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Medical Equipment Repairers


Schools and Education

What’s Needed:

  • An associate’s degree in biomedical equipment technology engineering or electronics is a requirement for most medical equipment repairers.
  • Attending schools for training in more complex equipment is often necessary but employers may supply this particularly equipment manufacturers.
  • Ongoing education is vital for these specialists as biomedical equipment becomes more sophisticated.
  • For some technicians military service provides an education in biomedical equipment technology.

What you study:

Whether through a university on-the-job learning or military training the course of study for biomedical equipment specialists typically includes:

  • Mechanical engineering
  • Electrical engineering
  • Electronics
  • Computer-aided design
  • Human anatomy and physiology

What courses you’ll take

Below are examples of courses that you’ll likely take as a medical equipment technician student.

Course Studies Purpose
Medical Vocabulary Learning and understanding basic medical terminology as it applies to biomedical equipment. Prefixes suffixes plurals and abbreviations used to create terms are studied. Foundation knowledge for understanding equipment technology and communicating with colleagues.
Physiology Underlying physiological principles involved in interfaces between biomedical equipment and patient. Focus on cells nervous muscular circulatory and respiratory systems. Core knowledge needed for understanding of advanced equipment technology coursework.
Biomedical Circuits and Devices Understanding of underlying electronics as related to equipment design and operation. Emphasizes individual digital circuitry such as those for amplifiers and switching. Provide fundamental understanding of equipment circuitry electronics to set groundwork for advanced repair topics.
Biomedical Electronic Systems ? Basic

Basic science and technology principles behind the measurement of physiological events. An understanding of principles behind electrodes transducers amplifiers and monitoring systems is given.

Give students basic equipment and electronics knowledge needed to be able to repair and calibrate a wide range of biomedical equipment.
Biomedical Electronic Systems ? Advanced

More advanced studies cover measurements for cardiology laboratories and radiology. Operation and maintenance of specific types of equipment are covered such as those used in respiratory therapy physical therapy surgery ultrasound and nuclear medicine.

These courses typically include time in a lab to provide hands-on experience in applying studied concepts.

Through advanced topics and lab work fully prepare students for taking on clinical rotations and then a job in industry.

Also this coursework is often intended to ready students to take certification tests available from the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI).

Clinical Study / Externship Work experience at a hospital clinic equipment maker service center or lab. Bridge a student’s classroom knowledge and skills with real-world problem solving. Also give students the experience that will help them land a job in the field.
Hospital and Patient Safety Problem solving of equipment related safety issues. Consideration of risk management and safety programs from the perspective of electrical safety. Relevant electrical standards and codes. Ready students to apply safe practices in their daily work.


Video Overview

A quick intro into the work of medical equipment repair techs. Created for the US Dept. of Labor.


Certifications and Licensing

Although most states do not currently require certification earning certification in various specialties can open more job opportunities for medical equipment repairers. The AAMI certifies specialists in general biomedical equipment technology as well as specializations in radiology equipment and laboratory equipment.


Job Flexibility

Full-time versus part-time:

Most medical equipment repair specialists work full-time but for those who are self-employed hours may be more flexible. Most days are typical eight-hour shifts unless the specialist offers emergency service. Midnight calls are not common but they do happen especially for technicians who work directly for large hospitals.

Work location:

The profession provides opportunities for those who prefer to travel as well as for those who like to remain in one place. Self-employed technicians and those who work for manufacturers typically travel often; repair personnel who work for major hospitals and health centers generally stay on premises.


Recommended Websites

  • Bureau of Labor Statistics: Medical Equipment Repairers ? Visitors to this site will get a broad overview of what medical equipment repair specialists do and the projected demand for the profession. It is an excellent first stop for anyone considering becoming a biomedical equipment technician.
  • Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation ? This non-profit organization’s site focuses on technological advances in medicine for doctors nurses biomedical engineers researchers and technicians. Because it spans so many disciplines the AAMI site is a wealth of information for prospective medical equipment repairers who also have an interest in other areas of medicine or engineering. A blog and forums with numerous active discussion groups can also be excellent resources for repair specialists.
  • Medical Equipment and Technology Association ? With resources publications and career help for biomedical equipment technicians META serves as a professional organization for these repair and maintenance specialists. Visit the site’s links to local state national and international associations to find specifics on regional certification and education opportunities.


Salaries by City

See typical salaries and ranges for this career below*. Shift click to sort by more than one column — for example first shift-click on state and then shift-click on salary to find best and worst salaries in each state.

