Medical Equipment Technician
The medical field requires myriad machines and tools to be able to diagnose, treat and eliminate sickness of patients. The operation and repairs of these machines is left to trained medical equipment technicians. Also known as biomedical equipment technicians (BMETs), they install and repair a wide range of electronic, electromechanical and hydraulic equipment. Performing their work in a timely manner and keeping the equipment safe for use is a top priority for these makers and analyzers.
Because BMETs need to both listen and give information when speaking to clients and co-workers, communication skills are essential. Problem solving skills to diagnose the machines and time management are critical, as this is often urgent work where issues must be sorted quickly and efficiently. Dexterity and good hand-eye coordination are important, as is having a sharp memory and organization – you will need to often disassemble and then reassemble the parts for repairing.
If you like to work with your hands and problem solve then this is a great option for you! To get into this field as an entry-level technician you can take a two-year degree program in biomedical equipment or engineering technology; there are also four-year programs for a more in-depth study of advanced techniques. BMETs usually work in hospitals, clinics, private sector companies, and the military. Employment for BMETs is expected to grow by 6% by 2024.