Biomedical Engineering Technologist
Providence Health Care
The Biomedical Engineering Technologist is part of an integrated team, which provides a full range of biomedical engineering services in support of the safe, efficient and effective utilization of medical technology across Fraser Health, Providence Health Care, Provincial Health Services Authority and Vancouver Coastal Health (collectively, the “Organizations”). Duties include troubleshooting, repairing, calibrating, testing, inspecting, and maintaining a wide variety of biomedical and electronic equipment, devices and ancillary products used for patient diagnosis and treatment; participating in incident investigations and hazard follow-up involving medical technology; and providing input related to device modification and capital and non-capital purchasing including the development of specifications and review of tenders as requested. Also provides orientation and/or technical support to clinical staff on matters related to medical technology such as appropriate equipment practices and operation of equipment, devices and ancillary products in the clinical environment.
Qualifications / Skills and Education
Graduation of a recognized program in Biomedical Engineering Technology or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
Valid BC Drivers License and access to a vehicle to travel with tools and equipment for work purposes.
Skills and Abilities
Comprehensive knowledge of the operating and maintenance practices and procedures for most medical equipment, current computer troubleshooting and networking knowledge, and proven component-level repair skills.
Demonstrated ability to work independently on medical equipment.
Demonstrated ability to collaborate in a team environment.
Demonstrated ability to organize work.
Demonstrated ability to address issues with analytical reasoning and problem solving skills.
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both verbal and in writing.
Demonstrated ability to deal courteously with vendors, colleagues, hospital staff and equipment users in stressful situations.
Demonstrated ability to operate related equipment, including test equipment and tools.
Physical ability to carry out the duties of the position including good finger dexterity, close vision and colour discrimination.
Duties and Responsibilities
Performs demand maintenance on a wide variety of biomedical and electronic equipment, devices and ancillary products such as patient monitors, defibrillators, ventilators, incubators, centrifuges, hemodialysis machines, anaesthetic machines, electrosurgical units, heart-lung perfusion equipment, and medical imaging equipment by methods such as testing, calibrating, troubleshooting, repairing and upgrading performance to ensure equipment, devices and ancillary products are operating safely, effectively and efficiently in the most cost effective manner in compliance with the manufacturer’s specifications.
Carries out preventative maintenance routines, inspections and evaluations using a variety of test equipment and tools such as safety analyzers, conductivity meters, oscilloscopes, multimeters and defibrillator testers to ensure medical equipment is in proper working order. Monitors radiation levels of equipment using a radiation meter to ensure levels are within established limits. Maintains and calibrates test equipment.
Documents activities and maintains complete and accurate records by methods such as preparing service files on existing and/or new equipment, maintaining detailed records on equipment service histories, recording all demand and preventative maintenance on equipment, and tracking warranty programs. Informs clinical staff on the status of their medical equipment inventory, and prepares schedules with regard to preventative maintenance and operating procedures for equipment.
Provides orientation and/or technical support to clinical staff, other hospital staff and patients on matters related to medical technology by methods such as identifying user and patient needs, reviewing and evaluating technical material, compiling information such as appropriate equipment practices, writing technical procedures for the operation of equipment, devices and ancillary products in the clinical environment, preparing appropriate training materials, demonstrating procedures on the use of the equipment to ensure optimal performance and safety, and providing related information/advice as required.
Participates in the selection, evaluation, and installation of medical equipment by interpreting clinical needs, developing technical specifications, identifying vendors, reviewing vendor submissions, evaluating equipment for technical acceptance and safety prior to selection, and making recommendations for purchase. Works in conjunction with the vendor, the clinical area and other departments to plan and implement the installation of equipment. Performs incoming safety and performance inspections to ensure conformance with manufacturer’s specifications and other safety standards and regulations. Determines tool, instrumentation and spare part requirements for equipment maintenance and assists clinical areas in ordering accessories and supplies by identifying suitable sources, evaluating products for clinical and cost effectiveness and completing purchase requisitions as required.
Participates in a variety of risk management and quality improvement activities to enhance and ensure the safety of patients and staff by methods such as responding to incidents involving medical technology, inspecting the equipment involved, collecting information and documenting all aspects of the investigation, and providing input into the development and implementation of recommendations to prevent the recurrence of such incidents. Identifies hazards and submits hazard reports as required when deficiencies are observed.
Researches and provides input into the modification, redesign and/or development of biomedical devices and technology in order to improve the quality of patient care or to reduce costs.
Provides consultation at point of care to clinical areas such as operating rooms and the intensive care bedside while biomedical devices are in use by performing duties such as setting up and operating various biomedical devices such as lasers, hyperbaric chambers and emerging technologies.
Participates in orientation of new staff and students by demonstrating technical procedures, usage of equipment, and interpretation of inspection tests, monitoring progress, and ensuring policies and procedures are respected; provides input to the Supervisor or designated personnel as requested on individual's progress in achieving established standards of practice.
Maintains an understanding of clinical procedures and practices involving medical devices and related technology such as sterile techniques and operating room protocol to ensure the ability to interpret customer needs. Keeps abreast of changing technologies and procedures by participating in professional development activities, reviewing journals and literature, and attending training courses and seminars. Interacts with vendors, manufacturers and regulatory agencies on technology related issues.
Performs other related duties as assigned.
As per the current Public Health Orders (Long Term Care/Seniors Assisted Living Provincial Health Order and the Health Sector Order), as of October 26, 2021, all employees working for Providence Health Care must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Proof of vaccination status will be required.