Medical Equipment Repairers

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About the Job

Test, adjust, or repair biomedical or electromedical equipment.

It is also Called

  • X-ray Service Technician
  • X-ray Service Engineer
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  • Surgical Instrument Mechanic
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  • Repair Technician
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  • Radiological Equipment Specialist
  • Hearing Aid Technician
  • Hearing Aid Repairer
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What They Do

  • Make computations relating to load requirements of wiring or equipment, using algebraic expressions and standard formulas.
  • Repair shop equipment, metal furniture, or hospital equipment, including welding broken parts or replacing missing parts, or bring item into local shop for major repairs.
  • Fabricate, dress down, or substitute parts or major new items to modify equipment to meet unique operational or research needs, working from job orders, sketches, modification orders, samples, or discussions with operating officials.
  • Supervise or advise subordinate personnel.
  • Compute power and space requirements for installing medical, dental, or related equipment and install units to manufacturers' specifications.
  • Study technical manuals or attend training sessions provided by equipment manufacturers to maintain current knowledge.
  • Evaluate technical specifications to identify equipment or systems best suited for intended use and possible purchase, based on specifications, user needs, or technical requirements.
  • Contribute expertise to develop medical maintenance standard operating procedures.
  • Explain or demonstrate correct operation or preventive maintenance of medical equipment to personnel.
  • Solder loose connections, using soldering iron.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: RIC.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Realistic interests, but also prefer Investigative and Conventional environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Support, but also value Relationships and Independence in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Repairing - Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
  • Equipment Maintenance - Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
  • Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Education Required

Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

Wages

In 2016, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $49,270 with most people making between $29,470 and $76,770

Outlook

0.60%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 2,990 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 3,170 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 18 openings due to growth and about 52 replacement openings for approximately 70 total annual openings.



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