Medical Equipment Technologist

In New Brunswick’s medical system, safety and accuracy are key tenets of the everyday running of an efficient system, and medical equipment technologists perform the vital role of inspecting, maintaining, and repairing the electronic medical equipment that physicians, nurses, and other medical personnel use to monitor, diagnose, and treat medical conditions. New Brunswick’s medical equipment technologists contribute greatly to successful patient care by ensuring medical equipment is working properly and efficiently. It’s a career that involves communicating and working with other healthcare professionals daily. Thus, a feature employers look for is the ability to build great working relationships with others.

Medical equipment technologists perform their duties on a variety of equipment, from adjustable beds and motorized wheelchairs to imaging equipment. They use specialized tools to carry out repairs at various institutions, and while their services may be required during emergencies, duties are usually performed during business hours. It’s an ideal profession for individuals who enjoy technology and its maintenance. It’s a busy career that can take you to several sites a day, as the proper performance of medical equipment is crucial to quality care delivery in our province. In New Brunswick, our medical equipment technologists have a broad knowledge of the equipment they work on, in addition to technical reading skills.

Personal characteristics and Skills

  • Patience
  • Ability to work well under pressure
  • Ability to be very precise and accurate
  • Good analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Willingness to upgrade or improve their skills to keep up to date with new developments in technology

Medical equipment technologists in New Brunswick have a variety of important roles, including but not limited to:

  • Conducting testing, verification, and calibration of medical equipment
  • Providing operational support to users of electronic medical equipment
  • Planning of equipment acquisition and system integration
  • Performing specialized and advanced techniques and monitoring medical equipment repairs

Medical equipment technologists who work in healthcare facilities may be required to work rotating shifts, including weekends and holidays, and/or to be on call for emergencies.

Medical equipment technologists work in a variety of settings, such as:

  • Regional health authorities
  • Healthcare research facilities
  • Biomedical equipment manufacturers
  • Third party maintenance companies (contractors)

Licensure and certification: must be certified engineering technologists and members of the New Brunswick Society of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (NBSCETT) within the discipline of Biomedical Technology.

Education programs offered in New Brunswick: