Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Electronics Technician in Salt Lake City, Utah
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This position is located within the Biomedical Engineering Section of the Engineering Service at the VA Salt Lake City Health Care System in Salt Lake City, UT and serves as a Senior Biomedical Electronics Technician - Surgical/Intensive Care Unit Specialist (SBET-S/ICU), Biomedical Networked System Specialist (SBET-BNSS), Diagnostic Imaging Specialist (SBET-DIS), or Renal Dialysis Specialist (SBET-RDS). The Electronics Technician - Biomedical has routine involvement in the typical team steps involving new facility or new system: contracting design, build (traditional), or design-build (expedited) phases of identifying requirements, concepts, codes, space, workflow, construction, project implementation, installation/deployment, in-service education, etc. Major duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Serves as an expert in managing customer needs and providing technical support for critical and complex integrated and interfaced electronic and biomedical specialty and life support and high risk devices, displays, instruments, equipment, networks and systems;
- Works independently or informally supervises other employees/teams;
- Analyzes, evaluates, installs, tests, maintains, diagnoses, troubleshoots, repairs, calibrates, updates, upgrades, modifies, services and support devices, instruments, equipment, telecommunication devices, networks and systems used in inpatient Operating Rooms/Surgery department, Emergency Rooms, Post-Anesthesia Care Unit, Intensive Care Units, Cardiology, Telemetry, Radiology, Nuclear Medicine, Ophthalmology, Ear-Nose-Throat, Psychiatry/Psychology, and outpatient Audiology, Dental, and Outpatient Clinic;
- Certifies assigned systems and sub-systems to ensure compliance with Veteran's Affairs (VA) or Veteran's Health Administration (VHA) directives, policies, and technical guidelines; Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) regulations; National Fire and Protection Association (NFPA) codes; The Joint Commission (TJC) accreditation standard criteria; Safe Medical Devices Act (SMDA); and American with Disabilities Act (ADA) safety requirements;
- Uses a wide range of principles, concepts, and practices to interpret complicated technical and service manuals, electronic schematic diagrams, and industrial blue prints, as well as creates, reviews, modifies as-built installation diagrams or remodel/redesign documentation or dense circuitry schematic documentation using specialized software;
- Understands the physiological parameters associated with a patient when diagnosing/ troubleshooting electronic and biomedical systems in association with SBET-S/ICU, BNSS, DIS, and RDS;
- Uses advanced knowledge and training of solid state, digital and integrated circuits (microprocessors), hardware, firmware, and software to isolate and resolve complex relationships between electrical, electronic, computer operating systems, software applications, mechanical, physical, hydraulic, pneumatic, pressure, thermal, chemical components of equipment systems or subsystems and changes in circuitry configurations or settings where technology may adversely impact the patient or operators within the environment of care;
- Provides management with comprehensive technical advice and consultation for appropriate services on substantive functions and practices;
- Presents findings, makes briefings, composes white papers and status reports, or creates other correspondence to foster understanding and acceptance of findings and recommendations;
- Uses advanced and specialized electronic test gear;
- Evaluates and tests new or modified system programs or software patches before installation on the network to determine if they are functional, compatible, and computer virus free;
- Designs, develops, creates, and conducts recurrent performance tests and initial checkout requirements for all new computerized biomedical equipment or biomedical networked image or information systems;
- Communicates using working knowledge of human or mammalian anatomy, physiology, and medical terminology gained from successful attendance in related formal training programs, courses, or curricula;
- Records and maintains timely documentation for all work performed by self, peers, or outside contractors, and includes utility forms, project reviews, equipment evaluations, and committee reports;
- Performs all other duties as assigned. Work schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00AM to 4:30PM
Compressed/Flexible Schedule: Not Available Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Description Title/PD#: Electronics Technician/ 10576A Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: May Be Authorized Financial Disclosure Report:Not Required
Who May Apply
This job is open to…
VA employees Nationwide (serving on career/career-conditional appointments or covered under VAs Interchange Agreement); Reinstatement/Transfer Eligibles, 30% Disabled Vets, VRAs, Severely Handicapped; Preference eligible veterans or veterans separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after three or more years of continuous active service may apply for consideration under this vacancy announcement.
