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Working As An Equipment Specialist

  • Getting Information
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • $74,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Equipment Specialist Do

Medical equipment repairers install, maintain, and repair patient care equipment.

Duties

Medical equipment repairers typically do the following:

  • Install medical equipment
  • Test and calibrate parts and equipment
  • Repair and replace parts
  • Perform preventive maintenance and service
  • Keep records of maintenance and repairs
  • Review technical manuals and regularly attend training sessions
  • Explain and demonstrate how to operate medical equipment
  • Manage replacement of medical equipment

Medical equipment repairers, also known as biomedical equipment technicians (BMET), repair a wide range of electronic, electromechanical, and hydraulic equipment used in hospitals and health practitioners’ offices. They may work on patient monitors, defibrillators, ventilators, anesthesia machines, and other life-supporting equipment. They also may work on medical imaging equipment (x rays, CAT scanners, and ultrasound equipment), voice-controlled operating tables, and electric wheelchairs. In addition, they repair medical equipment that dentists and eye doctors’ use.

If a machine has problems or is not functioning to its potential, repairers first diagnose the problem. They then adjust the mechanical, electronic, or hydraulic parts or modify the software in order to recalibrate the equipment and fix the issue.

To do their work, medical equipment repairers use a variety of tools. Most use hand tools, such as screwdrivers, wrenches, and soldering irons. Others use electronic tools, such as multimeters (an electronic measuring device that combines several measures) and computers. Much of the equipment that they maintain and repair use specialized test-equipment software. Repairers use this software to calibrate the machines.

Many doctors, particularly specialty practitioners, rely on complex medical devices to run tests and diagnose patients, and they must be confident that the readings are accurate. Therefore, medical equipment repairers sometimes perform routine scheduled maintenance to ensure that sophisticated equipment, such as x-ray machines and CAT scanners, are in good working order. For less complicated equipment, such as electric hospital beds, workers make repairs as needed.

In a hospital setting, medical equipment repairers must be comfortable working around patients because repairs occasionally must take place while equipment is being used. When this is the case, the repairer must take great care to ensure that their work activities do not disturb patients.

Although some medical equipment repairers are trained to fix a variety of equipment, others specialize in repairing one or a small number of machines.

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How To Become An Equipment Specialist

Employers generally prefer candidates who have an associate’s degree in biomedical technology or engineering. Depending on the area of specialization, repairers may need a bachelor’s degree, especially for advancement.

Education

Education requirements for medical equipment repairers vary, depending on a worker’s experience and area of specialization. However, the most common education is an associate’s degree in biomedical equipment technology or engineering. Those who repair less-complicated equipment, such as hospital beds and electric wheelchairs, may learn entirely through on-the-job training, sometimes lasting up to 1 year. Repairers who work on more sophisticated equipment, such as CAT scanners and defibrillators, may need a bachelor’s degree.

Training

New workers generally observe and help experienced repairers for 3 to 6 months to start. As they learn, workers gradually become more independent while still under supervision.

Each piece of equipment is different, so medical equipment repairers must learn each one separately. In some cases, this requires studying a machine’s technical specifications and operating manual. Medical device manufacturers also may provide technical training.

Medical equipment technology is rapidly evolving, and new devices are frequently introduced. Repairers must continually update their skills and knowledge of new technologies and equipment through seminars and self-study. The original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) may also offer training.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Although not mandatory, certification can demonstrate competence and professionalism, making candidates more attractive to employers. It can also increase a repairer’s opportunities for advancement. Most manufacturers and employers, particularly those in hospitals, often pay for their in-house medical repairers to become certified.

Some associations offer certifications for medical equipment repairers. For example, the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) offers certification in three specialty areas—Certified Biomedical Equipment Technician (CBET), Certified Radiology Equipment Specialists (CRES), and Certified Laboratory Equipment Specialist (CLES).

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Medical equipment repairers must effectively communicate technical information by telephone, in writing, and in person when speaking to clients, supervisors, and co-workers.

