Healthcare Engineering Specialist Technician Apprenticeship 

Our Healthcare Engineering Specialist Technician Apprenticeship is designed to equip your apprentice with the knowledge, skills and behaviours required to work competently in medical engineering.

What will my level 3 apprentice be capable of? 

Organise, coordinate and action medical engineering jobs to meet the requirements of their department.

Fault finding
Identify faults in medical equipment and take appropriate action.

Safety testing
Conduct safety checks on medical equipment.

Continuous improvement
Contribute to continuous improvement of medical engineering practices at your trust

Provide technical and regulatory advice to clinical staff and administrators.

Commission new medical devices 

Report on the status of medical devices to the relevant authority. Complete incident reports and technical investigations.

Complete necessary documentation for work completed e.g. servicing, risk assessments and test results. 

Support and mentor other members of your medical engineering team.

Contribute to medical device audits, asset checking and compliance checks.

Maintenance & Repair
Replace, fit and repair components on medical devices. Complete routine maintenance and servicing. 

Entry requirements

Typically, GCSE grade C / 4 or above in mathematics, plus four other GCSE subjects at grade C / 4 or above, one being a science-based subject.


On apprenticeship completion, you will gain

Level 3 apprenticeship as a Healthcare Engineer Specialist Technician


What jobs can people with this qualification do?  

  • Biomedical technician
  • Clinical engineer
  • Dental engineering technician
  • Medical electronics technical
  • Medical electronics technician
  • Medical engineering technician
  • Medical service engineer
  • Radiotherapy engineering technician


Why this apprenticeship?

Under the guidance of our trainers and assessors, your apprentice will develop into a competent medical engineer. They’ll become a useful member of your team who can test, fault find, maintain, service and repair a wide range of medical devices. Our apprenticeship is one of the few available that specialises in medical engineering. Our trainers are senior bio-medical engineers with decades of experience to pass on to your apprentices.

Academic Units


Engineering representations, drawings, and graphical information.


Engineering mathematical and scientific principles: calculations, conversions, flow rates and equipment sizing.


Engineering materials and their properties; impact on use.


Mechanical principles: motion and mechanics, storage and transfer of forces and energy in operation, motors and pumps.


Electrical and electronic principles: principles of electricity and electronics, electric circuit theory, motors and pumps.


Control systems principles.


Energy consumption and usage profiling.

Specific Medical Engineering Equipment Units


Diagnostic and therapeutic equipment.


Anaesthetic machines, patient ventilators, and critical life support machines.


Operating theatre and pathology equipment.


Monitoring and infusion devices.


Portable imaging equipment.


Gas delivery systems.


Assistive technology.


Physiology and anatomy in relation to medical equipment.


Safety testing of medical electrical equipment and medical electrical systems.


Networking and integration of healthcare medical devices – requirements for network connections between devices or systems.

Specific Medical Engineering Equipment Tasks


Engineering standards and regulations. British Standards (BS). International Organisation for Standardisation standards (ISO). European Norm (EN). Standard Operating Procedures (SOP). What they are and how to use them.


Medical protocols for infection prevention and biohazard control for example, cleaning and disinfection of tools, pre-work disinfection requirements, decontamination prior to disposal.


Health and safety requirements: manual handling, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), risk assessments and method statements, specialist healthcare PPE, clinical risk assessments, signage and barriers.


Communication techniques: verbal, written, electronic. Matching style to audience. Barriers in communication and how to overcome them. Engineering terminology.


Training, mentoring and coaching techniques. How to pass on knowledge and provide guidance to customers or stakeholders.


Machinery, tools, and equipment used in healthcare engineering. Purpose, safe correct use, maintenance, carriage and storage.


Calibrated equipment requirements including calibration certificates.


Statutory certificates including electricity certificates, theatre validations.


Manufacturers’ instructions: what they are and how to use them. Warranties: what they are and impact on engineering work.