Member Profiles

Professional Thermographers Association Corporate & Professional Member Profiles

Highlight of key people in the infrared industry that have demonstrated a high degree of commitment to providing superior customer service and to sharing their knowledge, resources, and service offerings with other members of this large and growing community.  These "Professional" and/or "Corporate" members have agreed to abide by the code of ethics of the Professional Thermographers Association, and have vowed to uphold these values of integrity and trust in their every day business practices.

 Member of the Professional Thermographers Association

Fred Colbert
President, Level III Certified Thermographer/Instructor

Colbert Infrared Services, Inc.
14900 Interurban Ave. South, Suite 230
Tukwila, Washington 98168-4654 USA
Phone: 206-568-4431 Fax: 206-568-4437

Member Details:


Fred Colbert, President, Level III Certified Thermographer/Instructor

Fred Colbert launched the business that would become Colbert Infrared Services, Inc. in 1984. At that point he already had seven years of infrared inspection experience under his belt. He had observed first hand that the industry was not keeping up with the times in the burgeoning information age. His vision was to deliver uncompromised quality and accuracy in infrared inspections by exploiting technological innovations continuously. His ability to manage the growth of the company has brought it to be one of the largest and most successful infrared inspection consultancies in North America.

Thermal Trend Certified Solution ProviderDuring the same period, Fred developed the Thermal Trendâ„¢ database and successfully brought it to market. His management of the Thermal Trendâ„¢ global sales force has made Thermal Trend the top selling Infrared predictive maintenance inspection management software program worldwide.

Fred is a Level IIII certified thermographer. He has taught the art and science of thermography since 1993, first through the Academy of Infrared Thermography, and now through the Professional Thermographers Association and Colbert Infrared Services, Inc. He is responsible for PTA courseware and course oversight, and teaches certified thermographers to ASNT Levels I, II and III standards. He also teaches specialized application courses throughout the world.

Fred frequently speaks at international infrared technology conferences, and has had several white papers published. His work has been featured in Maintenance Technology magazine twice. Additionally, Fred testified as an expert witness on infrared surveillance techniques, technology and evidence in the famous Supreme Court privacy case Kyllo v. United States (1998).

Fred is currently a Manufacturer's Representative for Mikron Infrared, FLUKE, FLIR Certified Consultant, and a member of ASNT, NFPA and charter member of The Professional Thermographers Association.

Training/Certification Level: AIRT Certified Level III

I am involved with Infrared Thermography as: IR Inspections
IR Expert
Thermal Trend Certified Solution Provider
Manufacturer's Representative
Equipment Sales

My areas of interest and/or expertise are: Electrical
Building Envelope
Quality Control/Quality Assurance
Nondestructive Materials Testing
Process Monitoring & Control
Research and Development
Thermal Night Vision

Additional Comments:

Skilled Sales Manager managing a sales force that is spread in various locations including the US, Canada, Mexico and South America, England, the Middle East and Asia. Acute awareness of how geo-cultural differences affects the overall sales strategy.