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Biomedical Engineering Technologist

Biomedical engineering technologists maintain and repair medical, biomedical, diagnostics imaging, and electronic equipment and systems. Medical personnel use these to monitor, diagnose and treat medical conditions.

Also Known As

Biomedical Equipment Technologist, Clinical Engineering Technologist, Engineering Technologist, Field Service Representative, Health Care Technologist, Medical Technologist

NOC Codes

In Canada, the federal government groups and organizes occupations based on a National Occupational Classification (NOC) system. This alis occupation may not reflect the entire NOC group it is part of. Data for the NOC group can apply across multiple occupations.

The NOC system is updated every 5 years to reflect changes in the labour market. Government forms and labour market data may group and refer to an occupation differently, depending on the system used. Here is how this occupation has been classified over time:

  • 2006 NOC: Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technologists (2241.1) 
  • 2006 NOC-S: Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technologists and Technicians (C141) 
  • 2011 NOC: Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians (2241) 
  • 2016 NOC: Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians (2241) 
  • 2021 NOC: Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians (22310) 
Interests & Abilities

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2006 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups. If there are multiple related NOC groups, select a NOC heading to learn about each one.

Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technologists

2006 NOC: 2241.1

Interest Codes

Interest Codes for This NOC Group
OBJECTIVE

Interest in precision working to set up and operate specialized and standard equipment to test the performance of components, assemblies and systems

INNOVATIVE

Interest in analyzing information to carry out applied research in the fields of electrical and electronic engineering and physics under the direction of scientists and engineers; and in diagnosing and analyzing the performance of components, assemblies and systems

METHODICAL

Interest in supervising the building and testing of prototypes according to general instructions and established standards; and in conducting and supervising the installation, commissioning and operation of electrical and electronic equipment and systems other than aircraft electronics or instruments

Your Interest Codes

To identify or change your interest codes, complete the Interests Exercise in CAREERinsite.

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. 

It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective, and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes for this NOC group is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation.

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

Learn About Interests

Abilities

Typical ability expectations for this NOC group
Your abilities

To fill in or change the values for your abilities, complete the Abilities Exercise in CAREERinsite.

Mental Abilities

General Learning Ability

Verbal Ability

Numerical Ability

Visual Abilities

Spatial Perception

Form Perception

Clerical Perception

Physical Abilities

Motor Coordination

Finger Dexterity

Manual Dexterity

Understanding Abilities

A Quick Guide

You are born with abilities that help you process certain types of information and turn it into action. These abilities influence which skills you can learn more easily.

The abilities or aptitudes shown for this NOC group come from the General Aptitude Test Battery (GATB). The GATB measures 9 aptitudes. It groups them into 3 categories: mental, visual, and physical.

The abilities scores range from 1 to 5, with 5 being stronger.

Learn About Abilities

Duties
Updated Mar 31, 2018

Many biomedical engineering technologists work in hospitals. They inspect, maintain, repair and install biomedical equipment. This can include:

  • heart-lung machines
  • kidney dialysis machines
  • physiological monitors
  • lab equipment
  • ventilators
  • sterilizers
  • defibrillators
  • infusion devices
  • physiotherapy equipment
  • diagnostic imaging equipment
  • laser equipment
  • laparoscopic equipment
  • infant incubators
  • anesthesia apparatus
  • dental equipment.

Biomedical engineering technologists do performance assurance testing and preventive maintenance. This ensures equipment works properly and is safe. It can also reveal potential problems, which may save costly repairs and downtime.

They also inspect and test equipment to ensure quality and manage risks.

When a device is not working, they find out why. Sometimes the problem is simple or caused by user error. Other times they take the device out of service to look into the problem more. This may involve:

  • finding the fault
  • taking the device apart
  • repairing or replacing parts or circuit boards
  • calibrating the device
  • testing the device (before sending it back into service)
  • inspecting and testing accessories related to the device’s function
  • advising hospital staff and management if equipment needs to be replaced
  • doing preventive maintenance
  • negotiating terms of service with manufacturers or third-party service providers.

Biomedical engineering technologists advise on equipment specifications. They may also help assess proposed equipment and facility designs.

Biomedical engineering technologists may also:

  • write operating procedures
  • develop preventive maintenance protocols
  • install equipment or parts
  • check the quality of junior technologists’ work (in certain circumstances)
  • alter equipment to meet operating or research needs
  • teach hospital staff and researchers how to use equipment.

