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Medical Equipment Repairers

At a Glance

  • Install and fix medical and dental equipment
  • Work with medical staff
  • Field repairers travel to medical sites
  • May work evenings, weekends, or holidays
  • Many have a certificate or associate degree in electronics
  • Receive additional training on the job

Career summary

Medical equipment repairers install, test, adjust, and repair medical equipment.

Medical equipment repairers may also be called biomedical equipment technicians.

Medical equipment repairers maintain a variety of technical equipment, such as:

Medical equipment repairers install new equipment and test it for safety. They also test the facility for electrical hazards. Medical equipment repairers teach staff how to use the equipment. They do routine scheduled maintenance on all equipment in hospitals and health facilities.

Repairers use meters and test instruments to inspect equipment that is not working. They adjust the equipment using tools and measuring devices. Repairers refer to manufacturers' manuals, technical drawings, or blueprints.

Sometimes medical equipment repairers need to take apart equipment that is not working properly. They remove and replace faulty parts. They may send components such as circuit boards to the manufacturer for repair. Repairers use hand tools such as motors and switches. They solder loose connections. They also clean and lubricate equipment parts.

Repairers record the repair and maintenance work they do, including manufacturer updates. They also study manuals or take additional training to keep their skills up to date.

Some repairers specialize in one type of medical equipment, while others are trained to work on a variety of equipment.

Related careers

This career is part of the Manufacturing cluster of careers.

Related careers include:

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Job duties

Task list

The following list of tasks is specific to medical equipment repairers.

Common work activities

Medical equipment repairers perform the following tasks. These tasks are common to many careers.

Work requirements

Working conditions

In a typical work setting, medical equipment repairers:

Interpersonal relationships

Physical work conditions

Work performance


Physical demands

Medical equipment repairers frequently:

It is important for medical equipment repairers to be able to:

It is not as important, but still necessary, for medical equipment repairers to be able to:

Skills and abilities

Medical equipment repairers need to:


Reason and problem solve

Use math and science

Manage oneself, people, time, and things

Work with things

Perceive and visualize

Education and training

Educational programs

The programs of study listed below will help you prepare for the occupation or career cluster you are exploring.

Programs of study directly related to this occupation

Other programs of study to consider


To work as a medical equipment repairer, you typically need to:

Education after high school

Most medical equipment repairers complete formal training programs. Common areas of study are electronics or medical technology. Professional-technical schools and two-year colleges offer these programs. You earn either a certificate or an associate degree. In these programs you learn how to use hand tools and test electronic equipment.

Repairers who fix more complicated equipment, such as CAT scanners, may need a bachelor's degree.

On-the-job training

Medical equipment repairers learn additional skills on the job from an experienced worker. You begin by observing and helping other workers. You usually learn one piece of equipment at a time. On-the-job training may last for three to six months.

Manufacturers also offer training sessions. Repairers attend these sessions to learn about new equipment.

Military training

Some branches of the military train people to be electrical products repairers or precision instrument repairers. The skills you learn in these occupations would transfer to being a medical equipment repairer. Training for these military occupations lasts four to 34 weeks, depending on your specialty. Additional training occurs on the job.

Helpful high school courses

You should take a general high school curriculum that meets the state's graduation requirements (external link). You will be required to take both math and science classes to graduate.

Helpful electives to take in high school that prepare you for this career include:

Many medical equipment repairers are self-employed. If you want to run your own business some day, you should consider taking these courses as well:

The courses listed above are meant to help you create your high school plan. If you have not already done so, talk to a school counselor or parent about the courses you are considering taking.

You should also check with a teacher or counselor to see if work-based learning opportunities are available in your school and community. These might include field trips, job shadowing, internships, and actual work experience. The goal of these activities is to help you connect your school experiences with real-life work.

Join some groups, try some hobbies, or volunteer with an organization that interests you. By participating in activities you can have fun, make new friends, and learn about yourself. Maybe one of them will help direct you to a future career. Here are examples of activities and groups (PDF file) that may be available in your high school or community.

Things to know

Most employers prefer applicants who have completed a formal training program. Experience working on medical equipment is also helpful and may be required. Employers look for applicants who have good communications skills. This is because repairers teach medical personnel how to use equipment. Some employers may look for applicants who have a few years of direct work experience.

Certification as an electronics technician may also be helpful when applying for jobs.

Voluntary certification for general biomedical equipment technicians and for those who specialize in radiology and clinical laboratory equipment is available through the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) listed in the Other Resources section of this description. Completing an internship is very helpful.

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Costs to workers

Workers may wish to join a professional association, which may have annual dues. Workers who choose to be certified must also pay an application and exam fee.

Job listings

Listed below are links to job categories from the National Labor Exchange that relate to this career. Once you get a list of jobs, you can view information about individual jobs and find out how to apply. If your job search finds too many openings, or if you wish to search for jobs outside of Washington, you will need to refine your search.

