Welcome to CABMET
Welcome to the of the Colorado Association of Biomedical Equipment Technicians, known as CABMET. CABMET is an association of individuals interested in the advancement of Biomedical Equipment Technology dedicated to better patient care. The association encourages a free exchange of information between BMETS, hospitals, and vendors. We meet every other month at 6:30 P.M. usually on the third Thursday.
What is a BMET?
A Biomedical Engineering Technologist or Biomedical Equipment Technician (BMET) is one who is knowledgeable in the theory of operation, the underlying physiological principles, and the safe clinical application of biomedical equipment.
The biomedical engineering technician applies electrical, electronic, mechanical, chemical, optical, and other engineering principles to perform maintenance service, repairs and overhaul of all medical equipment and medical systems. Examples of equipment may include imaging, hemodialysis, physiological monitoring systems; EKG's, EEG's, physical therapy, lasers, sterilizers, dental equipment, etc. Due to the diversity of the equipment specialization is sometimes required.
The field of biomedical engineering is the application of engineering techniques in the solution of medical problems. The profession is interdisciplinary and combines technology and the life sciences.
The responsibilities of a BMET may include installation, calibration, inspection, preventive maintenance, and repair of biomedical and related technical equipment. Additional responsibilities may include operation of equipment, equipment control and safety. In research facilities, BMETs may also be involved in the modification of equipment.
Most BMETs are employed by hospitals, clinics, research labs, medical equipment manufacturers, and service organizations. The starting salary range for an entry-level position is about $25,000 -$30,000 and varies from region to region.
The requirement to become a BMET is generally the completion of a 2-year BMET program leading to an Associate of Science (AS) degree from an accredited institution. All accredited institutions that offer an AS in BME provide instruction in both engineering technology (traditionally electrical engineering and computer engineering) and the life sciences (specifically human anatomy & physiology). In addition, BMETs need effective oral and written communication skills. To be effective, BMETs must know the relevant codes and standards that apply to both biomedical equipment and to healthcare facilities.
A Clinical Engineer is a professional who supports and advances patient care by applying engineering and management skills to healthcare technology. Clinical Engineers manage personnel, finances, instrumentation and projects to promote the safe and cost-effective application of technology. Such a person while having an administrative function also participates professionally with physicians, nurses, administrators, and other personnel of a healthcare facility. The preparation requires at least a 4-year degree (Bachelor of Science) in engineering with significant knowledge in physiology, medicine, and clinical care of patients. Clinical Engineers are heads of most clinical/biomedical engineering departments of healthcare facilities. Clinical Engineers who work in a healthcare facility are sometimes also referred to as Biomedical Engineers.
A Biomedical Engineer applies electrical, mechanical, chemical, optical, and other engineering principles to understand, modify, or control biologic (i.e., human and animal) systems, as well as design and manufacture products that can monitor physiologic functions and assist in the diagnosis and treatment of patients. The Biomedical Engineer usually works in a corporate or university setting in the design and development of devices applicable to living organisms. The preparation requires at least a 4-year degree (Bachelor of Science), although most Biomedical Engineers in university settings hold a post-graduate degree.
Generalized Job Descriptions
Jr. BMET: Biomedical Equipment Technician I
An entry-level or junior BMET. Works under close supervision. Performs skilled work on preventive maintenance, repair, safety testing, and recording functional test data. Not certified. Usually has less than four years of experience.
BMET: Biomedical Equipment Technician II
A BMET who usually has an AS (2-year) degree or higher and several years of related or equivalent experience. Has good knowledge of schematics and works independently on repairs, safety testing and preventive maintenance (PM). Maintains records, writes reports, and coordinates outside repairs. Average experience is eight years.
Sr. BMET: Biomedical Equipment Technician III
A highly experienced or specialized BMET usually having an AS (2-year) degree or higher. Has substantial experience and may be certified (CBET). Does highly skilled work of considerable difficulty. Has comprehensive knowledge of practices, procedures, and types of equipment. Average experience is twelve years.
Equipment Specialist: Lab Equipment Specialist (LES) or Radiology Equipment Specialist (RES)
A highly specialized BMET having special training, or equivalent experience in lab equipment (LES) or radiology equipment (RES). Usually has an AS (2-year) degree or higher. Performs highly skilled work of considerable difficulty and many hold certifications as CLES or CRES.
A BMET who supervisors others. Has a significant amount of training or education or equivalent experience. Most have a BS (4-year) degree or higher. Schedules and assigns work to subordinates, but also continues to do highly skilled repairs. Has comprehensive knowledge of practices, procedures, and types of equipment. Average experience is thirteen years.
A graduate engineer holding a BS, MS or PhD. Performs engineering-level work of considerable difficulty. Has the ability to modify devices, and do analysis of devices and systems.
Most are educated or experiences as clinical engineers (CE) or BMETs, but others may be trained in administration or business or have extensive healthcare supervisory experience. Most have a significant amount of technical or management experience, and have the skills to select high-tech equipment, and acquire, maintain, and repair equipment. Supervisors BMETs, CEs and support personnel. May also be the Chief Technology Officer or Vice President for Healthcare Technology.
The above was taken from: Journal of Clinical Engineering :: American College of Clinical Engineering :: Clinical Engineering Division; Walter Reed Army Medical Center
Meet the CABMET Officers and Board Members
We are pleased to introduce your CABMET Officers. President: Fred Jaramillo, Vice President: Robert Monette, Secretary: Cindy Lusietto, Treasurer: Keith Mobley.
And our Board Members: Micah Brown (3 years), Frank Nickells (2 year), and Richard Marshall (1 Year).
Fred Jaramillo, CBET
Fred is currently the Biomed Contract Coordinator for the University of Colorado Hospital Authority.
