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Career and Education Opportunities for Medical Equipment Technicians in Honolulu, Hawaii

For those living in the Honolulu, Hawaii area, there are many career and education opportunities for medical equipment technicians. The national trend for medical equipment technicians sees this job pool growing by about 12.8% over the next eight years. Medical equipment technicians generally prepare, sterilize, or clean laboratory or healthcare equipment.

Medical equipment technicians earn about $15 hourly or $32,080 yearly on average in Hawaii and about $13 hourly or $28,410 per year on average nationally. Earnings for medical equipment technicians are better than earnings in the general category of Medical and Dental Assistance in Hawaii and not quite as good as general Medical and Dental Assistance category earnings nationally. Medical equipment technicians work in a variety of jobs, including: sterile technician, central processing and distribution technician , and bandage maker.

The Honolulu area is home to twenty-four schools of higher education, including five within twenty-five miles of Honolulu where you can get a degree as a medical equipment technician. The most common level of education for medical equipment technicians is a high school diploma or GED. You can expect to spend only a short time training to become 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 Honolulu 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.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Medical Equipment Technician Training

Med-Assist School of Hawaii Inc - Honolulu, HI

Med-Assist School of Hawaii Inc, 33 S King Ste 223, Honolulu, HI 96813. Med-Assist School of Hawaii Inc is a small school located in Honolulu, Hawaii. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs. It has 83 students and an admission rate of 49%. Med-Assist School of Hawaii Inc has a less than one year program in Medical/Clinical Assistant which graduated seventy-three students in 2008.

Kapiolani Community College - Honolulu, HI

Kapiolani Community College, 4303 Diamond Head Rd, Honolulu, HI 96816-4496. Kapiolani Community College is a medium sized college located in Honolulu, Hawaii. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 8,221 students. Kapiolani Community College has a one to two year and an associate's degree program in Medical/Clinical Assistant which graduated five and eight students respectively in 2008.

Hawaii Technology Institute - Honolulu, HI

Hawaii Technology Institute, 629 Pohukaina St, Honolulu, HI 96813. Hawaii Technology Institute is a small school located in Honolulu, Hawaii. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 32 students. Hawaii Technology Institute has a less than one year program in Medical/Clinical Assistant which graduated six students in 2008.

Heald College-Honolulu - Honolulu, HI

Heald College-Honolulu, 1500 Kapiolani Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96814. Heald College-Honolulu is a small college located in Honolulu, Hawaii. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs and has 1,073 students. Heald College-Honolulu has an associate's degree program in Medical/Clinical Assistant which graduated 108 students in 2008.

Remington College-Honolulu Campus - Honolulu, HI

Remington College-Honolulu Campus, 1111 Bishop St Ste 400, Honolulu, HI 96813-2811. Remington College-Honolulu Campus is a small college located in Honolulu, Hawaii. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 501 students and an admission rate of 61%. Remington College-Honolulu Campus has an associate's degree program in Medical/Clinical Assistant which graduated seventy-four students 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: Honolulu, Hawaii

Honolulu, Hawaii
Honolulu, Hawaii photo by ErgoSum88

Honolulu is located in Honolulu County, Hawaii. It has a population of over 374,676, which has grown by 0.8% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in Honolulu, 180, is far greater than the national average.

The three most popular industries for women in Honolulu are accommodation and food services, educational services, and health care. For men, it is accommodation and food services, public administration, and educational services. The average commute to work is about 23 minutes. More than 31.1% of Honolulu 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 percentage of Honolulu residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 33.3%, is less than both the national and state average. Waiokeola Congregational Church, Daijingu Temple of Hawaii and Wesley Methodist Student Center are among the churches located in Honolulu. The most prominent religious groups are the Catholic Church, the LDS (Mormon) Church and the Southern Baptist Convention.

Honolulu is home to the Livingston Pool and the Mamala Bay Golf Course as well as Spalding Memorial Tennis Courts and Kuhio Park. Shopping malls in the area include Aina Haina Shopping Center, Ala Moana Shopping Center and Aloha Tower Marketplace Shopping Center. Visitors to Honolulu can choose from Kosuga Inc, Hawaiian Condo Resorts Inc and Honolulu Airport Hotel for temporary stays in the area.