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Biomedical Equipment Technology

The Biomedical Equipment Technology program preparesBiomed Equipment individuals to install, operate, troubleshoot, and repair sophisticated devices and instrumentation used in the health care delivery system. Emphasis is placed on preventive and safety inspections to ensure biomedical equipment meet local and national safety standards.

The coursework in the program provides a strong foundation in mathematics, physics, electronics, anatomy and physiology and troubleshooting techniques. Some courses will include job experience and job shadowing, as well as people skills and communication, both in written and oral form.

Graduates should qualify for employment opportunities in hospitals, clinics, clinical laboratories, shared service organizations, and manufacturers' field service. With an AAS degree and two years experience, individuals should be able to become a certified Biomedical Equipment Technician.

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Program Details

CCC&TI offers the following educational programs in this area:

Courses in the BMET program are taught during the day and evening, and some courses are available through Distance Learning.

Employment Outlook

The rapidly expanding healthcare industry and elderly population should spark demand for increasingly sophisticated medical equipment and, in turn, create good employment opportunities in this occupation.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Outlook Handbook, "Job growth among medical equipment repairers should be about as fast as the average for all occupations over the projection period [through 2014]. The rapidly expanding healthcare industry and elderly population should spark demand for increasingly sophisticated medical equipment and, in turn, create good employment opportunities in this occupation."

Working conditions

Attention to safety is essential, as the work sometimes involves dangerous machinery or toxic chemicals. Due to the individualized nature of the work, supervision is fairly minimal.

The DOL's Occupational Outlook Handbook states, "Medical equipment and precision instrument and equipment repairers normally work daytime hours, but are often expected to be on call. Still, like other hospital and factory employees, some repairers work irregular hours. Precision instrument repairers work under a wide array of conditions, from hot, dirty, noisy factories, to air-conditioned workshops, to the outdoors on fieldwork. Attention to safety is essential, as the work sometimes involves dangerous machinery or toxic chemicals. Due to the individualized nature of the work, supervision is fairly minimal."

Review the Labor Statistics Report for Precision Instrument and Equipment Repairers from the Occupational Outlook Handbook (Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor website).