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How to Become a Medical Equipment Repairer

In the current world, there is an increase in the number of medical facilities owing to the increased demand for medical attention from the baby boom and the aging population. This means that the medical equipment repairers play an integral part in the medical industry. They work in clinic, hospitals electronics repair shops and wholesale suppliers where they carry out repairs on medical equipment such as imaging equipment, beds, defibrillators and electric wheelchairs. These technicians carry out these activities using various electronic tools, hand tools and computers to ensure that the equipment is in good working condition.

What do Medical Equipment Repairers do?

Even though medical equipment repairers perform repairs during office hours, they are always on-call and might be required on weekend’s night shifts. Many of them work full-time while some of them work part-time. Their job involves a lot of traveling and there is pressure to have the equipment work as quick as possible. Their duties include but are not limited to:

  • Keeping proper documentation of repair and maintenance and needed equipment updates
  • Performing preventive services such as adjusting, lubricating and cleaning equipment
  • Inspecting and testing defective medical equipment in accordance to the manufacturer’s specifications
  • Testing, evaluating and classifying in-use medical apparatus and determine condition, serviceability, and disposition according to regulations
  • Examining medical apparatus and checking for proper utilisation to protect staff and patients from electrical and mechanical hazards and guarantee compliance with safety stipulations
  • Disassembling defective apparatus to replace, remove or replace malfunctioning parts such as clutches, motors and transformers
  • Researching repair lists or catalogs to cite sources for requisitioning parts, repair parts and documenting their receipt

Salary

In 2012, medical equipment repairers earned a median annual salary of $44,570, which was an average of $21.43 per hour. Below are the medical equipment repairers’ earnings in the best paying cities.

 

Cities

Median Annual Earnings

Camden, New Jersey

$66,180.00

San Jose, California

$66,120.00

Salt lake City

$65,670.00

Spokane, Washington

$63,720.00

Anchorage, Alaska

$62,640.00

Source: usnews

What Qualifications are Needed?

Medical repairers work on all medical equipment ranging from hydraulic to electromechanical equipment ensuring that they run smoothly. These responsibilities require them to possess the following skills:

  • Ability to troubleshoot hence determine causes of errors and arrive at solutions
  • Ability to perform routine maintenance on medical apparatus and establishing the required kind of maintenance to be performed
  • Monitoring skills to watch dials, gauges, or other signals for proper functioning of the medical apparatus
  • Critical thinking to use logic and deductive reasoning to cite weaknesses and determine their best solutions
  • Reading comprehension to understand various documents associated to their work
  • Complex problem solving abilities to identify intricate problems and analyzing available information to evaluate and develop options and enforce solutions
  • Ability to monitor various medical activities and take the relevant corrective action

 Professional Training

A large number of employers require candidate to secure an associate degree in biomedical engineering or biomedical technology while other specially designed ones require applicants with a bachelor’s degree.

Associate or bachelor’s degree graduates can acquire an entry-level position with clinic, hospital, medical supplier or related organisation. Some employers provide them with on-the-job training equipping them with more experience. Once they have the required experience, they seek certification from various bodies such as CBETCRES and CLEB depending on their area of specialty.

Career Prospects

According to BLS, employment openings for medical equipment repairers is expected to increase 30% from 2012 to 2022. This is far much faster compared to the average of all occupations. This is due to the rise in complexities among medical equipment that need specialised attention from experienced medical equipment repairers.

Technological changes are bringing new advanced equipment to hospitals hence the increase in the need for experts who will required to repair electrocardiograms, ultrasounds, CAT scans, magnetic resonance imaging, x-ray machines, and other new equipment.

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