Biomedical Equipment Technicians (BMET) are also referred to as Medical Equipment Repairers. They repair and fix a wide range of hospital and health related products. Along with installing, maintaining and repairing patient health care equipment.
A Biomedical Equipment Technician is responsible for testing and calibrating parts and equipment needed for various types of healthcare equipment. Also, they repair parts when they can and replace them when parts no longer work or have become outdated. In addition to these duties they also perform routine maintenance and service checks to ensure that equipment functions correctly. These duties along with record keeping and managing equipment makes being a Biomedical Equipment Technician a very important job.
Biomedical Equipment Technician duties vary depending on the type and size of the facility in which they work. In larger to medium medical facilities the equipment may be quite different. Therefore having a variety of Biomedical Equipment skills is necessary.
Biomedical Equipment Technicians had a median annual salary of $44,570 in 2012. This is described as the wage at which half of the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and the other half earned less. The lowest 10% earned less than $26,550 while the top 10 % made more than $72,080.
Where they Work:
Biomedical Equipment Technicians held nearly 42,300 jobs in 2012 and of these about 15% were considered self-employed. They were employed by the following industries: Professional and commercial equipment companies; Electronic and precision equipment repair and maintenance; Hospitals (state, local and private); and Health and person care stores.
More often than not, Biomedical Equipment Technicians work in a pleasant environment, but because of the importance and urgency of the job, it can at times be demanding and stressful. Also, they are sometimes in the hospital with various patients and can be exposed to a variety of illnesses.
Most often Biomedical Equipment Technicians work a typical 40 hour a week work schedule, but they can be on call when needed. Many often have to work weekends to keep the equipment up and running.
Education and Training
Like other profession, education and training is very important especially to the Biomedical Equipment Technician. Most of these workers have an associate’s degree in biomedical technology or engineering. However, some have continued on to get a Bachelor’s degree in a field of specialization. Additionally, many Biomedical Equipment Technicians also receive a lot of on the job training for maintaining and supporting new equipment and technology related to the medical field.
The field for Biomedical Equipment Techicians is growing very quickly. More and more jobs are opening up for these technicians. The aging population is adding to the need for Biomedical Equipment Technicians and their ability to repair and maintain equipment.