Instrument Technician Job Description and Profile

Instrument Technician is an individual who works in the health care, medical, or pharmaceutical industries. The technician’s main responsibility is to repair all equipment or devices required to perform diagnoses, medical testing, research, and treatment. They prepare schematic drawings, reports, and sketches to reflect alterations or changes made in medical devices, instruments, and systems. Instrument technicians also work in electronic maintenance and repair companies, which service medical devices or equipments used by health practitioners or diagnostic medical professionals.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Maintaining, adjusting, calibrating, and repairing various equipments in pharmaceutical and medical industries.
  • Performing regular maintenance of devices and equipments for medical testing, treatment, and research.
  • Ensuring that the equipments are functioning properly and are available and accessible at all times.
  • Working on patient monitors, medical imaging equipment, electric wheelchairs, defibrillators, ultrasound equipment, as well as optometric, dental and ophthalmic equipment.
  • Communicating with specific parts of hardware using various tools like computers, multimeters, specialized software and so on to carry out their work.
  • Fixing or adjusting malfunctioning equipment like broken wheelchair by making use of hand tools, electronic tools, and soldering irons.
  • Adjusting the hydraulic or mechanical components, or adjusting the software in order to bring the device back into calibration.
  • Ensuring that the complex medical devices used by the doctors to test and diagnose patients, read accurately.
  • Maintaining a safe, clean, and efficient work atmosphere in accordance with policies and procedures.
  • Developing and maintaining positive interpersonal relations with other department personnel.

Skills and Specifications

  • Knowledge of pharmacology, physics, and chemistry.
  • Ability to learn specific piece of equipment in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Ability to manage complex work environment.
  • Effective communication and good interpersonal skills.

Education and Qualifications

  • Associate degree in engineering or biomedical equipment technology from an accredited institution.
  • Bachelor’s degree in biomedical instrument technology related field from a certified college.
  • Certification in Medical Instrumentation is an added advantage.