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    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?

    As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities and leadership positions at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the Nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries. 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 http://www.vacareers.va.gov/

    Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. Contact the Agency Contact on the last page of the JOA for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator.

    Who May Apply: 

    • Current permanent employees of the VA Boston Healthcare System including permanent Veterans Canteen Service employees.
    • All federal employees serving on a Career or Career-Conditional appointment.
    • Former federal employees eligible for reinstatement. 
    • Permanent Title 38 employees employed on a full-time basis. 
    • Veterans eligible as 30% Disabled Veterans. 
    • Veterans eligible under a Veterans' Recruitment Appointment (VRA).
    • Veterans eligible under the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA).
    • Those eligible under the Employment Program for People with Disabilities.
    • Those eligible under CTAP/ICTAP. 

    For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document.

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    The selectee is responsible for the design and support of medical systems at Boston Healthcare System (BHS) and the associated outreach clinics. He/She will be primarily responsible for directing of the entire life cycle of all patient-related medical equipment systems. The equipment life-cycle will encompass pre-purchase equipment comparative evaluations, site-planning, site preparation, problem analysis, coordination of outside contractors, installation, clinical and technical training, preventive maintenance, repairs and incident investigation. He/She will also provide technical advice in respect to eventual replacement of these medical systems. The wide array of systems will include state of the art, highly sophisticated and complex electronic and computerized biomedical instrumentation. The selectee must have a thorough understanding, knowledge and experience in the theories, techniques and applications of electricity and advanced analog and digital electronics. He/she must maintain through familiarity with new equipment design trends and repairs of rapid changing electronic equipment that is being introduced into the health care field. This will necessitate that the incumbents participate and successfully complete technical training courses supplied by the manufacturer, and also to be knowledgeable and make extensive use of their dedicated service publications and associated software.
    WORK SCHEDULE: Days, Monday – Friday 8am-4:30pm
    POSITION DESCRIPTION #: GS-7, 0417   GS-9, 0416   GS-11, 00753A
    NOTE: This positon is a NAGE Bargaining Unit position
    NOTE: This position is covered by locality-based comparability pay.
    NOTE: Travel and relocation expenses are not authorized.
    NOTE: Candidates who meet the qualification requirements within 15 calendar days following the closing date of the announcement will be considered.
    NOTE: The incumbent may be required to travel to other VA campuses and CBOC's.
    NOTE: This position is subject to review and possible re-classification in accordance with government wide Office of Personnel Management (OPM) standards.  Reviews could result in a change to lower grade.
    NOTE: Veterans' preference does not apply for other current permanent Federal agency employees
    NOTE: Drug Testing Position:  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 VA.  Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is received.
    NOTE: Time-in-Grade Restriction - 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. The grade may have been in any occupation but must have been held in the Federal service.
    NOTE: Incomplete applications will not be considered.
    NOTE: Current and former Federal employees must submit copies of their most recent SF-50 (Notice of Personnel Action).  The SF-50 must identify the position title, series, grade, step, tenure and type of service (Competitive or Excepted).  In some cases, more than one SF-50 may be required to show a higher grade previously held.
    NOTE: Selectee will be required to complete additional forms to proceed with employment process.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Selectee may be required to work at any Boston Healthcare System campus, as needed.

    Supervisory status


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    Merit Promotion & Status Eligibles

    Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

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    Conditions Of Employment

    • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
    • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
    • Designated Drug Testing Position
    • Successful completion of pre-employment screening/physical exam required.
    • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

    PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Incumbent often will be required to walk or stand for extended periods of time.  Work at the bench, sitting is often tedious and precise, requiring good concentration with proper hand-eye coordination.  Some climbing and working from ladders may be required.  The ability to lift objects up to 50 pounds is required.

    The Department of Veteran Affairs must provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities where appropriate.


    (From the OPM Qualification Standards Operating Manual)


    Specialized Experience                       -OR-

    Substitution of Education


    1 year equivalent to at least GS-5

    1 full year of graduate level education or superior academic achievement


    1 year equivalent to at least the GS-7

    Master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree


    1 year equivalent to at least the GS-9

    PhD. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M, if related

    SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:  Specialized experience of the Biomedical Equipment Support Specialist (BESS) consists of installing, troubleshooting and repairing complex medical devices for patient diagnosis and treatment.  This work experience must be equivalent to the next lower grade level that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must be documented on the resume.

    • Knowledge of analog and digital electronics, electro mechanics, electricity, hydraulics, pneumatics, chemistry, anatomy, physiology and medical terminology in order to inspect, install, repair complex medical equipment for patient safety and operator use.
    • Ability to maintain, troubleshoot, and repair state of the art biomedical equipment and systems.
    • Knowledge of the codes and standards of VA, Joint Commission, NFPA, AAMI, FDA and AHA as they apply to safety and operation of medical instrumentation.
    • Ability to communicate technical information effectively orally and in writing to a wide variety of audiences.


    Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment.  You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/.   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.

    Additional information

    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 85 or more before any Veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website.

    This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

    How You Will Be Evaluated


    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.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance


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    Required Documents

    All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):

    Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:

       ·Cover Letter
       ·Other Veterans Document

    Please use this checklist to ensure 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.

    Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), or 10pt (CP/CPS, XPP, XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP), on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section(s) provided. A legible copy of your DD214(s) indicating character of service, disability certification, SF-15 (if claiming 10 pt. preference) or if you are currently serving on active duty and expected to be released or discharged within 120 days; documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.  Documentation is required for eligibility verification.


    Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:  You are encouraged to apply online.  Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application. If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents to your online application, follow the directions located at the following site: Fax Options.  The Vacancy ID of the job opportunity announcement is 1962764.

    NOTE:  If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203-FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

    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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    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

    VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered: http://www.vacareers.va.gov/why-choose-va/benefits/index.asp.

    VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies.  This position may be authorized for telework.  Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process.

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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    How to Apply

    All applicants are encouraged to apply online.

    To apply for this position, you must complete the View Occupational Questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

    The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, September 15, 2017 to receive consideration.

    1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.

    2. Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.  

    NOTE:  It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.  

    To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.  Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

    To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement.  You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

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    Job Information


    Clinical Engineer
    940 Belmont St
    Brockton, MA 02301
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    Service: Clinical Engineering
    Vacancy Identification Number (VIN):1962764

    Next steps

    This position will be open and continuous for 6 months or until all positions are filled.  The first certificate will be issued 15 days from the opening of the announcement then at the end of each month thereafter.

    You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USAJOBS account and clicking on "Application Status."  For a more detailed update of your status, click on "more information."  Information regarding applicant notification points can be found in the USAJobs Resource Center.

Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy And gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change in the workplace or the way things are customarily done that provides an equal employment opportunity to an individual with a disability. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) must provide reasonable accommodations:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

Legal and regulatory guidance

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/470396600. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.