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Career and Education Opportunities for Medical Equipment Technicians in Stockton, California

Stockton, California provides a wide variety of opportunities, both career and educational, for medical equipment technicians. There are currently 4,100 jobs for medical equipment technicians in California and this is projected to grow by 15% to 4,700 jobs by 2016. This is better than the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for medical equipment technicians are expected to grow by about 12.8%. Medical equipment technicians generally prepare, sterilize, or clean laboratory or healthcare equipment.

Income for medical equipment technicians is about $14 hourly or $29,780 annually on average in California. Nationally, their income is about $13 per hour or $28,410 annually. Incomes for medical equipment technicians are not quite as good as in the overall category of Medical and Dental Assistance in California, and not quite as good as the overall Medical and Dental Assistance category nationally. People working as medical equipment technicians can fill a number of jobs, such as: oxygen equipment aide, central processing and distribution technician , and sanitarian aide.

There are twenty-two schools of higher education in the Stockton area, including nine within twenty-five miles of Stockton where you can get a degree to start your career as a medical equipment technician. Given that the most common education level for medical equipment technicians is a high school diploma or GED, you can expect to spend only a short time studying to be a medical equipment technician if you already have a high school diploma.

CAREER DESCRIPTION: Medical Equipment Technician

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

In general, medical equipment technicians prepare, sterilize, or clean laboratory or healthcare equipment. They also may perform routine laboratory tasks and operate or inspect equipment.

Medical equipment technicians clean instruments to ready them for sterilization. They also report faulty apparatus to appropriate supervisors or staff. Equally important, medical equipment technicians have to record sterilizer test results. They are often called upon to operate and maintain steam autoclaves, keeping records of loads completed, items in loads, and maintenance procedures performed. They are expected to attend hospital in-service programs pertaining to areas of work specialization. Finally, medical equipment technicians examine apparatus to uncover leaks, worn or loose parts, or other indications of disrepair.

Every day, medical equipment technicians are expected to be able to evaluate problems as they arise. They need to listen to and understand others in meetings. It is also important that they see details at a very fine level of focus.

It is important for medical equipment technicians to start apparatus and observe gauges and apparatus operation to uncover malfunctions and to insure apparatus is operating to prescribed standards. They are often called upon to maintain records of inventory and apparatus usage. They also disinfect and sterilize apparatus such as respirators and oxygen and dialysis apparatus, using sterilizers and washers. They are sometimes expected to purge wastes from apparatus by connecting apparatus to water sources and flushing water through systems. Somewhat less frequently, medical equipment technicians are also expected to organize and assemble routine and specialty surgical instrument trays and other sterilized supplies, filling special requests as needed.

Medical equipment technicians sometimes are asked to examine apparatus to uncover leaks, worn or loose parts, or other indications of disrepair. And finally, they sometimes have to record sterilizer test results.

Like many other jobs, medical equipment technicians must be thorough and dependable and believe in cooperation and coordination.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Stockton include:

  • Dental Assistant. Assist dentist, set up patient and equipment, and keep records.
  • Medical Assistant. Perform administrative and certain clinical duties under the direction of physician. Administrative duties may include scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, billing, and coding for insurance purposes. Clinical duties may include taking and recording vital signs and medical histories, preparing patients for examination, drawing blood, and administering medications as directed by physician.
  • Psychiatric Aide. Assist mentally impaired or emotionally disturbed patients, working under direction of nursing and medical staff.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Medical Equipment Technician Training

Modesto Junior College - Modesto, CA

Modesto Junior College, 435 College Ave, Modesto, CA 95350-5800. Modesto Junior College is a large college located in Modesto, California. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 20,000 students. Modesto Junior College has one to two year, associate's degree, and two to four year programs in Medical/Clinical Assistant which graduated twenty-four, thirteen, and zero students respectively in 2008.

Heald College-Stockton - Stockton, CA

Heald College-Stockton, 1605 E March Ln, Stockton, CA 95210. Heald College-Stockton is a small college located in Stockton, California. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs and has 1,172 students. Heald College-Stockton has a one to two year and an associate's degree program in Medical/Clinical Assistant which graduated two and forty-six students respectively in 2008.

Heald College-San Jose - Milpitas, CA

Heald College-San Jose, 341 Great Mall Pky, Milpitas, CA 95035-8008. Heald College-San Jose is a small college located in Milpitas, California. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs and has 990 students. Heald College-San Jose has a one to two year and an associate's degree program in Medical/Clinical Assistant which graduated one and eighty-two students respectively in 2008.