State City / Region Typical Salary Salary Range Job Count % of All Jobs
AK Anchorage $59420 $42K – $90K 120 0.07%
AL Birmingham – Hoover $45000 $32K – $81K 200 0.04%
AL Mobile $43440 $32K – $74K 90 0.05%
AL Montgomery $48220 $32K – $59K 30 0.02%
AL Tuscaloosa $37240 $22K – $65K 30 0.04%
AR Little Rock – North Little Rock – Conway $34050 $27K – $47K 110 0.03%
AZ Phoenix – Mesa – Glendale $49530 $31K – $70K 300 0.02%
AZ Tucson $48400 $29K – $85K 50 0.01%
CA Bakersfield – Delano $38300 $29K – $66K 50 0.02%
CA Fresno $56870 $41K – $74K 40 0.01%
CA Los Angeles – Long Beach – Glendale (Metro Area) $51120 $33K – $73K 580 0.02%
CA Modesto $45650 $33K – $74K 50 0.03%
CA Oakland – Fremont – Hayward (Metro Area) $48850 $35K – $74K 120 0.01%
CA Oxnard – Thousand Oaks – Ventura $41420 $28K – $71K 50 0.02%
CA Riverside – San Bernardino – Ontario $45560 $29K – $80K 240 0.02%
CA Sacramento – Arden – Arcade – Roseville $53960 $24K – $73K 380 0.05%
CA San Diego – Carlsbad – San Marcos $50820 $34K – $78K 250 0.02%
CA San Francisco – San Mateo – Redwood City (Metro Area) $52750 $36K – $76K 100 0.01%
CA San Jose – Sunnyvale – Santa Clara $66340 $49K – $85K 320 0.04%
CA Santa Ana – Anaheim – Irvine (Metro Area) $55700 $31K – $76K 600 0.04%
CA Stockton $30710 $26K – $66K 60 0.03%
CO Boulder $46640 $29K – $74K 70 0.04%
CO Colorado Springs $39410 $28K – $68K 40 0.02%
CO Denver – Aurora – Broomfield $42270 $31K – $65K 490 0.04%
CO Fort Collins – Loveland $47820 $22K – $70K 50 0.04%
CT Bridgeport – Stamford – Norwalk $51300 $22K – $84K 70 0.02%
CT Hartford – West Hartford – East Hartford $48940 $36K – $82K 70 0.01%
CT New Haven $52880 $35K – $72K 100 0.04%
DC Washington – Arlington – Alexandria (Metro Area) $52110 $32K – $73K 250 0.01%
DE Wilmington (Metro Area) N/A N/A – N/A 60 0.02%
FL Cape Coral – Fort Myers $30590 $25K – $49K 60 0.03%
FL Fort Lauderdale – Pompano Beach – Deerfield Beach (Metro Area) $43990 $27K – $88K 340 0.05%
FL Gainesville $44560 $28K – $69K 90 0.08%
FL Jacksonville $33190 $25K – $38K N/A N/A
FL Miami – Miami Beach – Kendall (Metro Area) $41310 $21K – $71K 230 0.02%
FL Naples – Marco Island $44950 $31K – $67K N/A N/A
FL Orlando – Kissimmee – Sanford $40940 $25K – $81K 250 0.02%
FL Palm Bay – Melbourne – Titusville $57820 $35K – $76K 60 0.03%
FL Port St. Lucie $29630 $25K – $47K 40 0.03%
FL Tallahassee $61660 $50K – $75K N/A N/A
FL Tampa – St. Petersburg – Clearwater $41520 $28K – $60K 650 0.06%
FL West Palm Beach – Boca Raton – Boynton Beach (Metro Area) $30750 $25K – $52K N/A N/A
GA Atlanta – Sandy Springs – Marietta $42140 $27K – $63K 270 0.01%
GA Augusta – Richmond County $34190 $26K – $47K 40 0.02%
HI Honolulu $65770 $38K – $78K 30 0.01%
IA Des Moines – West Des Moines $44800 $33K – $67K 140 0.04%
ID Boise City – Nampa $50950 $35K – $60K 170 0.06%
ID Coeur d’Alene ID $42360 $23K – $71K 30 0.06%
IL Chicago – Joliet – Naperville (Metro Area) $38280 $25K – $69K 900 0.02%
IL Lake County – Kenosha County (Metro Area) $41140 $28K – $71K N/A N/A
IL Springfield $38260 $32K – $59K 40 0.04%
IN Evansville $35010 $23K – $66K 70 0.04%
IN Fort Wayne $43110 $31K – $61K 110 0.06%
