With the advent of electronics and state of the art medical technology the need for trained enlisted personnel to service and maintain equipment is high. The Biomedical Equipment apprentice is the person directly responsible for the medical equipment at his duty station, to make sure that all the equipment is in top running order and maintained according to military specifications. You will be sent to technical training where after graduation you will work to help maintain some of the finest medical equipment anywhere in the world.
Working in the Biomedical Equipment field in the Air Force is a rewarding job choice. You have the opportunity to work among medical professionals, and by extension you are a part of the treatment team, your equipment that you oversee and maintain is crucial to the mission and success of the Air Force Medical Facilities team.
The medical care that is provided for its Servicemembers by the Air Force is some of the finest quality care found anywhere in the world. You will work with the latest in medical technology in both base facilities and also in the field. You will work on, test and maintain equipment in base hospitals and clinics, as well as deployment to the field to service advanced medical equipment, facilities support equipment, and field communications gear.
All of the different complex electronic machinery and electro mechanical equipment that is used by medical professionals will be in your purvey. You will be responsible for the upkeep and maintenance on equipment that literally is used to save lives every day. This type of equipment requires frequent and precise adjustment, monitoring and maintenance.
You will attend basic training as a new Air Force Enlisted person, and learn about what the Air Force is all about. Following Basic Training you will attend technical Biomedical Equipment Technology school in Texas at Sheppard AFB. You will study and learn about approx. 40 different medical equipment systems and types of devices. You will learn about operations and maintenance procedures on clinical equipment, steam sterilizers, anesthesia systems, physiological monitoring systems, electrocardiographs, mobile and fixed X-Ray systems, clinical Chemistry analyzers, defibrillators, and other field and facility support equipment.
You will be taught about procedures using specific test equipment and tools, and how to perform tests and diagnostic measures. You will learn advanced and basic principals of hydraulics, electronics, pneumatics, and other sciences and specialties so that you can perform the duties of your job.