A biomedical technician implements, maintains, and repairs medical equipment. Biomedical technicians may work at medical facilities or for companies that produce or supply medical equipment. Implementing medical equipment may be part of the job, which includes testing the equipment and teaching medical personnel and patients to operate the items.
The technician will carry out periodic maintenance, including testing, inspections, calibration, and adjustments, in order to defer or prevent problems from occurring. When equipment malfunctions, the technician will fix the equipment by repairing or replacing parts. Another important part of the job is making sure that the equipment is electrically sound and safe to operate. Yet another part of the job is researching and evaluating new equipment in the field. The biomedical technician must keep up to date with the latest developments in the field in order to purchase the best equipment. It is also important to know about the newest equipment in order to gain knowledge about it to be able to perform maintenance on it.
Generally a minimum of an associate’s degree is needed. Depending on the complexity of the job, a bachelor’s degree or higher may be needed. Most positions require CEBT certification. The ability to use hand tools proficiently is important. There may be some heavy lifting, bending, and other activities that might be considered strenuous. The work may be done at one location or may be on call, so travel might be necessary. In this case, a valid driver’s license will usually be needed.
Biomedical Technician Tasks
Inspect, maintain, repair, and request parts for biomedical equipment.
Operate and keep records on equipment such as multimeters, oscilloscopes, defibrillator analyzers, etc.
Train and assist staff in using and interpreting biomedical equipment.