Most Biomedical Engineering Technology graduates begin their careers as equipment service personnel with hospitals or medical equipment companies. Whether you end up working independently or with a team of technical professionals, you'll need to be able to work and communicate with engineering and medicine professionals.
With experience, you could find yourself in a supervisory or managerial role and responsible to coordinate the activities of other technical personnel.
As an experienced biomedical technologist, you may:
- participate in the development of departmental policies and procedures that ensure adherence to codes, laws and regulations pertaining to medical equipment
- provide support to clinical staff, including technical troubleshooting within the clinical environment
- participate in equipment specification, evaluation and selection
- participate in device-related incident investigations and the reporting of these to Health Canada, the equipment manufacturer and other agencies
- participate in planning for the installation of equipment into new health-care facilities
- participate in planning the renovation of existing facilities to enable the installation of new equipment
- provide technical advice and educate medical and clinical staff
- manage clinical engineering departments
Working in hospitals
In a typical entry-level hospital position, you may be asked to provide technical quality assurance by performing installation, inspection, calibration and repair. You will need to provide high-quality service documentation for the medical equipment you support, which could include specialized equipment for X-ray based and ultrasound imaging, as well as medical laboratory and dialysis equipment. New career opportunities are developing in networking medical instrumentation with hospital information systems as well.
Working with medical equipment companies
Medical equipment companies often hire new graduates into “Field Service Representatives in Training” positions. If you find yourself in this position, you can expect mentorship from veteran field service representatives as they travel to provide service at customer sites. As your skills and competencies develop, you may be sent to company-specific training centres to receive technical training on the equipment you’ll be expected to support. Within 2 years you may become a modality specialist who is the primary account representative for a portfolio of customers.