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What Dental Equipment Repair and Service Technicians Do

  • Inspect and test malfunctioning medical or related equipment, following manufacturers' specifications and using test and analysis instruments.

  • Disassemble malfunctioning equipment and remove, repair, or replace defective parts, such as motors, clutches, or transformers.

  • Solder loose connections, using soldering iron.

  • Test or calibrate components or equipment, following manufacturers' manuals and troubleshooting techniques, using hand tools, power tools, or measuring devices.

  • Perform preventive maintenance or service, such as cleaning, lubricating, or adjusting equipment.

  • Keep records of maintenance, repair, and required updates of equipment.

  • Study technical manuals or attend training sessions provided by equipment manufacturers to maintain current knowledge.

  • Explain or demonstrate correct operation or preventive maintenance of medical equipment to personnel.

  • Research catalogs or repair part lists to locate sources for repair parts, requisitioning parts and recording their receipt.

  • Test, evaluate, and classify excess or in-use medical equipment and determine serviceability, condition, and disposition, in accordance with regulations.

  • Plan and carry out work assignments, using blueprints, schematic drawings, technical manuals, wiring diagrams, or liquid or air flow sheets, following prescribed regulations, directives, or other instructions as required.

  • Contribute expertise to develop medical maintenance standard operating procedures.

  • Repair shop equipment, metal furniture, or hospital equipment, including welding broken parts or replacing missing parts, or bring item into local shop for major repairs.

  • Fabricate, dress down, or substitute parts or major new items to modify equipment to meet unique operational or research needs, working from job orders, sketches, modification orders, samples, or discussions with operating officials.

  • Examine medical equipment or facility's structural environment and check for proper use of equipment to protect patients and staff from electrical or mechanical hazards and to ensure compliance with safety regulations.

  • Evaluate technical specifications to identify equipment or systems best suited for intended use and possible purchase, based on specifications, user needs, or technical requirements.

  • Compute power and space requirements for installing medical, dental, or related equipment and install units to manufacturers' specifications.

  • Make computations relating to load requirements of wiring or equipment, using algebraic expressions and standard formulas.

  • Supervise or advise subordinate personnel.


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