Dexterity. Many tasks, such as connecting or attaching parts and using hand tools, require a steady hand and good hand-eye coordination.

Mechanical skills. Medical equipment repairers must be familiar with medical components and systems and how they interact. Often, repairers must disassemble and reassemble major parts for repair.

Physical stamina. Standing, crouching, and bending in awkward positions are common when making repairs to equipment. Therefore, workers should be physically fit.

Technical skills. Technicians use sophisticated diagnostic tools when working on complex medical equipment. They must be familiar with both the equipment’s internal parts and the appropriate tools needed to fix them.

Time-management skills. Because repairing vital medical equipment is urgent, workers must make good use of their time and perform repairs quickly.

Troubleshooting skills. As medical equipment becomes more intricate, problems become more difficult to identify. Therefore, repairers must be able to find and solve problems that are not immediately apparent.

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Equipment Specialist Career Paths

Equipment Specialist
Field Service Technician Service Manager Project Manager
Contract Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Service Manager Operations Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Technician Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Technician Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Technician Production Supervisor Warehouse Manager
Logistics Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Electronics Technician Electrician Maintenance Manager
Facilities Maintenance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Electronics Technician Maintenance Supervisor Operation Supervisor
Logistics Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Electronics Technician Laboratory Technician Research Associate
Laboratory Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Logistics Management Specialist Logistics Analyst Buyer
Contracts Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Logistics Management Specialist Logistics Analyst Warehouse Manager
Fleet Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Logistics Management Specialist Logistics Analyst Supply Chain Manager
Director Of Supply Chain Management
11 Yearsyrs
Specialist Quality Assurance Specialist Quality Assurance Manager
Director Of Quality
14 Yearsyrs
Specialist Officer Operations Officer
Branch Chief
9 Yearsyrs
Specialist Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Production Supervisor Logistics Manager
Logistics Program Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Engineering Supervisor Leading Petty Officer
Division Chief
9 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Senior Technologist Senior Specialist
Property Management Specialist
7 Yearsyrs
Account Executive Senior Sales Representative Solutions Manager
Business Solutions Manager
10 Yearsyrs
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Equipment Specialist Demographics

Gender

Male

74.0%

Female

17.5%

Unknown

8.5%
Ethnicity

White

62.3%

Hispanic or Latino

16.0%

Black or African American

12.3%

Asian

5.9%

Unknown

3.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

60.0%

French

7.1%

Carrier

5.9%

German

4.7%

Italian

4.7%

Japanese

3.5%

Arabic

3.5%

Russian

2.4%

Portuguese

1.2%

Chinese

1.2%

Yoruba

1.2%

Braille

1.2%

Mandarin

1.2%

Ningbo

1.2%

Polish

1.2%
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Equipment Specialist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

