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: Richard Marshall, Vice President: Halie Anthony, Secretary: Rob Sanchez, Treasurer: Keith Mobley.
And our Board Members: Matt Oetker, Ryan Titus, Michael Kelley, Jonathon Howell, and Bob Keltch.
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.
Richard has been an active member of the Colorado Association for Biomedical Equipment Technicians (CABMET) and has recently been elected President of the organization.
Halie Anthony is the Manager of Information Technology, Ancillary Applications for the University of Colorado Health System. She obtained both a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration/Management and an MBA from Colorado Technical University in Colorado Springs. Halie worked in the DoD industry for 12 years in the areas of Information Technology, Systems Engineering, Space, and Missile Defense. She deployed twice and worked closely with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) and the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). As a manager for Lockheed Martin, she worked in various locations around Colorado Springs such as NORAD, Schriever AFB, and the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and held different leadership positions such as IT Manager, Team Chief, and Systems Engineer.
Halie moved into the Healthcare Industry in 2012 to start her role as the Operations Manager of Clinical Engineering. During her time in Clinical Engineering, she brought IT and Clinical Engineering closer together at the hospital level by working with IT security on patching medical devices. She was able to setup training for her staff and have them come to the table with IT to work through critical security concerns as well as help IT understand the delicate issues of patching FDA regulated medical devices. As the VP of CABMET, Halie hopes to continue to influence and facilitate conversations between Clinical Engineering and IT in our rapidly changing HTM environment.
Rob is currently employed at GE Healthcare as part of the Rocky Mountain Response team, covering over 50 ambulatory surgical centers, clinics, and rural facilities in Colorado and southern Wyoming. He has been with GE since 2006 and prior to that he worked for an OEM as well as a rental company in Colorado and New Mexico.
Rob began his career in Healthcare Technology Management upon graduating from USAMEOS at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center in 1997 and served over 15 years in the military, to include stints in both the US Marines and the US Army in various positions including shop team leader of the Medical Maintenance Department at Evans Army Community Hospital at Ft. Carson, Colorado. Rob has an Associate in Science Degree in Electronics Engineering Technology and is also currently working on obtaining his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration.
Rob has been an active member of CABMET since relocating to Denver in 1999, and received his Certification in 2009.
Keith Mobley, CBET
Keith Mobley, has been in the Biomedical Equipment Field for 43 years, presently works for Mountain View Biomedical Services, providing general biomedical equipment services, recently retired from 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.
Board Member, Former Vice President
Matt Oetker, CBET
Matt is a supervisor for biomedical operations on the western slope of Colorado for HSS. He began his career in biomed after graduating from USAMEOS at Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center in Aurora, Co in 1994. He spent 7 years in the Iowa and Missouri National Guard as a BMET. He has worked as both an in-house technician and a field service technician in several different modalities and has enjoyed the diversity he experienced with each position he has held.
Matt has been an active CABMET member since relocating back to Colorado from Iowa in 2010. Matt attended the CABMET CBET study group in the spring of 2013 and was certified in May of 2013. He enjoyed serving as CABMET vice president from January 2013 to December 2015.
Matt enjoys spending time with his family. He has been married to Stephanie for over 14 years and has a son, Justin, and 3 daughters, Taylor, Paityn, and Tegan. He also has 3 granddaughters. In his spare time he enjoys riding horses in the mountains outside of Montrose with his wife and father-in-law.
I am the Operations Manager of Clinical Engineering for Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs. I started my career after graduating with an Associate’s Degree in Biomed-Technology in 2000. Moved to Colorado and worked with a field service company out of Denver from August 2000 until December 2003.
Joined Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs in December 2003. Went back to school and completed my Bachelor’s in Management in 2005 and Master’s in Business Administration in 2006. Received my CBET in 2008. Continued at Memorial as a biomed tech until February 2012 when I was promoted to the Vendor Services Manager. As the VSM, responsible for all vendor services and service contracts on medical equipment. Oversaw and budgeted for $3.5 million annual spend on contracts and another $900k for non-contract services. Created quarterly vendor reviews, annual evaluations and vendor scorecards to ensure the organization was receiving quality services. Responsible for cancelling over $1 million in frivolous contracts.
Started as the Operations Manager of Clinical Engineering at Memorial in February 2015. Responsible for staff development and performance, yearly budgets, department performance improvement, multiple equipment and construction projects, database integrity and any in-house functions of the department.
Michael Kelley is currently the Operations Manager of Clinical Engineering at UC Health Northern Colorado. He has worked in the Healthcare field over 24 years. He began his career in Healthcare Technology Management by completing the Biomedical Equipment Technician School at Sheppard Air Force Base in 1999. He also honorably served 16 years of active duty in the United States Navy. Soon after, he obtained his Certified Biomedical Equipment Technician (CBET) in 2003.
In a pursuit to enter the management world, he obtained his Bachelors of Science in Healthcare Management from Southern Illinois University in 2005. Finally, he earned his Masters of Science in Management (Healthcare Administration) from Colorado State University in 2013. He has been an active member of CABMET since 2008 and was just appointed to the board this January 2016. Michael has a true passion for strong leadership, staff performance and development. The ability to positively impact technician’s, team member’s lives both professionally and personally continues to be his focus.
He has been an active member of CABMET since 2008 and was just appointed to the board this January 2016. He is excited for this opportunity to represent the HTM community as a board member of the highly respected CABMET family.