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Career and Education Opportunities for Medical Equipment Repairers in San Jose, California

There is a wide variety of career and education opportunities for medical equipment repairers in the San Jose, California area. There are currently 4,100 working medical equipment repairers in California; this should grow by 24% to about 5,100 working medical equipment repairers in the state by 2016. This is not quite as good as the national trend for medical equipment repairers, which sees this job pool growing by about 27.2% over the next eight years. In general, medical equipment repairers test, adjust, or repair biomedical or electromedical equipment.

The income of a medical equipment repairer is about $22 per hour or $46,250 annually on average in California. In the U.S. as a whole, their income is about $19 hourly or $41,520 yearly on average. Incomes for medical equipment repairers are better than in the overall category of Specialized Equipment in California, and better than the overall Specialized Equipment category nationally.

The San Jose area is home to fifty-nine schools of higher education, including one within twenty-five miles of San Jose where you can get a degree as a medical equipment repairer. Medical equipment repairers usually hold an Associate's, or other 2-year degree, so it will take about two years to learn to be a medical equipment repairer if you already have a high school diploma.

CAREER DESCRIPTION: Medical Equipment Repairer

Medical Equipment Repairer video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, medical equipment repairers test, adjust, or repair biomedical or electromedical equipment.

Medical equipment repairers examine and test malfunctioning medical and related equipment following manufacturers' specifications, using test and analysis instruments. They also disassemble malfunctioning equipment and remove, repair and replace faulty parts such as motors, clutches or transformers. Equally important, medical equipment repairers have to solder loose connections, using soldering iron. They are often called upon to test and calibrate parts and equipment following manufacturers' manuals and troubleshooting techniques, using hand tools, power tools and measuring devices. They are expected to perform preventive maintenance or service such as cleaning, lubricating and adjusting equipment. Finally, medical equipment repairers test and classify excess or in-use medical equipment and decide on serviceability, condition, and disposition in accordance with regulations.

Every day, medical equipment repairers are expected to be able to read and understand documents and reports. They need to visualize how things come together and can be organized. It is also important that they see details at a very fine level of focus.

It is important for medical equipment repairers to formulate and carry out work assignments, using blueprints, schematic drawings, technical manuals, wiring diagrams, and liquid and air flow sheets, following prescribed regulations and other instructions as required. They are often called upon to contribute expertise to evolve medical maintenance standard operating procedures. They also repair shop equipment and hospital equipment, including welding broken parts and replacing missing parts, or bring item into local shop for major fixes. They are sometimes expected to fabricate or substitute parts or major new items to modify apparatus to meet unique operational or research needs, working from job orders, sketches, modification orders, samples or discussions with operating officials. Somewhat less frequently, medical equipment repairers are also expected to supervise and advise subordinate personnel.

Medical equipment repairers sometimes are asked to compute power and space requirements for installing medical, dental or related equipment and install units to manufacturers' specifications. And finally, they sometimes have to examine and test malfunctioning medical and related equipment following manufacturers' specifications, using test and analysis instruments.

Like many other jobs, medical equipment repairers must be thorough and dependable and be reliable.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in San Jose include:

  • Auto Body Mechanic. Repair and refinish automotive vehicle bodies and straighten vehicle frames.
  • Camera Repair Technician. Repair and adjust cameras and photographic equipment, including commercial video and motion picture camera equipment.
  • Household Appliance Repairer. Repair, adjust, or install all types of electric or gas household appliances, such as refrigerators, washers, and ovens.
  • Motorcycle Mechanic. Diagnose, adjust, or overhaul motorcycles, scooters, or similar motorized vehicles.
  • Vending Machine Mechanic. Install, service, or repair coin, vending, or amusement machines including video games, juke boxes, or slot machines.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Medical Equipment Repairer Training

San Jose City College - San Jose, CA

San Jose City College, 2100 Moorpark Ave, San Jose, CA 95128-2798. San Jose City College is a large college located in San Jose, California. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 11,574 students. San Jose City College has a two to four year program in Biomedical Technology/Technician.

LOCATION INFORMATION: San Jose, California

San Jose, California
San Jose, California photo by Leslie

San Jose is situated in Santa Clara County, California. It has a population of over 948,279, which has grown by 6.0% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in San Jose, 163, is far greater than the national average. New single-family homes in San Jose are priced at $163,800 on average, which is far less than the state average. In 2008, two hundred fourteen new homes were built in San Jose, down from three hundred twenty-five the previous year.

The three big industries for women in San Jose are health care, educational services, and professional, scientific, and technical services. For men, it is computer and electronic products, construction, and professional, scientific, and technical services. The average travel time to work is about 28 minutes. More than 31.6% of San Jose residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 10.7%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in San Jose is 13.2%, which is greater than California's average of 12.3%.

The percentage of San Jose residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 43.2%, is less than both the national and state average. Almaden Hill United Methodist Church, Almaden Valley United Methodist Church and Kingdom Hall of Jehovahs Witnesses are some of the churches located in San Jose. The most prominent religious groups are the Catholic Church, the LDS (Mormon) Church and the Muslim Estimate.

San Jose is home to the Evergreen Ranch and the Rosegarden Branch San Jose Public Library as well as Almaden Winery Park and Albertson Park. Shopping malls in the area include Almaden Plaza Shopping Center, Almaden Via Valiente Plaza Shopping Center and Foxworthy Shopping Center. Visitors to San Jose can choose from Atrium Gardens, Best Western Airport Plaza and Best Western Inn Airport Plaza for temporary stays in the area.