IN Gary (Metro Area) $37320 $28K – $71K 80 0.03%
IN Indianapolis – Carmel $37670 $23K – $67K 690 0.08%
IN South Bend – Mishawaka $49410 $29K – $71K 40 0.04%
KS Wichita $26580 $21K – $63K N/A N/A
KY Bowling Green $28230 $25K – $41K 40 0.06%
KY Lexington – Fayette $31340 $22K – $58K 200 0.08%
KY Louisville – Jefferson County $43060 $22K – $71K 300 0.05%
LA Baton Rouge $41010 $22K – $71K 70 0.02%
LA New Orleans – Metairie – Kenner $42960 $24K – $68K N/A N/A
MA Boston – Cambridge – Quincy (Metro Area) $46420 $32K – $72K 430 0.03%
MA Haverhill – North Andover – Amesbury (Metro Area) $44870 $29K – $70K 30 0.04%
MA Lowell – Billerica – Chelmsford (Metro Area) $45550 $34K – $71K 60 0.05%
MA Worcester $47370 $31K – $62K 80 0.03%
MD Baltimore – Towson $47960 $32K – $72K 420 0.03%
MD Bethesda – Rockville – Frederick (Metro Area) $47350 $34K – $85K 180 0.03%
MD Hagerstown – Martinsburg $43000 $23K – $66K 40 0.04%
ME Portland – South Portland – Biddeford $52650 $36K – $90K 60 0.03%
MI Detroit – Livonia – Dearborn (Metro Area) $41610 $30K – $58K 100 0.01%
MI Flint $41760 $28K – $58K 50 0.04%
MI Grand Rapids – Wyoming $37340 $24K – $63K 100 0.03%
MI Kalamazoo – Portage $35700 $24K – $57K 110 0.08%
MI Lansing – East Lansing $49260 $33K – $62K 70 0.04%
MI Warren – Troy – Farmington Hills (Metro Area) $44840 $26K – $72K 260 0.02%
MN Minneapolis – St. Paul – Bloomington $53820 $37K – $75K 790 0.05%
MN Rochester $48500 $40K – $86K 230 0.23%
MO Columbia $45590 $28K – $59K 30 0.04%
MO Kansas City $38560 $27K – $60K 380 0.04%
MO Springfield $26070 $20K – $38K 90 0.05%
MO St. Louis $40370 $27K – $60K 540 0.04%
MS Jackson $42110 $31K – $57K 80 0.03%
MT Billings $36920 $28K – $67K 40 0.05%
NC Charlotte – Gastonia – Rock Hill $44250 $31K – $65K 370 0.04%
NC Durham – Chapel Hill $50180 $34K – $69K 140 0.05%
NC Greensboro – High Point $46420 $33K – $89K 110 0.03%
NC Hickory – Lenoir – Morganton $49580 $24K – $61K 40 0.03%
NC Raleigh – Cary $60510 $40K – $74K 120 0.02%
NC Winston – Salem $50980 $39K – $83K 80 0.04%
NE Lincoln $36630 $31K – $59K N/A N/A
NE Omaha – Council Bluffs $58930 $34K – $84K 210 0.05%
NH Nashua (Metro Area) $44470 $36K – $60K 40 0.03%
NJ Camden (Metro Area) $65580 $40K – $92K 30 0.01%
NJ Edison – New Brunswick (Metro Area) $54340 $34K – $76K 270 0.03%
NJ Newark – Union (Metro Area) $52440 $34K – $81K 180 0.02%
NM Albuquerque $37100 $32K – $61K 200 0.06%
NV Las Vegas – Paradise $36820 $16K – $67K 160 0.02%
NV Reno – Sparks $32050 $21K – $70K 90 0.05%
NY Albany – Schenectady – Troy $44520 $31K – $71K 120 0.03%
NY Buffalo – Niagara Falls $39,960 $26K – $56K 130 0.03%
NY Nassau – Suffolk (Metro Area) $56,640 $28K – $75K 360 0.03%
NY New York – White Plains – Wayne (Metro Area) $51,110 $38K – $75K 560 0.01%
NY Poughkeepsie – Newburgh – Middletown $51,850 $36K – $71K 80 0.03%
NY Rochester $53,400 $32K – $76K 160 0.03%
NY Syracuse $31,160 $23K – $55K 220 0.07%
OH Akron $45,460 $27K – $68K 90 0.03%
OH Canton – Massillon $35,900 $22K – $78K 60 0.03%
OH Cincinnati – Middletown $54,480 $31K – $74K 350 0.04%
OH Cleveland – Elyria – Mentor $55,860 $33K – $76K 510 0.05%
