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Biomedical Equipment Engineering

Health care facilities depend more and more on technology in the diagnosis, monitoring of care, and the treatment of diseases. Biomedical equipment is used to improve the quality of healthcare for patients in a wide range of health care settings.

The Biomedical Equipment Engineering program prepares you for a career in this rapidly expanding field. You will learn the functionality of biomedical equipment, perform maintenance and repair, calibrate medical equipment and instrumentation, and maintain equipment for optimal utilization.

Learning is very hands-on, as you’ll work on actual biomedical equipment, applying what you’ve learned in class. The capstone course in the program enables you to demonstrate proficiency in troubleshooting, diagnosing, and repairing biomedical equipment as a member of a student team.

The biomedical equipment field offers immense opportunity. Manufacturers of biomedical equipment and executives of healthcare facilities report that the number of job openings for qualified professionals continually outpaces the number of qualified candidates.

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Program Objectives

Upon successfully completing this program of study, graduates should be able to:

Program Objectives
  • Demonstrate knowledge of safety principles and actions, and identify safety hazards associated with electro-mechanical devices
  • Demonstrate technical skills in the performance of Programmable Logic Controllers and similar processors
  • Demonstrate technical skills in AC-DC, RLC and digital circuits
  • Understand the instrumentation needed to operate advanced imaging equipment
  • Competently utilize testing equipment, as well as troubleshoot and calibrate biomedical equipment
  • Understand the business operations of a complex organization and the management of employees
  • Diagnose and repair most biomedical equipment that is not hermetically sealed
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This degree is designed for the individual interested in pursuing an entry-level career with greater growth opportunities, as well as for the student seeking to transfer to a four-year college or university.

Student Success Story
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Susan Steele Mechanical Engineering Technology Graduated: May 2001

Susan Steele is a licensed Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania, New York and Maryland. She works as a Bridge Erection Engineer with High Structural Erectors, LLC. She began her path to this accomplishment when she earned her associates degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology at P.I.T. She says of her time here: ‘My experience at P.I.T. gave me the fundamentals for a successful and fulfilling career. The education was essential, but the lessons taught by my professors gave me the perseverance to succeed. The encouragement and confidence of the faculty opened many doors for me in the passing years. My special gratitude to Professor Gambs.’ Susan went on to Penn State University to earn her Bachelor’s Degree in Structural Design and Construction Engineering, and to earn her Master’s Degree in Engineering Science. Through the ten years she was attending school, Susan would get up at 4 am to study before she went to her full-time job. Susan feels the encouragement she received from her professors at all of the schools she attended gave her the drive and enthusiasm to earn her degrees. If not for them, she doesn’t know if her dreams would have come true.

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