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Apprenticeship training course

Healthcare engineering specialist technician (level 3)

To ensure service continuity for specialist healthcare medical devices or healthcare estates.

Qualification level
3
Equivalent to A level.
Typical duration
48 months
Apprenticeship category
Engineering and manufacturing
Maximum funding
£24,000
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Also known as
  • Biomedical technician
  • Building services technician
  • Clinical engineer
  • Dental engineering technician
  • Instrument curator
  • Maintenance craftsperson
  • Maintenance shift specialist
  • Medical electronics technical
  • Medical electronics technician
  • Medical engineering technician
  • Medical service engineer
  • Multi-skilled craftsperson
  • Radiotherapy engineering technician
  • Specialist craft person - electrical/mechanical
Skills
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • Plan and schedule own and others’ work.
  • Monitor, obtain and check stock and supplies, and complete returns.
  • Check tools and equipment including calibration records of test equipment where applicable. Complete maintenance of tools and equipment including calibration where required.
  • Select and use hand tools, specialist tools and instruments including electrical safety test equipment.
  • Store tools and equipment.
  • Identify and document risks and hazards in the workplace. Advise on and apply control measures.
  • Comply with health and safety regulations, legislation, and safe working practices including signage and barriers.
  • Comply with any clinical restrictions in work area. For example, wearing healthcare PPE.
  • Comply with statutory and organisation environmental and sustainability requirements: safe disposal of waste, re-cycling or re-use of materials and efficient use of resources.
  • Follow manufacturers’ instructions and procedures.
  • Follow standard operating procedures.
  • Read and interpret information. For example, text, data, engineering drawings, job card, work instructions, risk assessments, method statements, operation manuals.
  • Collect and record data. For example, energy usage, test results.
  • Communicate with colleagues and stakeholders for example, patients, colleagues, managers,’ and the public – verbal, written or electronic. Use sector/industry terminology where appropriate.
  • Negotiate with stakeholders such as clinical team or authorised person. For example, to access equipment or arrange system outage.
  • Identify and report on progress and issues or concerns where applicable.
  • Provide information, guidance, or training to colleagues or stakeholders. For example, clinical staff.
  • Write reports. For example, adverse incident reports, technical investigations, equipment appraisals and specifications, improvement suggestions.
  • Use information technology. For example, for document creation, communication, and information management.
  • Enter information to record work activity. For example, job sheets, risk assessments, equipment service records, test results, handover documents and manufacturers' documentation, asset management records, work sheets, checklists, waste environmental records and any legal reporting requirements.
  • Lock off and isolate equipment or systems.
  • Assess condition of components and equipment. Identify action required.
  • Apply maintenance practices and techniques. For example, clean, lubricate, replace parts.
  • Use troubleshooting equipment and apply fault-finding and diagnostic testing procedures to identify faults.
  • Replace, fit and repair components.
  • Test and check equipment or system against quality and operational parameters.
  • Use washer disinfectors, steam sterilisers or alternatives to decontaminate healthcare equipment and maintenance tools and equipment.
  • Restore the work area on completion of the activity. Return resources and consumables.
  • Apply continuous improvement techniques. Devise suggestions for improvement.

Full information on Healthcare engineering specialist technician (level 3) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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