OH Columbus $50,280 $39K – $76K 220 0.02%
OH Dayton $40,360 $26K – $62K 70 0.02%
OH Toledo $45,380 $31K – $63K 110 0.04%
OH Youngstown – Warren – Boardman $46,490 $36K – $64K N/A N/A
OK Oklahoma City $37,610 $25K – $70K 90 0.02%
OK Tulsa $31,180 $23K – $41K 120 0.03%
OR Eugene – Springfield $61,400 $30K – $74K 50 0.03%
OR Portland – Vancouver – Hillsboro $52,530 $33K – $82K 270 0.03%
PA Allentown – Bethlehem – Easton $41,690 $31K – $57K 140 0.04%
PA Altoona $43,450 $33K – $74K 30 0.05%
PA Erie $36,820 $23K – $59K 40 0.03%
PA Harrisburg – Carlisle $38,490 $27K – $57K 140 0.05%
PA Lancaster $53,690 $35K – $74K 70 0.03%
PA Philadelphia (Metro Area) $48,690 $31K – $71K 670 0.04%
PA Pittsburgh $49,360 $27K – $80K 600 0.05%
PA Reading $45,160 $35K – $58K 70 0.04%
PA Scranton – Wilkes – Barre $33,500 $24K – $48K 190 0.08%
PR San Juan – Caguas – Guaynabo $35,460 $20K – $68K 210 0.03%
RI Providence – Fall River – Warwick $43,630 $28K – $71K 190 0.04%
SC Anderson $28,990 $16K – $45K N/A N/A
SC Charleston – North Charleston – Summerville $41,700 $31K – $60K N/A N/A
SC Columbia $32,380 $25K – $69K 170 0.05%
SC Florence $34,400 $25K – $66K 30 0.04%
SC Greenville – Mauldin – Easley $48,660 $33K – $58K 60 0.02%
SD Sioux Falls $54,880 $41K – $84K 70 0.05%
TN Chattanooga $38,540 $26K – $67K 60 0.03%
TN Knoxville $48,220 $23K – $74K 60 0.02%
TN Memphis $44,170 $28K – $70K 270 0.05%
TN Nashville – Davidson – Murfreesboro – Franklin $42,730 $31K – $59K 350 0.05%
TX Abilene $36,430 $18K – $60K 30 0.05%
TX Austin – Round Rock – San Marcos $46,080 $25K – $67K 100 0.01%
TX Beaumont – Port Arthur $33,550 $26K – $56K 60 0.04%
TX Corpus Christi $27,070 $20K – $30K N/A N/A
TX Dallas – Plano – Irving (Metro Area) $44,670 $24K – $70K 660 0.03%
TX El Paso $32,700 $22K – $38K 50 0.02%
TX Fort Worth – Arlington (Metro Area) $35,840 $23K – $71K 300 0.03%
TX Houston – Sugar Land – Baytown $50,300 $34K – $76K 610 0.02%
TX Lubbock $30,520 $18K – $59K 40 0.03%
TX McAllen – Edinburg – Mission $21,840 $17K – $35K 70 0.03%
TX San Antonio – New Braunfels $32,180 $25K – $54K 370 0.04%
TX Tyler $35,900 $26K – $59K 40 0.04%
TX Wichita Falls $28,460 $20K – $53K 30 0.06%
UT Ogden – Clearfield $42,800 $30K – $62K 50 0.03%
UT Provo – Orem $48,400 $24K – $68K 40 0.02%
UT Salt Lake City $60,520 $39K – $110K 400 0.06%
VA Charlottesville $37,650 $27K – $66K 70 0.08%
VA Richmond $36,720 $26K – $61K 220 0.04%
VA Roanoke $38,900 $28K – $68K 60 0.04%
VA Virginia Beach – Norfolk – Newport News $32,940 $25K – $60K 120 0.02%
VT Burlington – South Burlington $50,530 $40K – $73K 40 0.03%
WA Seattle – Bellevue – Everett (Metro Area) $50,950 $28K – $79K 660 0.05%
WA Spokane $60,620 $40K – $94K 130 0.06%
WA Tacoma (Metro Area) $45,160 $31K – $85K 100 0.04%
WI Green Bay $53,690 $38K – $71K 40 0.02%
WI Madison $53,390 $36K – $72K 50 0.02%
WI Milwaukee – Waukesha – West Allis $54,980 $36K – $76K 470 0.06%
WV Charleston $38,750 $26K – $60K 30 0.02%
WV Huntington – Ashland $41,140 $22K – $72K 80 0.07%
WV Morgantown $37,150 $30K – $65K 100 0.17%

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