Fred has been in healthcare technology for over 25 years and is certified by the International Certification Commission for Clinical Engineering and Biomedical Technology (ICC). Fred has successfully lead biomed teams to relocate two major health care organizations into new replacement hospitals. He has published in Biomedical Instrumentation and Technology (BI&T) to promote professional development for clinical engineers and biomedical equipment technicians.
Fred is a member of the Biomedical Advisory Council which partners with equipment manufacturers to ensure clinical engineering needs are planned for device manufacturing.
Fred has been an active member of the Colorado Association for Biomedical Equipment Technicians (CABMET) and has recently been re-elected President of the organization.
Fred has a Bachelors degree in Business Management from Regis University graduating Magna Cum Laude and has an Associate's degree in electronics from Denver Institute of Technology graduating with honors.
Robert currently owns Mountain States Biomedical Services; an independent biomedical equipment company specializing in supporting biomedical programs throughout the western part of the U.S.
Robert started his Biomedical career in 1983 doing OJT at Alpha Medical Company, 1st Medical Battalion 1st FSSG in Camp Pendleton, California. Robert attended USAMEOS at Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center in 1984 for the Basic Course and in1987 were he graduated the Advanced Course 2nd in his class with a 3.83 GPA. Robert retired from the Navy in 1995. Robert has spent the past 17 years working in several aspects of the biomedical industry including:Fountain Valley regional medical Center inCalifornia as aBMETIII and as the lead Biomedical Technician. Robert owned Contrast Delivery Repair Services, a small but very successful service company doing field service on Contrast Media Injectors which he sold in 2006. Most recently, Robert worked in the public sector as a Biomedical Technician at VA Hospital here inDenver.
Robert has an AAS in Biomedical Technology from Regis University and a BS in Technology Management from Southern Illinois University.
Cindy is currently employed with Catholic Health Initiatives working at Littleton Adventist Hospital in Clinical Engineering in an Administrative Support position. She started her career in Biomed at St Anthony Central as logistics support in 1978 and assisted in the development of B.E.S.T. maintenance software.
Cindy was previous employed with HSS from 1989 – 2006 holding various positions within HSS. Cindy was the Y2K Logistics Coordinator and traveled extensively during 1997 – 1999. Cindy directed the Courier Services division at HSS and during this time also, worked as a contractor for Bonfils Blood Center as Logistics Transportation Coordinator.
Cindy has an Associate Degree in Electronic Technology from ACC.
Keith Mobley, CBET
Keith Mobley, has been in the Biomedical Equipment Field for 38 years, presently works for UHS (Universal Hospital Services) as a Field Service Technician, specializing in ventilators, respiratory therapy equipment and general biomed equipment.
He started his career in Utica, NY at St. Luke’s Hospital helping establish the Biomedical Equipment Department there. After 5 years went to Faxton Hospital and established the Biomedical Equipment Department, a position he held for 28 years. St. Luke’s and Faxton Hospitals consolidated and Keith was appointed Director of Biomedical Equipment and Telecommunications, where he held that position for 5 years.
Relocating to Denver, in 2004 Keith became a member of CABMET, received his certification in June 2007. Keith served on the Bi-Laws Committee and the Nomination Committee, also was appointed as a temporary member of the Exceptive Committee.
Richard Marshall, CBET
Richard is a biomedical technician for HSS, and is currently based at Poudre Valley Hospital in Ft. Collins. He started his career in 2008 after receiving his Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering Technology from DeVry University in Denver. He received his International Certification in March of 2010.
He has received formal training on the Servo I and BiPap Vision Ventilators from South Pacific Biomedical, Pulmonary Function Plethysmograph training from nSpire Health Medrad Injector training from Maull Biomedical, and a Customer Service Workshop from InterAct Inc to expand upon his knowledge base.Richard was the recipient of the CABMET sponsored AAMI trip essay contest, which allowed him to become more involved in CABMET and eventually led to the Board Member position he currently holds.
Frank Nickells, CBET
Hi, my name is Frank Nickells, and I’m a Biomed! Actually, I have been a Biomed since graduating from the USAF School of Medicine, then in Wichita Falls, TX, back in 1970. No, not a typo! I spent seven years active and four active reserve years in the USAF. Four of those active USAF years were spent in the MERC’s or regional Biomed sites. I have been certified since taking the (then administered by AAMI now ICC) test in 1975 and hold certificate CBET #385. They no longer number the certificates.
Presently I work for Catholic Health Initiatives as the CE Support Manager assigned to the Centura Supply Chain Management office here in Denver. I work as the capital equipment consultant. I have previously held almost every position available to a Biomed including technician, supervisor, area manager, operations manager (3 state), sales support manager, QC manager, site pricing manager, and program start up manager. I have worked for government (USAF), non-profit hospital and hospital system, for profit ISO, and for a manufacturer (GE Clinical), and now back to a non-profit. It’s been quite a ride.
I have been involved with CABMET since coming to Colorado in 1993. Previously, I had been a pioneer with an organization in Dayton, OH. That organization, DABETA, started around 1980, has since disbanded and been replaced by an Ohio state Biomed organization. Those were early days in the field of Biomed and I learned a lot from them. I have presented a paper for ASHE and coordinated a session for a regional AAMI meeting in Cincinnati, OH. I served CABMET as the Table of Knowledge coordinator for 10 years and have served on the By Laws Committee and on Nominating Committee.
Brian Ehrichs, CBET
Brian is currently the Field Service Manager for HSS, Inc. He has been in the Biomed Field for 25 years. He manages the HSS Depot team of 14 staff and has been with HSS since January 2005.
Brian is also an active member of Volkswagens Enthusiasts of Colorado and enjoys work on his 1964 air cooled VW Beetle.