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Medical Equipment Repairers

Medical Equipment Repairers
Quick Facts : Medical Equipment Repairers*
2010 Median Pay$44,490
Entry Level EducationAssociate's degree
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 201237,900
Job Outlook31% (Much faster than average)
Employment Change11,900


Medical equipment repairers install, maintain, and repair patient care equipment.

What Medical Equipment Repairers Do

  • Calculate dimensions using measuring instruments
  • Install, align, secure, and adjust cutting tools and workpieces
  • Monitor the feed and speed of machines
  • File, grind, and adjust parts so that they fit together properly
  • Test completed tools or dies to ensure that they meet specifications

Work Environment

Although medical equipment repairers usually work during the day, they are sometimes expected to be on call, including nights and weekends. Repairing vital medical equipment is urgent, so the work is occasionally stressful.
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Job Outlook

Overall employment of machinists and tool and die makers is expected to grow 7 percent from 2010 to 2020 as employers continue to need machinists who have a wide range of skills.
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Pay

In May 2010 the average hourly wage of machinists was $18.52 and $22.56 for tool and die makers.
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Medical Equipment Repairers*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Medical Equipment Repairers

44490

Installation & Production Occupations

39887.3333

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Medical Equipment Repairers*
Percent Change in Employment

Medical Equipment Repairers

31.3984

Installation & Production Occupations

10.336959024270376

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Medical Equipment Repairers

Machinists train in apprenticeship programs, vocational schools, or community or technical colleges, or informally on the job. To become a fully trained tool and die maker takes 4 or 5 years of technical instruction and on-the-job training. It's important to have good math, problem-solving, and computer skills.
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