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Class Code: 511F
Category: Science & Engineering


Perform journey-level biomedical electronics work troubleshooting, repairing, maintaining, installing, constructing and testing analog and/or digital electronic equipment or apparatus used in the patient care, life support, and clinical laboratory areas of a health care facility. Work from schematic diagrams, blueprints, service documentation, federal, state and local electrical and fire safety codes, and from verbal instructions.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Under general supervision, independently perform a variety of troubleshooting, repair, construction, installation, testing and maintenance activities on analog and/or digital electronic patient care and clinical laboratory equipment varying from the routine test, repair and maintenance of equipment such as cardiac monitors, defibrillators, electrosurgical generators, blood gas analyzers, flame photometers to complex instrumentation such as medical gas analyzers, volume ventilators, multi-chemistry analyzers, or mass spectrometers.

Typical Work

Troubleshoots, repairs, maintains and calibrates analog and/or electronic patient care, life support, and clinical laboratory equipment or apparatus such as cardiac monitors, electrosurgical generators, blood-gas analyzers, multi-chemistry analyzers, surgical lasers, and infusion devices;

Uses electronic test equipment such as oscilloscopes, digital multi-meters, function generators, electro-surgery, safety, and logic analyzers, and other specialized test equipment at the journey-level to troubleshoot equipment malfunctions to system, board, or component level; uses computer-aided diagnostic software and/or digital logic devices to locate malfunction(s);

Performs mechanical, electro-mechanical, or electronic repair(s); performs electronic repairs to system, board, or component level; calibrates and/or tests for proper operation;

Performs preventive maintenance on patient care and clinical laboratory equipment; tests, diagnoses, adjusts, and calibrates to local, state, and national electrical and fire safety codes; advises healthcare professionals and administrators on compliance of equipment with fire and safety codes and modify equipment to satisfy these requirements;

Constructs standard and custom-designed electrical circuits, mechanisms or assemblies designed by others for use in patient care or clinical laboratory areas of a health care facility; uses hand and power tools such as drill presses, grinders, band saws, hand drills, soldering equipment, etc. to layout, fabricate, and test circuit(s); responsible for board production and population, chassis construction and front panel fabrication;

Evaluates medical equipment involved in unusual incidents and prepare reports and documentation;

Develops inventory lists and orders, stocks and stores electronic components such as transistors, integrated circuits, resistors, capacitors, as well as manufacturer specific parts for patient care and/or clinical laboratory equipment such as circuit boards, module assemblies, etc.;

Confers with faculty, staff, clients, vendors, students, and/or supervisors in determining equipment problems or fulfilling service requirements;

May repair malfunctioning patient care life support equipment during emergent situations;

May direct the work of others;

May perform limited maintenance or repair on computers;

May create and maintain database files for equipment inventory;

May develop methods and procedures for proper operation of electronic equipment;

Performs related duties as required;

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Desirable Qualifications

Two years of experience as a Biomedical Electronics Technician 1 


Four years of experience as a biomedical electronics technician


Equivalent education/experience  


Certification by the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) as a Certified Biomedical Equipment Technician.

Class Specification History

New Class: October 6, 1989
Revised new class code: (formerly 4701) effective July 1, 2007