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Healthcare Engineering Technician

Servicing the equipment used by hospitals, GPs and ambulances to help them care for patients

How this role makes a difference

Hospitals, GP practices, dentists, and ambulances all use a wide range of medical devices to help them care for patients. These devices need to be checked and maintained regularly to make sure they work properly and patient safety isn’t put at risk.

As well as medical devices, there are heating, ventilation and electricity systems serving medical buildings that need to be maintained. You could be the technician who services and repairs the equipment and environments that healthcare practitioners and patients rely on for effective medical care.

The kind of work you’ll do

  • Testing and maintaining devices and equipment
  • Carrying out repairs
  • Installing new equipment
  • Safety tests and checks
  • Briefing medical staff on devices and equipment
  • Completing documentation and reports
  • Communicating progress on repairs and new installations
Useful skills
Communicating complex ideas
Useful skills
Useful skills
Instructing others
Useful skills
Attention to detail

What you can bring to the role

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Future career opportunities

There are different kinds of healthcare engineering, for example electrical, mechanical, biomedical or building services. You could choose to specialise in one area.

With experience, you could lead a team or take responsibility for a large number of buildings, where all equipment is in your care. You could even progress to designing medical devices or equipment yourself.

How to get into this role

There’s no perfect career path or ideal way into your dream job.

But if you’re interested in education and training options that could be relevant to this role, you might want to consider:  

Schools and colleges each have their own career guidance plan and can provide detailed information, advice, and guidance on options and next steps.

A little more about the role

Exciting features...

You could work across a range of healthcare devices or within a big healthcare environment, like a hospital. You’ll have frequent contact with patients, sometimes working when they are present, and will make sure medical teams can complete their work effectively by making sure medical equipment is in good working order when it’s needed.

Other job titles...

This role can also be known by some other job titles including:

Biomedical Technician
Clinical Engineer
Dental Engineering Technician
Instrument Curator
Medical Electronics Technician
Medical Engineering Technician
Building Services Technician

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