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Biomedical Equipment Tech-Full Time-Clinical Engineering-Duke Health System-Durham

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General Description of the Job Class

Perform a variety of tasks associated with the installation and maintenance of diagnostic, therapeutic and life support clinical equipment.

Duties and Responsibilities of this Level

Duties and Responsibilities of Level I

Perform a variety of routine tasks associated with the installation, preventative maintenance, and repair of a diverse range of clinical diagnostic and therapeutic equipment. Note: Level I technicians are not assigned duties with life support equipment.

Perform electrical safety tests on clinical equipment using specialized test equipment.

Assist in the support of Clinical Engineering???s systematic preventive maintenance program.

Perform incoming inspections and complete documentation on clinical equipment. Deactivate obsolete equipment and use surplus and salvage protocols for removal.

Receive and complete special clinical requests as assigned by supervisor.

Notify user departments regarding status of repair requests that have not been completed. Effectively communicates with clinical departments to obtain loaner or replacement equipment as required.

Troubleshoot and repair clinical equipment as assigned.

Order, receive parts as needed per department policy. Document shipping and returns.

Report all patient safety issues to manager and assist with correction of issue as assigned.

Meet individual and team departmental performance standards on a consistent basis.

Maintain a professional appearance and demeanor.

Maintain a clean and safe work place.

Maintain good working relationships with fellow workers, nursing and medical staff, and the general public.

Maintain accurate and timely documentation in accordance with Department policy.

May require travel to other Health System facilities as required to perform departmental functions.

Complete all required Health System training modules within the time allowed by policy.

Follow all Duke University Health System and departmental policies and procedures.

Examples of devices assigned for maintenance are: Sequential compression devices, Portable suction units, Suction regulators, Hepa units, Papr units, Kangaroo pumps, Heater cooler units, Infusion devices

Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein.

Duties and Responsibilities of Level II

Perform all the duties and responsibilities of Level I plus: Capable of being assigned duties involving the corrective and preventative maintenance to life support equipment.

Consistently perform independently both routine and complex tasks associated with the installation, maintenance, and repair of a diverse range of clinical equipment and integrated systems.

Serve as a resource to Duke University Heath System employees in the proper operation and maintenance of clinical equipment.

Assist in identifying and recommending replacement of equipment that is obsolete, has extensive repair history, or has identified safety issues.

Must be proficient with prioritizing work assignments effectively in order to meet Departmental goals and standards.

May be required to be on-call and respond per department policy.

Provide guidance and mentoring to Level I technicians.

With limited supervision, coordinate and manage routine projects from start to completion, performing any necessary communication and follow- up with equipment owner.

Assist with conducting evaluations of equipment as required.

When assigned, participate in the Device Incident Investigation process and provide follow up to management per Department policy.

Examples of devices assigned for maintenance are: Defibrillators, Incubators, Transport incubators, Patient monitors systems, EEG devices, Pacemakers, EMG devices, ventilators

Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein.

Required Qualifications at this Level


Associates Degree in Electronics or Biomedical Equipment Technology or Military specific medical equipment repair certification is required.

Two years of military training in electronics or vocational training in electronics may substitute for the degree requirement.


Level I - No experience required, beyond degree/military/vocational training described above.

Level II A minimum of two years experience as a Biomedical Equipment Technician is required.

Degrees, Licensure, and/or Certification:

Level I and II - A valid North Carolina Driver???s license with a good driving record.

Level II- Qualify as a candidate for certification as a CBET or CLES by AAMI (Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation)

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Level I

Maintenance skills in electronics, mechanical or electromechanical device repair.

Knowledge of electronics troubleshooting.

Knowledge of safety precautions applicable to the operation and maintenance of clinical equipment.

Ability to comprehend and follow both written and oral instructions.

Ability to work in a team environment.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, clinical and medical staff, and the general public.