Galen College of Medical and Dental Assistants - Modesto, CA

Galen College of Medical and Dental Assistants, 1604 Ford Ave, Suite 10, Modesto, CA 95350. Galen College of Medical and Dental Assistants is a small college located in Modesto, California. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 20 students. Galen College of Medical and Dental Assistants has a less than one year program in Medical/Clinical Assistant which graduated nineteen students in 2008.

Kaplan College-Stockton - Stockton, CA

Kaplan College-Stockton, 722 W. March Ln, Stockton, CA 95207. Kaplan College-Stockton is a small college located in Stockton, California. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs and has 475 students. Kaplan College-Stockton has a less than one year program in Medical/Clinical Assistant which graduated 281 students in 2008.

Western Career College-Stockton - Stockton, CA

Western Career College-Stockton, 1313 W. Robinhood Drive-Ste B, Stockton, CA 95207. Western Career College-Stockton is a small college located in Stockton, California. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs. It has 439 students and an admission rate of 100%. Western Career College-Stockton has an associate's degree program in Allied Health and Medical Assisting Services, Other Specialties which graduated sixty-three students in 2008.

MTI Business College Inc - Stockton, CA

MTI Business College Inc, 6006 N. El Dorado Street, Stockton, CA 95207-4349. MTI Business College Inc is a small college located in Stockton, California. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 225 students. MTI Business College Inc has a less than one year program in Medical/Clinical Assistant which graduated fifty-two students in 2008.

Kaplan College-Modesto Campus - Salida, CA

Kaplan College-Modesto Campus, 5172 Kiernan Court, Salida, CA 95368. Kaplan College-Modesto Campus is a small college located in Salida, California. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs and has 1,073 students. Kaplan College-Modesto Campus has a less than one year program in Medical/Clinical Assistant which graduated 255 students in 2008.

San Joaquin Valley College-Modesto Campus - Salida, CA

San Joaquin Valley College-Modesto Campus, 5380 Pirrone Rd., Salida, CA 95368. San Joaquin Valley College-Modesto Campus is a small college located in Salida, California. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs and has 318 students. San Joaquin Valley College-Modesto Campus has a one to two year and an associate's degree program in Medical/Clinical Assistant which graduated 105 and six students respectively in 2008.

CERTIFICATIONS

Certified Flexible Endoscope Reprocessor: The CBSPD is committed to the certification of healthcare sterile processing and distribution personnel regardless of their workplace setting.

For more information, see the Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution website.

Biomedical Electronics Technician: Biomedical electronics technicians are expected to obtain knowledge of the principles of modern biomedical techniques, the proper procedure in the care, handling and maintenance of biomedical equipment and to display an attitude/behavior expected of an electronics technician who works in a hospital or healthcare environment.

For more information, see the ETA International website.

Certified Registered Central Service Technician: The Association's certification programs are the most highly recognized for quality and comprehensiveness within the healthcare industry.

For more information, see the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management website.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Stockton, California

Stockton, California
Stockton, California photo by Ron Reiring

Stockton is situated in San Joaquin County, California. It has a population of over 287,037, which has grown by 17.7% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in Stockton, 91, is below the national average. New single-family homes in Stockton cost $262,500 on average, which is well below the state average. In 2008, one hundred sixty-four new homes were built in Stockton, down from six hundred seventeen the previous year.

The top three industries for women in Stockton are health care, educational services, and accommodation and food services. For men, it is construction, agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, and public administration. The average travel time to work is about 27 minutes. More than 15.4% of Stockton residents have a bachelor's degree, which is lower than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 4.9%, is lower than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Stockton is 19.4%, which is greater than California's average of 12.3%.

The percentage of Stockton residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 38.2%, is less than both the national and state average. Peniel Ministries for Stockton Neighborhood Center, Corinthian Missionary Baptist Church and Kingdom Hall of Jehovahs Witnesses are among the churches located in Stockton. The largest religious groups are the Catholic Church, the LDS (Mormon) Church and the Southern Baptist Convention.

Stockton is home to the Calaveras Landing and the Stockton Country Club as well as Atherton Park and Williams Brotherhood Park. Shopping malls in the area include Saint Marks Plaza Shopping Center, Hammer Ranch Shopping Center and Weberstown Shopping Center. Visitors to Stockton can choose from Best Western Inn, Best Value Inn and Acorn Inn for temporary stays in the area.