$34.75 to $51.79 per hour
Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA)
Biomedical engineering technology diploma or equivalent education
Biomedical equipment technologists provide an essential service within the health-care setting. They are responsible for the inspection, maintenance and repair of medical equipment used by health-care professionals. They ensure that the equipment used to diagnose, treat, and monitor patients' medical conditions is working in a safe, functional and reliable manner. This equipment is typically electronic and includes laboratory equipment, x-ray machines, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) equipment, ventilators, etc.
Biomedical equipment technologists routinely check and maintain this equipment to ensure the safety of patients and staff. They are also called in when equipment is malfunctioning or has stopped working. Biomedical equipment technologists determine the root cause of the problem through a variety of troubleshooting methods and then make the appropriate repairs. Sometimes equipment needs to be removed for more extensive troubleshooting and repair. When new/replacement equipment is received, biomedical equipment technologists may be responsible for its installation or for checking the work of the installer.
Biomedical equipment technologists develop job knowledge and expertise and are able to provide input and recommendations for the selection of new and replacement equipment. They may also teach health-care professionals how to use the equipment properly and safely. In addition, they may provide direction and leadership to other biomedical equipment technologists and students.
Biomedical equipment technologists work in a variety of facilities, including hospitals and cancer care centres. They work independently or in teams depending on what type of work they are performing. In their day-to-day work, biomedical equipment technologists may collaborate with external service providers, department managers, engineering and maintenance staff, purchasing agents, clinical educators, nurses, physicians, other health care professionals and contractors.
Biomedical equipment technologists may work full-time or part-time hours, or on a call-in (casual) basis. They can apply for positions that are permanent, temporary or casual depending on department and facility needs. Shift schedules are generally Monday to Friday during business hours but may also include other shifts and on-call duty.
Biomedical equipment technologists often find themselves lifting heavy medical equipment in their day-to-day work. Standing for long periods of time, reaching, bending and walking are also a regular part of the job. Since biomedical equipment technologists can be subject to danger of radiation exposure, possible contact with bio-hazardous materials and electrical hazards, great care must be taken in performing the duties of the job. In addition, they often work under pressure and sometimes in emergency situations, which can be stressful.