Questions? This job is open to 3 groups.
- #### Job family (Series)
0856 Electronics Technical
- Biomedical Engineering Technicians
Technicians, Biomedical Engineering
Conditions of Employment
- You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
- Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
- You may be required to serve a probationary period
- Subject to background/security investigation
Physical Requirements: The work of this position is of a precise nature requiring prolonged concentration. There may be periods or conditions of extreme stress caused by the very nature of the assignment or demands placed upon the person in this position by other medical center staff. During these periods, is able to interact effectively with all levels of medical center staff and remain calm and analytical using diplomacy and tact when the situation calls for it. At times, required to work long periods of time standing or kneeling, in confined spaces and or in awkward positions, near high voltages, or electromagnetic interference, because of the nature of the assignment. Work may involve keeping balance over uneven or slippery surfaces. Work may require bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, ascending a ladder, or making other coordinated efforts. Work involves using proper lifting techniques and the demonstrated ability to lift items up to 50 pounds (23 kg) independently. The person in this position works on equipment which involves expertise in safe techniques around lethal voltages and high levels of direct or alternating electrical currents, Microwave, RF electromagnetic fields, exposure to high levels of noise, vibrations or moving mechanical parts of machinery. Some of the equipment emits intense light levels, magnetic fields, and ultrasound, x-radiation or gamma radiation that could cause burns or eye damage and may require special personal protective equipment to avoid injury. Work may place the person in this position in the presence of dust, strong odors, fumes, chemicals, confined spaces, or near to biological or infectious hazards or communicable diseases. For this reason, will be required to have special training and knowledge about hazards which can exist, about patient diseases, trip or fall hazards, or hazard isolation, and the proper time and place for making use of personal protective gear, in order to prevent personal injury on the job.
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.
Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. For a GS-11 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-09. The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. Note:Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal employees applying for reinstatement as well as current employees applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment.
You may qualify based on your experience as described below: * Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-09 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: working in a healthcare industry providing biomedical technical support services within a technical concentration such as Surgical/Intensive Care, Biomedical Networked System, Diagnostic Imaging, or Renal Dialysis Specialist; working as a technician, instructor, inspector, or mechanic (civilian or military) that showed progression in theoretical and practical knowledge of electronic theory, and of the characteristics, function, operation, and capabilities of a variety of types of electronic equipment; utilizes schematic diagrams, a variety of test equipment, and the application of appropriate electronic formulas involved in such duties as testing, troubleshooting, modifying, designing, calibrating, installing, maintaining, repairing, constructing, developing, and instructing on electronic equipment, or similar functions; developing policies, standards, and procedures for maintenance, installation, or similar functions, provided the work clearly shows that the applicant applied a specialized knowledge of the theories and principles of a variety of electronic systems or equipment. NOTE: Experience must be fully documented on your resume and must include job title, duties, month and year start/end dates AND hours worked per week. You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:
- Attention to Detail
- Customer Service
- Oral Communication
- Technical Competence
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.
There is no educational substitution at this grade level.
PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement). Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html. All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.
Receiving Service Credit or Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.
The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal/VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/.
Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.
It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
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You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
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Narrative responses are not required at this time. If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview.Your resume and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.
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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.
- Cover Letter
- Other Veterans Document
Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference.For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
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All applicants are encouraged to apply online.To apply for this position, you must complete the questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 12/18/2017 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10089860.
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(801) 584-1284 X2258
VA SALT LAKE CITY HCS 500 Foothill Drive Salt Lake City, UT US
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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/485582900. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.
Open & closing dates: 12/07/2017 to 12/18/2017
Salary: $60,210 to $78,270 per year
Pay scale & grade: GS 11
Work schedule: Full-Time
Appointment type: Permanent