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Working As an Equipment Technician

  • Getting Information
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • $43,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Equipment Technician 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 Technician

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 Technician Career Paths

Equipment Technician
Maintenance Technician Electrician Maintenance Supervisor
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Service Manager Operations Manager
Operations Project Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Owner Maintenance Manager
Facilities Maintenance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Team Leader Lead Technician
Technical Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Technician Instructor Research Associate
Laboratory Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Technician Hvac Technician
Lead Hvac Technician
8 Yearsyrs
Technician Aircraft Mechanic
Lead Mechanic
6 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Specialist Operation Supervisor
Fleet Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Electrician Maintenance Supervisor
Mechanical Maintenance Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Electrician
Maintenance Lead Technician
7 Yearsyrs
Driver Foreman Shop Foreman
Senior Mechanic
6 Yearsyrs
Driver Foreman Hvac Technician
Maintenance Technician Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Electronics Technician Technical Support Engineer Technical Support Manager
Technical Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Electronics Technician Lead Technician Technical Manager
Technical Operations Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Technician Hvac Technician Maintenance Lead Technician
Maintenance Lead Person
6 Yearsyrs
Electronics Technician Team Leader Group Leader
Section Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Controls Technician Maintenance Electrician
Senior Maintenance Technician
8 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Process Engineer Technical Manager
Chief Technologist
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Equipment Mechanic 4.6 years
Service Technician 3.4 years
Technician 2.7 years
Shop Technician 2.5 years
Top Careers Before Equipment Technician
Technician 10.6%
Mechanic 6.1%
Cashier 5.5%
Driver 2.8%
Owner 2.7%
Supervisor 2.7%
Internship 2.7%
Top Careers After Equipment Technician
Technician 10.8%
Mechanic 4.2%
Owner 4.0%
Driver 3.6%
Manager 2.8%
Supervisor 2.7%

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Average Yearly Salary
$43,000
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$31,000
Min 10%
$43,000
Median 50%
$43,000
Median 50%
$43,000
Median 50%
$43,000
Median 50%
$43,000
Median 50%
$43,000
Median 50%
$43,000
Median 50%
$60,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
CA Technologies
Highest Paying City
Benicia, CA
Highest Paying State
New York
Avg Experience Level
4.2 years
How much does an Equipment Technician make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Equipment Technician in the United States is $43,391 per year or $21 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $31,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $60,000.

Real Equipment Technician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Equipment Technician IGE Glass Technologies, Inc. Jupiter, FL Aug 06, 2016 $74,942
Agriculture Equipment Technician Design Machinery S.M. Fabricator Wellman, TX Sep 11, 2014 $60,523
Radiology Equipment Technician Digit Systems International, LLC Atlanta, GA Sep 15, 2016 $51,834
Equipment Technician Landmark Implement, Inc. NE Aug 12, 2013 $44,349
Water Equipment Technician Yesone Corporation DBA Wateria Whittier, CA Aug 20, 2008 $37,670
Medical Equipment Technician GDC Medical Electronics Plainview, NY Sep 12, 2008 $37,566

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Top Skills for An Equipment Technician

  1. Preventative Maintenance
  2. Safety Procedures
  3. Durable Medical Equipment
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Minimized down time and increased equipment productivity through problem solving, troubleshooting, repairing, and preventative maintenance of production equipment.
  • Train customers in equipment operation and all safety procedures involved in operating the equipment and surrounding job site areas and conditions.
  • Home Medical Equipment Technician for durable medical equipment company providing oxygen devices and systems to patients for improved quality of life.
  • Managed 52 personnel in the completion of scheduled and unscheduled maintenance on aviation maintenance support equipment.
  • Delivered durable medical equipment including trans-filled oxygen tanks and liquid oxygen.

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Top 10 Best States for Equipment Technicians

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  2. Nevada
  3. Kansas
  4. Oregon
  5. Montana
  6. Alaska
  7. Idaho
  8. Washington
  9. North Dakota
  10. South Dakota
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Equipment Technician Resume Examples And Tips

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Equipment Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

81.1%

Female

10.9%

Unknown

8.0%
Ethnicity

White

61.0%

Hispanic or Latino

17.5%

Black or African American

11.2%

Asian

6.9%

Unknown

3.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

62.1%

French

6.5%

Carrier

3.6%

Chinese

3.6%

Mandarin

3.0%

Portuguese

3.0%

German

3.0%

Korean

2.4%

Italian

2.4%

Russian

1.8%

Japanese

1.8%

Arabic

1.8%

Tagalog

1.2%

Swahili

0.6%

Swedish

0.6%

Vietnamese

0.6%

Hmong

0.6%

Hindi

0.6%

Cree

0.6%

Bosnian

0.6%
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Equipment Technician Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

18.6%

Community College of the Air Force

17.0%

Universal Technical Institute

9.0%

Ashford University

4.4%

ECPI University

3.9%

Strayer University

3.7%

Austin Community College

3.7%

Mesa Community College - Boswell

3.5%

The Academy

3.5%

Central Texas College

3.5%

Texas State Technical College - Waco

3.3%

A-Technical College

3.2%

Houston Community College

3.0%

Colorado Technical University

3.0%

Arizona State University

3.0%

Northern Virginia Community College

3.0%

University of Maryland - University College

2.8%

Boise State University

2.8%

Florida State College at Jacksonville

2.6%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

2.5%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

20.1%

Business

16.1%

Electrical Engineering Technology

11.2%

Automotive Technology

8.7%

Computer Science

4.1%

Criminal Justice

3.9%

General Studies

3.5%

Information Technology

3.1%

Mechanical Engineering

3.0%

Aviation

2.7%

Industrial Technology

2.5%

Management

2.5%

Photography

2.5%

Computer Information Systems

2.5%

Medical Technician

2.5%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.4%

Heating And Air Conditioning

2.3%

Nursing

2.2%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

2.1%

Psychology

2.1%
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Degrees

Other

32.1%

Bachelors

26.3%

Associate

26.0%

Certificate

7.0%

Masters

5.1%

Diploma

2.8%

License

0.4%

Doctorate

0.2%
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