17.9%

Community College of the Air Force

16.4%

Ashford University

6.2%

Central Texas College

6.2%

Defense Acquisition University

4.1%

Columbia Southern University

3.8%

The Academy

3.8%

Park University

3.5%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

3.5%

University of Houston

3.5%

Strayer University

3.5%

Colorado Technical University

3.5%

Houston Community College

3.2%

A-Technical College

3.2%

Saint Leo University

3.2%

Kent State University

2.9%

University of Maryland - College Park

2.9%

San Antonio College

2.9%

Weber State University

2.9%

Tyler Junior College

2.6%
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Majors

Business

29.4%

Electrical Engineering

10.8%

Electrical Engineering Technology

6.4%

General Studies

4.8%

Criminal Justice

4.5%

Management

4.3%

Computer Science

4.1%

Supply Chain Management

4.0%

Mechanical Engineering

3.6%

Automotive Technology

3.1%

Accounting

3.0%

Computer Information Systems

2.9%

Liberal Arts

2.7%

Education

2.6%

Communication

2.4%

Information Technology

2.4%

Marketing

2.4%

Kinesiology

2.2%

Biology

2.2%

Photography

2.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

34.2%

Other

30.7%

Associate

17.8%

Masters

9.4%

Certificate

4.7%

Diploma

2.6%

Doctorate

0.3%

License

0.3%
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Average Yearly Salary
$74,000
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$40,000
Min 10%
$74,000
Median 50%
$74,000
Median 50%
$74,000
Median 50%
$74,000
Median 50%
$74,000
Median 50%
$74,000
Median 50%
$74,000
Median 50%
$136,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Brown University
Highest Paying City
San Antonio, TX
Highest Paying State
North Dakota
Avg Experience Level
4.0 years
How much does an Equipment Specialist make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Equipment Specialist in the United States is $74,254 per year or $36 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $40,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $136,000.

Real Equipment Specialist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Rotating Equipment Specialist ENI Us Operating Co. Inc. Houston, TX Sep 23, 2013 $241,848
Equipment Specialist BP America Inc. Whiting, IN Sep 26, 2011 $146,286
Rotating Equipment Specialist Consumers Energy Company Ludington, MI Mar 09, 2016 $110,040
Senior Rotating Equipment Specialist Engineer Americas Energy Company, Inc. Prairieville, LA Sep 26, 2012 $101,500
Senior Rotating Equipment Specialist Engineer Americas Energy Company, Inc. Bakersfield, CA Sep 26, 2012 $101,500
Senior Rotating Equipment Specialist Engineer Americas Energy Company, Inc. Prairieville, LA Mar 09, 2012 $101,000
Rotating Equipment Specialist Consumers Energy Company Ludington, MI Sep 03, 2015 $95,544
Imaging Equipment Specialist/Service Manager International Med-X Fort Myers, FL Jan 07, 2015 $91,312
Equipment Specialist XSYS Print Solutions Charlotte, NC Sep 17, 2013 $88,058
Imaging Equipment Specialist/Service Manager International Med-X, LLC Fort Myers, FL Sep 10, 2012 $87,951
Manufacturing Equipment Specialist Alpha and Omega Semiconductor, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Sep 16, 2016 $77,000 -
$105,000
Equipment Specialist Arcelormittal USA LLC East Chicago, IN Sep 08, 2011 $75,000
Mechanical Equipment Specialist Arcelormittal USA LLC East Chicago, IN Sep 01, 2011 $70,000
Marzoli Equipment Specialist Parkdale Mills, Inc. Gastonia, NC Jan 01, 2012 $65,000
Electrical Equipment Specialist Caravan Canopy Int'l, Inc. La Mirada, CA Dec 11, 2015 $60,258
Teaching Professional/Master Equipment Specialist Troon Golf, LLC Scottsdale, AZ Sep 30, 2015 $56,680
Media & Communication Equipment Specialist Audio Visual Associates, Inc. Denville, NJ Dec 15, 2013 $46,644
Media & Communication Equipment Specialist Audio Visual Associates, Inc. Denville, NJ Sep 16, 2013 $46,644
Media & Communication Equipment Specialist Audio Visual Associates, Inc. Denville, NJ Oct 01, 2010 $46,644
Media & Communication Equipment Specialist Audio Visual Associates, Inc. Denville, NJ Sep 16, 2010 $46,644

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Top Skills for An Equipment Specialist

  1. Preventative Maintenance
  2. Customer Service
  3. Logistics
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  • Schedule and perform calibrations, validations, and preventative maintenance of laboratory equipment, including the REES Environmental Monitoring System.
  • Educate patients and customer service representatives on specialized materials related to predetermination policies of insurance providers.
  • Provided excellent customer support to soldier biological chemical command, logistics assistance representatives, and item management material command.
  • Provided technical support/advice, coordinated repair and return, shipping and receiving of TMAP assets supporting worldwide intelligence gathering efforts.
  • Provide guidance on government regulations pertaining to property accountability; develops, recommends, and implements property administration policy daily.

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