Biomedical Technician Kaihangarau Utauta Whakaora

Biomedical technicians make, modify, maintain and repair mechanical and electronic medical equipment such as clinical machines, surgical instruments and implants.

Biomedical technicians may do some or all of the following:

  • advise and consult with medical staff about their equipment requirements
  • make surgical equipment and tools
  • install and test medical equipment
  • examine, maintain and repair equipment
  • do quality assurance and electrical safety checks on equipment
  • train staff to use equipment and give technical advice and assistance
  • help design and develop implants for use during operations – for example, artificial joints.

Physical Requirements

Biomedical technicians need to have good hand-eye co-ordination and normal colour vision.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for biomedical technicians includes:

  • work with a medical equipment company
  • mechanical, electrical and engineering work
  • computer work. 

Personal Qualities

Biomedical technicians need to be:

  • careful, methodical, well organised and responsible
  • practical and logical
  • able to work without direct supervision and show initiative
  • customer-focused and mindful of patients' rights and comfort
  • good communicators
  • skilled at analysis and problem-solving
  • good with computers.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for biomedical technicians includes:

  • work with a medical equipment company
  • mechanical, electrical and engineering work
  • computer work. 

Subject Recommendations

NCEA Level 2 is required to enter tertiary training. Useful subjects include biology, construction and mechanical technologies, design and visual communication, digital technologies, mathematics and physics.

Related Courses

Biomedical Technicians can earn around $36K-$48K per year per year.

Biomedical technicians can progress into managerial or biomedical engineering positions.

Biomedical Technician