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Pursuing a Biomedical Equipment Technician

Dec 04, 2008

When you were little, choosing a career was easy. You wanted to be a superhero or a doctor or a firefighter–and that was all the qualification you needed. As a grown-up, you know that's just not realistic. If you're considering launching a career as a biomedical equipment technician, this guide will give you the steps you need to get there.

When it comes to finding a career, there are no guarantees. However, if you start taking small steps now you can build the skills and develop the expertise you need for a career in the growing biomedical equipment technology field.

Work well under pressure – What's so stressful about maintaining medical equipment? Techs who find themselves fixing a broken hospital bed likely won’t feel too much pressure. What happens when the piece of equipment is a rural hospital's only CAT scan machine? Will you be able to repair it in the middle of the night, knowing there's a seriously ill patient who needs it right now? Sure, it might not be that stressful all the time, but when it happens you need to handle the pressure like a pro.
  1. Earn an internship – As important as school is you can still benefit from the hands-on training that an internship provides. This opportunity will allow you to familiarize yourself with a typical working environment as well as provide the on-the-job experience that will make you a more marketable job candidate.
  2. Love to learn – Technology is constantly changing–and medical technology is no different. Machines become more complex, calibrations become more precise, and your job will require more specialized learning. Expect to continue your education in a variety of ways, from continuing ed courses through an online school to manufacturer-sponsored workshops.
  3. Be a good translator – As a technician, you'll be speaking a language that can be downright confusing to others. A biomedical equipment technician will deal with a variety of groups, from doctors and engineers to patients and staff. To be effective you may need to communicate rather complex mechanical ideas to those around you.
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