Biomedical Equipment at Texas State Technical College





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Published on Dec 11, 2007

Hospitals and medical centers stay active around the clock, and medical personnel rely on advanced biomedical equipment to make the difference when life is literally hanging in the balance. They demand that the equipment they use be repaired quickly and maintained in first-class condition to avoid malfunctions that might slow down or stop medical procedures. The up-keep and repair of this equipment requires highly skilled biomedical equipment technicians, professionals dedicated to precise work—professionals like the graduates of the Biomedical Equipment Technology (BET) program at Texas State Technical College.

TSTC's program can show you the way to an exciting and challenging career as a biomedical equipment technician. This is a career with a future. The aging population will increase the need for medical care and the demand for these technicians.

As a student in this highly specialized field, you can learn to inspect, calibrate, maintain, troubleshoot, repair electronic, mechanical and electro-mechanical equipment used in the medical and health care industry. Students gain knowledge and experience working with everything from the simplest suction pump to the most sophisticated laboratory equipment, cardiac monitors, X-ray and ultrasound equipment.

As a Biomedical Equipment Technology graduate, you can expect to be challenged by modern medicine and technical advances daily! The program prepares graduates to work with equipment found in hospitals, medical centers, clinics and physician's offices. Graduates' job responsibilities may include calibrating equipment and quality assurance; performing preventive and corrective maintenance; training staff to properly and safely operate equipment; documenting repair and service; selecting and installing equipment; serving on safety committees; promoting facility-wide safe equipment use; monitoring work performed by outside vendors; handling purchasing requisitions and inventory maintenance.

BET graduates hold job titles such as biomedical equipment technician--BMET, biomedical electronics technician, biomedical engineering technician, biomedical technician, field service engineer or representative. Graduates also work in related fields as technical service sales representatives, medical equipment sales representatives or technical specialists.

Medical Imaging Systems at Texas State Technical College.

Today's medical equipment allows doctors to virtually perform miracles when it comes to diagnosing patients' internal illnesses. Without actually making incisions, doctors can diagnose internal conditions using complex technology and the images created by computerized tomography (called CT or CAT) scans and Magnetic Resonance Imaging ( MRI). Because medical personnel rely so heavily on this advanced equipment, individuals who keep these machines functional—medical imaging equipment technicians—are vital.

As a student in Texas State Technical College 's Medical Imaging Systems Technology Specialization (MIT), offered through the Biomedical Equipment Technology department, you can train for a fascinating career in repairing, calibrating and troubleshooting today's medical imaging equipment.
TSTC's Medical Imaging Systems Technology program, developed at the request of hospital personnel and biomedical equipment manufacturers, offers the nation's first Associate of Applied Science degree specializing in X-ray, ultrasound and CT equipment and MRI. As a graduate, you can work to ensure that this vital medical equipment remains in peak working condition at all times.

Biotechnology Instrumentation Systems...
A specialization of Biomedical Equipment Technology at Texas State Technical College.

Biotechnology, the practical uses of microorganisms from selective breeding of plants and animals to engineering of microorganisms used in industry, opens new possibilities and opportunities for biotechnicians. Texas currently ranks fifth in biotechnology investments in the United States. BioHouston, a consortium of research and academic institutions, estimates that jobs in Texas related to biotechnology will grow by 30 percent in the next two years and 50 to 60 percent over the next five to 10 years. According to economic forecasters such as Ernst and Young, biotechnology will have an emerging global impact in broad areas such as drug development, healthcare monitoring and treatment modalities, bioterrorism, environmental contamination control and agriculture. Biotechnology currently plays a major role in forensic sciences/crime scene investigation and materials science.

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