Ability to demonstrate competency in the use and operation of all required test equipment used for the maintenance of therapeutic and diagnostic equipment.

An elementary knowledge of e-mail and work order processes.

Ability to work nights, weekends, and holidays if necessary.

Ability to function in a sterile environment if necessary.

Ability to keep neat and accurate records.

Level II

All of Level I, plus the following:

Ability to work with limited supervision.

Capable of mentoring Level I technicians.

Ability to independently troubleshoot equipment, both technically and clinically.

Significant working knowledge of physiology, anatomy, and medical terminology, with emphasis in clinical application and troubleshooting.

Significant knowledge and experience with Departmental software (e-,mail, database management, spreadsheet, and word processor) applications to provide necessary information to clinical staff.

Must be able to carry call for team or workgroup, respond according to policy, and make decisions regarding emergency equipment repair.

Duke is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essentialjob functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.


Read our Diversity Profile History

Duke University was created in 1924 by James Buchanan Duke as a memorial to his father, Washington Duke. The Dukes, a Durham family that built a worldwide financial empire in the manufacture of tobacco products and developed electricity production in the Carolinas, long had been interested in Trinity College. Trinity traced its roots to 1838 in nearby Randolph County when local Methodist and Quaker communities opened Union Institute. The school, then named Trinity College, moved to Durham in 1892, where Benjamin Newton Duke served as a primary benefactor and link with the Duke family until his death in 1929. In December 1924, the provisions of indenture by Benjamin’s brother, James B. Duke, created the family philanthropic foundation, The Duke Endowment, which provided for the expansion of Trinity College into Duke University.Duke Campus

As a result of the Duke gift, Trinity underwent both physical and academic expansion. The original Durham campus became known as East Campus when it was rebuilt in stately Georgian architecture. West Campus, Gothic in style and dominated by the soaring 210-foot tower of Duke Chapel, opened in 1930. East Campus served as home of the Woman's College of Duke University until 1972, when the men's and women's undergraduate colleges merged. Both men and women undergraduates now enroll in either the Trinity College of Arts & Sciences or the Pratt School of Engineering. In 1995, East Campus became the home for all first-year students.

Duke maintains a historic affiliation with the United Methodist Church.

Home of the Blue Devils, Duke University has about 13,000 undergraduate and graduate students and a world-class faculty helping to expand the frontiers of knowledge. The university has a strong commitment to applying knowledge in service to society, both near its North Carolina campus and around the world.

Mission Statement

Duke Science"James B. Duke's founding Indenture of Duke University directed the members of the University to 'provide real leadership in the educational world' by choosing individuals of 'outstanding character, ability, and vision' to serve as its officers, trustees and faculty; by carefully selecting students of 'character, determination and application;' and by pursuing those areas of teaching and scholarship that would 'most help to develop our resources, increase our wisdom, and promote human happiness.'

“To these ends, the mission of Duke University is to provide a superior liberal education to undergraduate students, attending not only to their intellectual growth but also to their development as adults committed to high ethical standards and full participation as leaders in their communities; to prepare future members of the learned professions for lives of skilled and ethical service by providing excellent graduate and professional education; to advance the frontiers of knowledge and contribute boldly to the international community of scholarship; to promote an intellectual environment built on a commitment to free and open inquiry; to help those who suffer, cure disease, and promote health, through sophisticated medical research and thoughtful patient care; to provide wide ranging educational opportunities, on and beyond our campuses, for traditional students, active professionals and life-long learners using the power of information technologies; and to promote a deep appreciation for the range of human difference and potential, a sense of the obligations and rewards of citizenship, and a commitment to learning, freedom and truth.Duke Meeting

 “By pursuing these objectives with vision and integrity, Duke University seeks to engage the mind, elevate the spirit, and stimulate the best effort of all who are associated with the University; to contribute in diverse ways to the local community, the state, the nation and the world; and to attain and maintain a place of real leadership in all that we do.”

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