Technical Career Field Training Program
Biomedical Equipment Support Specialist/BESS

The two-year Technical Career Field (TCF) Biomedical Equipment Support Specialist (BESS) training program trains qualified individuals for on-site repair and preventative maintenance of medical systems within a medical center. BESS trainees will have the opportunity to learn about and work on a range of medical devices throughout the medical center including state of the art medical systems.

Program Summary

The VA TCF Program hires technically creative individuals who have an aptitude for applying knowledge, specialized experience and skills to areas of comprehensive technical support such as preventive maintenance, repair, calibration, and installation of medical device systems.

BESS trainees receive one-on-one training and mentoring under the direct guidance of a Biomedical Engineer/Supervisory Biomedical Equipment Support Specialist for two years. During this time the trainees will have the opportunity to attend training events, network with other BESS trainees as part of a wide variety of training experiences, and continuing education activities that will enhance the prospects of future success.

At the successful completion of training, BESS trainees may be converted to permanent positions at VA medical facilities.

Training Specifics

BESS trainees receive one-on-one training and mentoring under the direct guidance of a Biomedical Engineer/Supervisory Biomedical Equipment Support Specialist for two years. During this time the trainees will have the opportunity to attend training events and network with other BESS trainees as part of a wide variety of training experiences and continuing education activities that will enhance the prospects of future success. Below are some of the training activities provided for Biomedical Equipment Support Specialists:

  • Essentials of Healthcare IT course
  • Equipment Training courses 
  • Specialized Equipment Training course
  • Attend AAMI (Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation) annual conference or other industry conferences
  • Educational site visits to other VA medical centers