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Job Title:Medical Instrument Technician (Vascular)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:RQ-12-AS-614661

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$38,790.00 to $61,678.00 / Per Year


Monday, February 27, 2012 to Monday, March 12, 2012




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy - Little Rock, AR


US Citizens and Status Candidates


Final salary determination is made by professional standards board recommendation, HR Technical review and Medical Center Director approval.



Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 614661 (Include on all documents)

Duty Location/Campus:  SURGERY Service, Little Rock Campus, Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System

Tour of Duty:  8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday

The Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System is seeking a Medical Instrument Technician (Vascular).

Area of Consideration:  The initial area of consideration is this Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System (CAVHS). Management retains the right to select any appropriate recruitment methods such as current Federal employees serving on a career or career-conditional appointment, Reinstatement eligibles, those eligible for a non-competitive appointment under a Special Appointing Authority such as those for disabled veterans, those eligible for Veterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA) under the  Veterans’ Employment Opportunities Act of 1998,veterans eligible for a VEOA appointment, severely disabled individuals, Interchange Agreements with other Agencies, etc. Candidates from other sources may be considered only after consideration has been given the best qualified candidates from this CAVHS. Current permanent Veterans Canteen Service employees may apply for consideration under this announcement.

Our Mission:  To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to veterans?

Every job at the VA impacts the Veterans that we serve. You can be part of that team, helping to make sure that our Veterans receive the top-quality care they deserve.

VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities.

For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to  


  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
  • Non-citizens may be appointed when there are no qualified U.S. citizens.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.



  • Performs noninvasive diagnostic ultrasound of all major veins and arteries peripheral to the heart.
  • Applies quantitative and qualitative methods of assessing arterial, venous, and cerebrovascular vessels to evaluate blood flow (normal/abnormal), identify anatomic pathology and collateral pathways, and obrtain vessel measurements.
  • Performs these procedures according to standardized techniques using a variety of testing modalities and equipment, to include B-mode scanning, duplex imaging with or without color flow, spectral analysis, photoplethysmography, and lower/upper extremity pressures.
  • In addition to standard, routine testing, performs the more complex procedures which includes intra-operative scanning, ultrasound guided needle aspiration/injection, duplex of aortic endovascular stents, and duplex ultrasound of AV fistulae for hemodialysis.
  • Obtains history and performs a vascular physical assessment.
  • Compiles and analyzes data from all aspects of the patient evaluation to provide a preliminary report of each procedure result.
  • Assists in maintaining adequate inventory of supplies and promoting efficient utilization of resources.
  • Provides training to others within this or other facilities and functions as a mentor for students.
  • Provides patient education.


Must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade in Federal Service.


Registration by Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) as a Registered Vascular Specialist (RVS) or by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) as a Registered Vascular Technologist (RVT) is highly desirable.


Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) certification is also desirable.

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 (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:  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. ***


( X ) BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION: Must receive favorable adjudication



       a)  Lifting, turning, transferring patients on a bed, stretcher, or wheel chair.

       b)  Moving ultrasound equipment on wheels (weighing up to approximately 500 pounds).

       c)  Use of upper extremities, at times with prolonged arm or hand positions for scanning.

       d)  Fine motor skills/dexterity to manipulate transducers and utilize computers.

       e)  Adequate visual acuity, as the majority of procedures are performed in a dimly lit room.

       f)  Adequate hearing acuity to detect very high frequency flow or very faint Doppler signals.

       g)  Ability to work in close proximity to others, sometimes in a distracting environment.

       h)  Standing/sitting:          up to 6 hours/day

            Stooping/bending:       <1 hour/day

            Pushing/pulling:          < 1 hour/day


DRUG-FREE WORKPLACE: The VA has established a Drug-Free Federal Workplace Policy.  All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment.  Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with the VA for a period of six months.  This policy extends to random testing for the use of illegal drugs by employees who occupy testing designated positions defined as sensitive in Section 7(d) of Executive Order 12564.


ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY: Proficiency in the English language is required for direct patient care positions.  (P.L. 95-201)


Your resume and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions will affect your rating or consideration for employment

Veterans' Preference:

Veterans' preference does not apply to Merit Promotion; however, if you are a Veteran applying under a special hiring authority for veterans, you must submit evidence of eligibility, such as:  a copy of your DD-214(s) (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty);  Standard Form 15 (Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference version dated December 2004), if applicable; and the proof requested on the form, such as a Civil Service Preference letter stating your percentage of disability, if applicable.

DD Form 214:  Veterans can now request a copy of their DD-214 online at the following National Personnel Records Center website, This site also provides instructions and addresses for requesting service records, medical records, proof of military service, correcting records, and replacing medals or awards. Veterans may also request a copy of their DD-214 by calling 800-827-1000 or TDD# 800-829-4833.

For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit


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


The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 90 or more before any veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at

Receiving Service Credit for 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 employees 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.

PBI Interviews:  Any interviews that may be conducted will utilize the Performance Based Interviewing process (PBIs). For more information on the performance based interview process, see

Filling Additional Vacancies:  If additional vacancies for this position occur within 90 days, this announcement may be used without reannouncement.


To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package as described in the "How to Apply" section.

In addition to the Application Package you must complete the Occupational Questionnaire.

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, March 12, 2012.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.

Follow the prompts to complete the Occupational Questionnaire.

Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application you may use the following link: After applying, return to Application Manager or your member account in USAJOBS to see the status of your application, including any messages that may have been sent to you.

If you cannot apply online:

1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire  View Occupational Questionnaire



2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire


3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to (478)-757-3144. Your 1203FX must serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

1. Complete this cover page using the following  Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 614661

2. Fax your documents to (478)-757-3144.


3. Make sure you keep your confirmation of documents faxed/received. 

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, March 12, 2012.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application you may use the following link: After applying, return to Application Manager or your member account in USAJOBS to see the status of your application, including any messages that may have been sent to you.


To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package:

1. Your Résumé

2. A complete Occupational Questionnaire and the

3. Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below):


All of the following documents are required for all applicants:


  • VA Form 10-2850c, Application for Associated Health Occupations 
  • OF 306, Declaration for Federal Employment, required and must be submitted.
  • Resume
  • SF-50 with current grade, salary and position title (if currently employed in the VA system), is required
  • Proficiency/Performance Appraisal, most recently rated, (if current Federal Employee)
  • Responses to the questionnaire 
  • Veterans' Preference documentation
  • Veterans must provide a legible copy of DD 214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc).  NOTE:  More than one DD-214 may be needed to show all dates of service.  Your veterans preference will be based on the documents you submit.
  • SF 15, complete and signed, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference,
  • VA award letter of disability indicating certification of entitlement.

Use this checklist to make sure you've submitted everything, you will not be contacted for additional information.


Avie Singleton
Phone: (501)257-1768
Agency Information:
VHA Central Arkansas HCS Little Rock
HRMS - 05
2200 Fort Roots Drive
North Little Rock, AR


After your completed application package has been received by USA Staffing, your qualifications will be reviewed.  We will also review your application to make sure that your resume supports the answers given in the questionnaire. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, you may be disqualified. Based on this review you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified electronically of your application status.

Control Number: 310418900
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