To get a listing of current jobs from the WorkSource system, go to the WorkSource website (external link).


Medical equipment repairers (SOC 49-9062)

Pay Period
Washington Hourly $15.26 $18.65 $23.81 $33.30 $41.61
Monthly $2,645 $3,232 $4,126 $5,771 $7,211
Yearly $31,730 $38,800 $49,530 $69,260 $86,540
    Bellingham Hourly $14.21 $16.40 $20.37 $33.54 $40.38
Monthly $2,463 $2,842 $3,530 $5,812 $6,998
Yearly $29,549 $34,115 $42,378 $69,749 $84,010
    Kennewick-Richland Hourly $13.64 $15.81 $18.72 $23.67 $33.70
Monthly $2,364 $2,740 $3,244 $4,102 $5,840
Yearly $28,374 $32,894 $38,926 $49,245 $70,095
    Olympia-Tumwater Hourly $16.54 $19.22 $22.00 $25.10 $32.54
Monthly $2,866 $3,331 $3,813 $4,350 $5,639
Yearly $34,412 $39,990 $45,765 $52,198 $67,688
    Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue Hourly $16.79 $20.62 $24.90 $35.05 $43.35
Monthly $2,910 $3,573 $4,315 $6,074 $7,513
Yearly $34,926 $42,885 $51,786 $72,902 $90,163
    Spokane-Spokane Valley Hourly $19.91 $23.24 $29.63 $37.38 $44.02
Monthly $3,450 $4,027 $5,135 $6,478 $7,629
Yearly $41,422 $48,336 $61,616 $77,735 $91,558
    Vancouver Hourly $15.93 $20.24 $28.70 $38.61 $45.71
Monthly $2,761 $3,508 $4,974 $6,691 $7,922
Yearly $33,134 $42,087 $59,677 $80,316 $95,080
    Yakima Hourly $12.02 $14.45 $18.58 $33.22 $40.33
Monthly $2,083 $2,504 $3,220 $5,757 $6,989
Yearly $24,999 $30,059 $38,641 $69,103 $83,902
United States Hourly $14.09 $17.56 $23.66 $31.07 $39.41
Monthly $2,442 $3,043 $4,100 $5,384 $6,830
Yearly $29,310 $36,520 $49,210 $64,630 $81,970

Wages vary by the repairer's level of training and experience. Wages also vary by area of the country.

Benefits may vary by employer. However, most repairers receive typical benefits, such as paid vacation, sick leave, and health insurance. Those who are self-employed must provide their own insurance.

Employment and outlook

Washington outlook

The table below provides information about the number of workers in this career in various regions. It also provides information about the expected growth rate and future job openings.

Medical Equipment Repairers (SOC 49-9062)

Location Current employment Growth over 10 years Annual openings
Washington 1,103 10.2% 16.1% 121
    Adams, Chelan, Douglas, Grant, and Okanogan Counties 21 14.3% 13.4% 3
    Asotin, Columbia, Ferry, Garfield, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Stevens, Walla Walla, and Whitman Counties 11 0.0% 8.6% 1
    Benton and Franklin Counties 19 15.8% 15.0% 2
    Clallam, Jefferson, and Kitsap Counties 14 14.3% 11.9% 1
    Clark, Cowlitz, and Wahkiakum Counties 100 -2.0% 15.2% 8
    Grays Harbor, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, and Thurston Counties 46 23.9% 14.1% 6
    Island, San Juan, Skagit, and Whatcom Counties 35 14.3% 14.6% 4
    King County 341 13.2% 19.6% 40
    Kittitas, Klickitat, Skamania, and Yakima Counties 41 0.0% 13.8% 3
    Pierce County 126 11.9% 15.2% 14
    Snohomish County 176 12.5% 12.4% 20
    Spokane County 73 9.6% 13.9% 8
United States 53,800 3.7% 5.2% 6,000

National employment

About 13% of medical equipment repairers are self-employed.

Major employers:

National outlook

Demand for this occupation will continue to grow. The increase in the aging population has increased the need for medical procedures. Medical equipment used for procedures is becoming more complex. Hospitals will keep repairers on staff so they can fix equipment as soon as it breaks. Demand is also growing quickly at outpatient surgery centers.

Job prospects are best for those with an associate degree in biomedical equipment technology. Job opportunities will be excellent.

Other resources

Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (external link)
901 N. Glebe Road, Suite 300
Arlington, VA 22203
Electronics Technicians Association, International (external link)
5 Depot Street
Greencastle, IN 46135
Engineer Girl! (external link)
National Academy of Engineering
Technology Student Association (external link)
1904 Association Drive
Reston, VA 20191-1540
Washington Business Week (external link)
PO Box 1170
Renton, WA 98057
Washington State Biomedical Association (external link)


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Holland occupational cluster