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Electrical Engineering Technology - Biomedical Engineering

Program Requirements: 

Many advances in today’s healthcare industry come from the advances in the medical instrumentation used by doctors, nurses, therapists and technicians. Gateway Technical College can help you become a part of a healthcare team through an Electrical Engineering Technology - Biomedical Engineering Technology associate degree.

Biomedical engineering technicians install, test, calibrate and repair medical devices that are used to diagnose and treat patients. They also train medical staff on proper utilization of the equipment.

The associate degree EET- Biomedical Engineering Technology program is lab-oriented and hands-on learning is incorporated into all course work. Study areas include anatomy, physiology and the associated medical instrumentation, AC/DC principles, semiconductor theory, digital circuits, microprocessors, optoelectronics, communication and industrial electronics. The program also offers a set of “self-paced courses” during day and evening blocks of time. Students taking these classes can set their own schedule but the coursework must be completed by the end of the semester.

What does a biomedical equipment technician do?

Graduates from the program may find careers as entry-level biomedical equipment technicians or biomedical engineering technicians and can work in a variety of fields. These fields include medical equipment manufacturing, medical equipment service and in hospitals.

Learning by doing

All topics covered in class are also explored during the hands-on lab portion of each class. The wide range of equipment utilized in the lab gives students an opportunity to gain experience with the equipment they can expect to find in the work place. Lab equipment includes digital oscilloscopes, digital multimeters, function generators, variable power supplies, breadboards and data acquisition hardware and software. The Advanced Electronics lab utilizes state-of-the-art test equipment for hands-on and computer-based circuit analysis during the design process.

 

A variety conferences and events provide opportunities for students to gain further experience in the field. There are also volunteer opportunities throughout the semester including working with the Boy Scouts and sumo-bot and robotics competitions. Students are also encouraged to join student clubs including the Biomedical Engineering Society,Society of Women Engineers, Society of Manufacturing Engineers, Electronics Club and N9GTC Amateur Radio club. Participation provides students with hands-on learning, networking and professional development opportunities.

Job and salary outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of medical equipment repairers is expected to grow 31 percent from 2010 to 2020. This is due to the ever-expanding variety of healthcare services available and the complexity of healthcare machines that will need to be repaired and maintained. The median annual salary of medical equipment repairers was $44,490 in 2010.

Certification and Licensing

The EET-Biomedical Engineering Technology program prepares graduates to take the International Certification Commission exam for certification of Biomedical Equipment Technicians. Certification is another way for graduates to demonstrate their competence in the field to prospective employers.

Faculty

iMET Center
Patrick Hoppe
hoppep@gtc.edu

Jill Sammons
sammonsj@gtc.edu

Jim Jazdzewski
jazdzewskij@gtc.edu

Advisors

iMET
Dwayne Windham
windhamd@gtc.edu

Program Administration

Ray Koukari, Interim Dean
koukarir@gtc.edu

Beverly Frazier, Associate Dean
frazierb@gtc.edu