Biomedical engineering technologists may also work for medical equipment makers or distributors. In these roles, they:

  • manage service contracts and customer relations
  • maintain service records (as required by Health Canada and the FDA)
  • report incidents or potential incidents related to equipment (in accordance with Health Canada and FDA regulations)
  • maintain the calibration of certified test equipment
  • get regular training to keep up with changes in technology.

Much of the work involves assessing equipment needs. They do this with doctors, administrators, engineers, and other professionals. Some may help design, develop, and test new medical equipment and products.

Technology is changing the nature of biomedical equipment. For example, x-ray machines now capture electronic images, while patient monitors communicate through wireless networks. To keep up, biomedical engineering technologists spend a lot of time studying manuals and attending training sessions.

Working Conditions
Updated Mar 31, 2018
  • Strength Required Lift up to 20 kg

Most biomedical engineering technologists work standard office hours. Those who work in health care facilities may have to work shifts. These can include weekends and holidays. Some may be on call for emergencies. They may be exposed to diseases and hazardous materials. Depending on the setting, they may need to wear protective clothing, such as gloves and masks. Working in emergencies can be stressful.

Those who work for equipment makers or service companies may have to travel a lot.

Traits & Skills
Updated Mar 31, 2018

Biomedical engineering technologists need to possess:

  • speaking and listening skills
  • the ability to be patient with people who may be upset
  • the ability to work well under pressure
  • the ability to do detailed, accurate work
  • the ability to work well on their own and as part of a team.

They should enjoy:

  • working in a health care setting
  • using equipment to test components, assemblies, and system performance
  • identifying problems
  • installing (or supervising the installation of) equipment and systems.

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2016 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups. If there are multiple related NOC groups, select a NOC heading to learn about each one.

Top 10 Skills Employers Are Looking For

Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians

2016 NOC: 2241

This chart shows which job skills are currently in highest demand for this occupational group. It was created using this occupation's 64 most recent Alberta job postings, collected between Oct 28, 2021 and Nov 25, 2022.

Review these skills to learn:

  • Whether or not this occupation matches your skill set
  • What training you may need to get these skills
  • What skills to highlight in your resumé, cover letter, and interview.
Tasks: Install, maintain and service equipment
Tasks: Design, develop and test power equipment and systems
Health benefits: Health care plan
Health benefits: Dental plan
Install, maintain and service equipment
Tasks: Assist in inspecting, testing and adjusting electronic components
Health benefits: Vision care benefits
Tasks: Calibrate electronic equipment and instruments
Tasks: Set up and operate specialized and standard test equipment to diagnose, test and analyze the performance of electrical and electronic components, assemblies and systems
Educational Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2018
  • Minimum Education 2 years post-secondary

Biomedical engineering technologists need a 2-year diploma in a related technology.


Required Education

The following schools offer programs and courses that meet this occupation’s educational requirements. Other eligible programs and courses may be available.


Related Education

The following schools offer programs or courses that are related to this occupation but are not required to enter the field.

To expand or narrow your search for programs related to this occupation, visit Post-Secondary Programs.

Completing a program does not guarantee entrance into an occupation. Before enrolling in an education program, prospective students should look into various sources for education options and employment possibilities. For example, contact associations and employers in this field.

Certification Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2018
  • Certification Provincially Regulated

Certain professional titles or duties within this occupation are protected by provincial legislation. Requirements vary if you use these titles or perform these duties.

The related legislation is shown below. If there are multiple related legislations, select a certification heading to learn about each one.

Certified Engineering Technologist

Certified Engineering Technologists apply industry-recognized codes, standards, procedures, and practices to solve problems within their areas of expertise. Depending on their duties, they may need to be supervised by a Professional Engineer, Professional Geoscientist, or Professional Technologist (Engineering / Geoscience).

Legislation

Under Alberta’s Engineering and Geoscience Professions Act [pdf] and ASET Regulation [pdf], you must register with the Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET) to use the title Certified Engineering Technologist (CET).

You do not have to register if you do not call yourself a Certified Engineering Technologist.

For information on what you need and other details, visit the certification profile Certified Engineering Technologist.

Professional Technologist (Engineering or Geoscience)

Professional Technologists (Engineering) and Professional Technologists (Geoscience) are currently unique to Alberta. They practice independently in accordance with established methodologies and specifications in the fields of engineering and geoscience. They have the authority to sign off and stamp work within a prescribed scope of practice.

