precision equipment like heart monitors and CAT scanners. Biomedical engineering technology is a rapidly developing and growing field and you must be able to keep up with it. Other beneficial skills include strong problem-solving skills, strong communication skills, being very detail-oriented, data entry skills, and word processing skills. If you are a senior-level technician, or striving to become one, you must be able to read technical documentation and mechanical drawings. You must also be responsible, able to work as part of a team, able to work alone when necessary, and sometimes, available at odd hours.
You may find employment with medical suppliers, hospitals and other medical facilities, and facilities management companies. It is estimated that job growth is about 22 percent for medical equipment repair professionals through 2016. If you have up-to-date certification and skills, and an advanced knowledge of electronics, there will be more job opportunities available to you. The average median salary for technicians in this field is about $51,100.