The Office of Career Services
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Bayside, NY 11364
Phone: (718) 631-6297
Biomedical Equipment Technician
|Overview:||Biomedical equipment technicians install, calibrate and maintain medical equipment and instruments used in the health care field such as hospitals, physician's and dentist's offices, medical laboratories and emergency vehicles or ships. They train physicians, dentists, nurses and laboratory workers how to use the equipment.|
|Duties:||Biomedical equipment technicians install medical equipment & instruments such as patient monitors, X-ray machines, sterilizers, blood analyzers, etc. in hospitals, physician offices, medical laboratories, etc.
They calibrate new equipment. They demonstrate the most effective methods to use the equipment and how to verify the accuracy of results.
They perform routine tests of the reliability of the biomedical equipment at the customer's site. They diagnose causes of equipment malfunction and performs repairs. They also advise staff of problems.
They advise his/her company's engineering & marketing staff of unusual equipment malfunctions and suggest design changes to improve the reliability of equipment for customer satisfaction.
|Degree(s):||A.S./B.S. QCC/York Dual/Joint Biotechnology
|Job Outlook:||Employment of biomedical technicians is expected to grow much faster than average through 2018. Increasing complexity and numbers of medical equipment will drive demand.|
|Salary Range (National Average):||$30,000 to $34,000|
|Education Level:||Training for this occupation generally requires a High School Degree, plus additional coursework in a vocational or technical school. In some cases, employers may require an Associate Degree.|
|Additional Training/Education:||An associate degree is the usual requirement for this occupation. Curriculum background should include biophysics, physiology, anatomy and computer-aided design. Certification in this field is voluntary.|
|Advancement Info:||Biomedical equipment technicians may become troubleshooters. These workers help repairers diagnose difficult problems. They must have experience and take further training to advance to these positions. Other technicians may move into higher paying jobs with larger medical facilities or companies. Those who have experience and leadership ability may become supervisors or managers.|
* National data collected by the Department of Labor in 2014 with projections through 2024. For New York green job information please click here.
Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.