Biomedical Equipment Technicians

Biomedical equipment technicians, also known as medical equipment repairers, handle the complex medical equipment and instruments found in hospitals, clinics, and research facilities. This equipment is used for medical therapy and diagnosis and includes heart-lung machines, artificial kidney machines, patient monitors, chemical analyzers, and other electrical, electronic, mechanical, or pneumatic devices.

Technicians' main duties are to inspect, maintain, repair, and install this equipment. They disassemble equipment to locate malfunctioning components, repair or replace defective parts, and reassemble the equipment, adjusting and calibrating it to ensure that it operates according to manufacturers' specifications. Other duties of biomedical equipment technicians include modifying equipment according to the directions of medical or supervisory personnel, arranging with equipment manufacturers for necessary equipment repair, and safety-testing equipment to ensure that patients, equipment operators, and other staff members are safe from electrical or mechanical hazards. Biomedical equipment technicians work with hand tools, power tools, measuring devices, and manufacturers' manuals.

Technicians may work for equipment manufacturers as salespeople or as service technicians, or for a health care facility specializing in the repair or maintenance of specific equipment, such as that used in radiology, nuclear medicine, or patient monitoring. Approximately 35,740 people work as biomedical equipment technicians in the United States.

Quick Facts
Duties Inspect, maintain, repair, and install complex medical equipment and instruments
Alternate Title(s) Medical Equipment Repairers
Salary Range $25,000 to $75,000
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, metropolitan areas
Education and Training
  • Associate's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Mathematics
  • Technical/Shop
Experience Students should obtain as much experience in the field as possible by participating in summer internships and part-time jobs
  • Computer
  • Math
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Problem-Solving
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification Recommended
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Biomedical Engineer
  • Supervisor
  • Experienced Biomedical Equipment Technician
  • Entry-Level Biomedical Equipment Technician