Biomedical Engineering Technician - UPMC

Biomedical Engineering Technician

Please send a letter of application along with an up-to-date CV to Natalie Moore, HR Coordinator, UPMC Whitfield Hospital, Cork Road, Waterford, or by email to

Closing date for receipt of completed applications is Sunday, 6 December 2020.

Biomedical Engineering Technician

UPMC in Ireland
Reports to: Biomedical Engineer

The biomedical engineering department is responsible for patient-related hospital equipment services, support, and medical device repairs. The service works with other healthcare departments and endeavours to support and advance patient care by applying biomedical engineering and equipment management skills to healthcare technology.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide maintenance services for electro-medical equipment in respect of its functional, electronic, optical, electrical, and mechanical aspects to a standard of safety, accuracy, and reliability consistent with its function and with professional standards.
  • Follow biomedical department maintenance procedures to ensure that equipment performs to the manufacturer’s specification.
  • Apply their ability to diagnose mechanical, electrical, electronic, IT problems, and issues associated with medical devices using their knowledge, qualifications, training and/or experience to ensure maximum uptime of medical device equipment.
  • Assist with the coordination and implementation of the preventative maintenance schedule and safety programmes.
  • Assist with equipment acceptance testing and commissioning in line with department standards.
  • Participate in the implementation and on-going use of department asset database to ensure that all equipment records are always up to date and available.
  • Auditing medical equipment in various UPMC facilities and reporting recommendations regarding life expectancy or replacement.
  • Tracking the status of equipment repairs, communicating progress and return to service dates with relevant stakeholders.
  • Assist when required on new technical installations and projects.
  • Support the nursing, medical and technical staff in the implementation of technology involved in patient care.
  • Liaise with clinical staff to schedule preventative maintenance.
  • Attend all mandatory hospital training.
  • Actively participate in accreditation programmes.
  • Take responsibility for tools and equipment within their care, ensuring testing equipment is calibrated when required.
  • Performing scheduled department stock takes.
  • Liaise with suppliers for the purposes of timely ordering and maintaining appropriate parts and consumables stock inventory.
  • Preparation of equipment specification and cost estimates for the purpose of potential project options.
  • Manage external contractors when on-site to ensure all hospital procedures are adhered to.
  • To cooperate fully with ensuring compliance with health and safety requirements and regulations.
  • Be expected on occasion to attend manufacturer’s training courses when requested.
  • Routinely travel to other UPMC sites to perform biomedical technician duties when requested.
  • Be flexible in their attitude towards working hours to ensure that biomedical department targets are adhered to.
  • Develop and maintain good cooperation and close working links with members of other teams.
  • Maintain good communications throughout the hospital where equipment issues impact on the provision of a service.
  • Liaise as required with IT personnel to ensure the availability of appropriate IT infrastructure for medical equipment.
  • Perform other duties as may be assigned to them by the biomedical department manager.

Eligibility Criteria

Essential Qualifications

Hold as a minimum a recognised qualification at Quality and Qualifications Ireland, Level 7 or higher, in one of the following engineering disciplines:

  • Electronic
  • Electrical
  • Instrument physics
  • Industrial instrumentation
  • Applied physics
  • Mechanical
  • Mechatronic
  • Biomedical engineering
Personal Requirements
  • Possess good problem-solving skills and the ability to develop solutions to complex situations with medical equipment and associated systems.
  • Ability to engage and communicate effectively with multidisciplinary teams.
  • Ability to gather, interpret and analyse information to make informed decisions.
  • Ability to fault-find complex electromedical equipment.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and work on own initiative.
  • Possess excellent IT skills, including Microsoft Word, Excel, e-mail, and internet knowledge.
  • Maintain an awareness of the primacy of the patient in relation to all hospital activities.
  • Be expected to maintain and enhance their professional knowledge and skills in order to keep pace with changes in the delivery of health care.
Desirable Requirements

Experience working in a hospital environment is an advantage. Where applicable, please list the manufacturer and model of hospital equipment previously worked on and state whether original equipment manufacturer training was completed.

This job description is intended to be an outline of the areas of responsibility. As UPMC in Ireland and the post holder develop, this job description may be subject to review in light of the changing needs of the centre.

About UPMC

A $21 billion  healthcare provider and insurer, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based UPMC is inventing new models of patient-centred, cost-effective, accountable care. Working in close collaboration with the  University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences, UPMC shares its clinical, managerial and technological skills worldwide through its innovation and commercialisation arm, UPMC Enterprises, and through UPMC International.

Providing high-quality healthcare in the South East since 2006, UPMC’s operations in Ireland now include UPMC Whitfield Hospital in Waterford, UPMC Kildare Hospital in Clane, the UPMC Carlow Outreach Centre, UPMC Hillman Cancer Centre radiotherapy locations at UPMC Whitfield and in Cork, and the UPMC Concussion Network. UPMC is the Official Healthcare Partner of the GAA and GPA.

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