Legislation

Under Alberta’s Engineering and Geoscience Professions Act [pdf] and Professional Technologists Regulation [pdf], you must register as a Professional Technologist (Engineering or Geoscience) with the Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET) to practise engineering or geoscience within a prescribed scope of practice, use the titles Professional Technologist (Engineering) or Professional Technologist (Geoscience), or use the abbreviations P.Tech. (Eng.) or P.Tech. (Geo.).

For information on what you need and other details, visit the certification profile Professional Technologist (Engineering or Geoscience).

Employment & Advancement
Updated Mar 31, 2018

Biomedical engineering technologists work for:

  • health care facilities  
  • health care research facilities
  • biomedical equipment manufacturers
  • third-party maintenance companies (contractors).

Public sector employees are unionized under the Health Sciences Association of Alberta.

Prospects for advancement include supervisory work or other related positions. Further education is needed to become a biomedical or clinical engineer.

Industry Concentration

This section shows the industries where the majority of people in this occupation work. The data is based on the 2016 Census.

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2016 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups.

In the 2241: Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians occupational group, 79.2% of people work in:

Employment Outlook

Employment outlook is influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • Time of year (for seasonal jobs)
  • Location in Alberta
  • Employment turnover (when people leave existing positions)
  • Occupational growth (when new positions are created)
  • Size of the occupation
  • Trends and events that affect overall employment, especially in the industry or industries from the previous list

In Alberta, the 2241: Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians occupational group is expected to have a below-average annual growth of 1.4% from 2019 to 2023. In addition to job openings created by employment turnover, 39 new positions are forecasted to be created within this occupational group each year.

Note
NOC groups often include several related occupations. Although there is labour market data for the larger NOC group, this occupation makes up only a part of that group. It means data for this occupation may be different than the data shown. For example, only some of the new positions to be created will be for this occupation. It also applies to other data for the NOC group such as number of people employed.

Source: 2019-2023 Alberta Regional Occupational Demand Outlook

Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.

Related Alberta Job Postings
Wage & Salary
Updated Mar 31, 2018

For information about current collective agreements in the public and not-for-profit sectors, see the Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA) website.

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2016 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups. If there are multiple related NOC groups, select a NOC heading to learn about each one.

Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians

2016 NOC: 2241
Average Wage
$40.37
Per Hour
Average Salary
$81,708.00
Per Year
Average Hours
39
Per Week
Average Months on Payroll
12
Survey Methodology Survey Analysis

Source
2021 Alberta Wage and Salary Survey

NOC 2241 Wage Profile

Unless otherwise noted, the data shown here is for all industries and all regions in Alberta.

All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production), and other forms of compensation.

To see the full survey data for this NOC group, visit the wage profile.

Other wage sources
To make an informed wage and salary decision, research other wage sources [pdf] to supplement this data.

A: High Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

High Reliability, represents a CV of less than or equal to 6.00% and 30 survey observations and/or represents 50% or more of all estimated employment for the occupation.


Hourly Wage

For full-time and part-time employees
  • Low
  • High
  • Average
  • Median
Starting
Overall
Top

Hourly Wage

For full-time and part-time employees
Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $16.00 $61.12 $32.48 $30.00
Overall $20.55 $66.67 $40.37 $40.25
Top $28.50 $78.39 $47.84 $46.00

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* All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production) and other forms of compensation.

Pay brackets for hourly wages

  • Starting pay: average pay offered for entry-level positions
  • Overall pay: average pay across all employees in this occupation
  • Top pay: average pay offered to top-paid employees

Industry Information

Public Administration
Health Care & Social Assistance
ALL INDUSTRIES
Professional, Scientific & Technical Services
Construction
Other Services (Repair, Personal Services and Related)
Manufacturing
Wholesale Trade

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years
31%
31%)
Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties
24%
24%
Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months
0%
0%
Vacancy Rate
N/A
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Engineering and Science Technologies
Other Sources of Information
Updated Mar 31, 2018

Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta - ASET website: www.aset.ab.ca

Canadian Medical and Biological Engineering Society website: www.cmbes.ca

Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA) website: www.hsaa.ca

Technology Alberta website: technologyalberta.com

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Updated Mar 31, 2018. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook, and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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