Central Piedmont Community College will launch a new associate degree program in biomedical equipment technology when the fall semester opens in August, the college announced recently.
Novant Health is supporting the program with a $150,000 gift to the college.
The program will prepare students to use basic engineering principles and technical skills to install, operate, troubleshoot and repair sophisticated devices and instrumentation used in health care facilities.
“The use of high-tech, sophisticated equipment in the U.S. health care industry is evolving and expanding at an exponential pace,” Mike Hogan, CPCC associate dean of STEM programs, said in announcing the program.
“The need for highly skilled and well-trained technicians to maintain such equipment is growing just as quickly,” Hogan said. “This program will help meet a specific and specialized workforce development need in Mecklenburg County.”
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the demand for biomedical equipment technicians is expected to grow 30 percent through 2022.
Locally, Novant Health has confirmed the projections and indicated difficulty in hiring qualified technicians, according to the college.
CPCC’s program will include a significant amount of workplace learning. The college also said it will look at developing apprenticeships with local health care providers.