This position is located in the Facilities Management Support, Biomedical Engineering Section at the VA Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA. As one of the senior-level Biomedical Equipment Support Specialist (BESS), you will be assigned to highly complex medical equipment in one or more of the following functional areas: clinical physiological monitoring/telemetry, surgical/operating room (OR) systems, dialysis/water treatment, medical information technology (IT) equipment, Imaging/Radiology, or Clinical Laboratory. The employee is responsible for:
Finds solutions to failures of assigned equipment in the most cost efficient and expedient manner; determines and implements solutions using accepted problem resolution approaches while maintaining high standards of equipment performance and safety;
Performs initial inspections and periodic preventive maintenance (PM) for highly complex medical equipment
Coordinates the installations of new and upgraded equipment/systems;
Schedules, monitors, and reviews all outside vendor services to insure appropriate, quality workmanship in a timely fashion;
Serves as technical resource and advisor to the Supervisor and Biomedical Engineers on principles and practices which relate to his/her area of technical expertise;
Coordinates with Facility Information Technology Service (FITS) staff to interface medical equipment via the hospital’s computer network and to VistA Imaging/Clinical Procedures;
Coordinates and communicates with FITS staff regarding shared responsibilities for medical IT equipment and systems;
Maintain list of medical IT equipment and systems to include Virtual Local Area Network (VLAN), Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, electronic Protected Health Information (ePHI) requirements, virus software, security, and Health Insurance and Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA) compliance;
Assists other BESS regarding network and IT related issues for medical equipment under their responsibility; and performs other related duties as assigned.
WORK SCHEDULE: Full-Time, Monday-Friday, 8am-4:30pm; NOTE: May be required to work different schedules including second or third shifts, weekends, and/or alternate work schedules (i.e., 10 hour days)"
Incentives: Recruitment and Relocation incentive maybe offered for this position, to receive consideration for the incentives, the selectee must be among the best qualified candidates. The selectee must sign a service agreement.
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WHO MAY APPLY:
Current federal employees serving under a career or career-conditional appointment in the competitive service
Former federal employees with reinstatement eligibility
CTAP and ICTAP
Persons eligible for non-competitive appointment under special hiring authorities
Persons eligible under an Interchange Agreement, Veterans’ preference eligibles or veterans who have been separated from the Armed Forces under honorable conditions after substantially completing at least three consecutive years of active duty
Current federal employees serving under a permanent appointment in the Veterans Canteen Service with 12 months of permanent employment
Current excepted service employees serving under a permanent appointment with 12 months of permanent employment
Qualifications & Evaluations
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS FOR THIS POSITION:
EXPERIENCE: You must have one (1) full year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade in the Federal Service (GS-9). Specialized experience includes applying a range of principles and practices to equipment with technical requirements and IT interrelationships; installing, repairing, maintaining, testing, inspecting, aligning, and calibrating medical equipment and systems including medical IT equipment systems;performing biomedical equipment control, operator training, and consultation functions; requisitioning parts,supplies, tools, and equipment from vendor sources; serving as a technical consultant pertaining to medicalequipment technology; performing evaluations of equipment specifications and recommending selection of replacement and additional medical equipment; knowledge of the characteristics, capabilities, installation, and configuration of medical equipment and its associated networks and the protocols governing the transmission of medical information and data; knowledge of computer technology including networks, operating systems, and applications software. NOTE: One 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. ~OR~
EDUCATION: You must have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree, or (3) three full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree, or a LL.M., if related to the work of this position to be filled. This education must have been obtained in an accredited college, or university. NOTE: You must submit a copy of your transcripts (unofficial or official) with your application. Education cannot be credited without documentation. ~OR~
COMBINATION: You must have an equivalent combination of graduate education (beyond aMaster’s or equivalent graduate degree, or (2) two full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree, or a LL.B. or J.D., if related, which is required at the next lower grade, GS-9) and specialized experience to meet the total experience requirements. This education must have been obtained in an accredited college, or university. NOTE: You must submit a copy ofyour transcript (unofficial or official) with your application.
A Quality Ranking Factor* has been requested by the facility to help determine which of the basically qualified applicants are likely to be better qualified for a position. The quality ranking factor for this position is: Do you possess an AAMI certification as a Biomedical Engineering Technician (CBET) and/or Radiology Equipment Specialist (CRES)? and/or Do you have one or more IT/Networking certifications?
*Quality Ranking Factors are skills, knowledge, abilities, or other worker characteristics which could beexpected to result in superior performance on the job. Quality ranking factors will not be used for screening, but may be used as ranking criteria. Applicants with higher proficiency levels may rank above those with lowerproficiency levels on a quality ranking factor.
You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:
- Ability to troubleshoot, repair, test, calibrate, and maintain highly complex medical equipment/systems.
- Ability to complete performance verifications and preventive maintenance (PM) inspections on highly complex medical equipment/systems
- Ability to perform installations and initial inspections/acceptance testing of medical equipment/systems
- Skill in independently prioritizing and scheduling work
- Knowledge of and ability to interpret/apply scientific, technical, and regulatory aspects of medical equipment/systems including knowledge of computers and networking for medical IT equipment/systems
- Ability to effectively communicate verbally, in writing, and through e-mail
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Work assignments involve bench and on-site repairs requiring sitting, standing, walking, lifting, climbing, bending, and working in cramped and awkward positions; frequently handles objects weighing up to 40 pounds and occasionally objects weighing in excess of 40 pounds. Employee may be exposed to tremendously high electrical voltages exceeding 120,000 volts and currents and may sustain cuts, bruises or burns caused by electric shock, hot components, and ionizing radiation x-rays. May be exposed to patient bodily fluids when working in patient-care areas.
For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management’s website at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONSREGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s). APPLICANTS 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. Please refer to this checklist to ensure proper accreditation and for foreign education requirements.
Your application, rsum and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment. You may also be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to site specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome.
Benefits & Other Info
Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life. For more information please visit us at http://www4.va.gov/jobs/job_benefits/benefits.asp.