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Job Title:Medical Supply Technician

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Department of Veterans Affairs - Agency Wide

Job Announcement Number:VHA-438-12-ALW540288

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$31,315.00 to $40,706.00 / Per Year


Monday, March 12, 2012 to Friday, March 30, 2012




Full Time - Permanent


2 vacancies - Sioux Falls, SD United StatesView Map


Applications will only be accepted from the following hiring categories: Current permanent competitive service employees of Sioux Falls VAHCS and permanent Veterans Canteen Service employees, Status eligibles - current career or career-conditional federal employees with competitive status, reinstatement eligibles, Veterans Recruitment Authority (VRA) eligibles, 30% or more disabled veterans, Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) eligibles, certain military spouses, persons with disabilities




 Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 621490


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?


How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

At the Sioux Falls VA Health Care System (SFVAHCS), we strive to hire only the best! Working with and for America's Veterans is a privilege and we pride ourselves on the quality of care we provide. In return for your commitment to quality health care for our nation's Veterans, the VA offers an incomparable benefits package. Located in southeast South Dakota, Sioux Falls is a progressive family-oriented community, with an extremely low crime rate. Four seasons with abundant recreation activities. No state income tax. The SFVAHCS is a teaching hospital providing a full range of patient care service, with state-of-the-art technology as well as education and research. Care is provided to eligible veterans in eastern South Dakota, Northwestern Iowa, and Southwestern Minnesota. Comprehensive health care is provided through primary care, tertiary care, and long-term care in the areas of medicine, surgery, psychiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurology, oncology, dentistry, geriatrics, and transitional care. The SFVAHCS is part of VA Midwest Health care System (VISN 23), which includes facilities in Minnesota, North Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota. 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.


Applicants are encouraged to read the entire announcement. Your application may not be given full consideration if you do not submit all required documentation.


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., mental retardation (intellectual disabilities), severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more.


  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.


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The Medical Supply Technician is responsible for the procurement, storage, distribution, and inventory control of medical supplies for use in the various sections and service lines of the Sioux Falls VA Health Care System (SFVAHCS). This is to include, but not limited to patient wards, units, specialty clinics, Operating Room (Surgery), Endoscopy, Laboratory, Radiology, and Dental service lines. The Technician receives, stores, distributes sterile and general supplies and equipment used in patient care in various hospital wards, services, and clinics.  Items may be of a disposable or reusable nature and include instruments, medical equipment, trays and sets, and various other items. 

Duties associated with this position include, but are not limited to:

  • Ordering, receiving, storage, preparation, and distribution of supplies to hospital wards and/or clinics.
  • Processing of orders for supplies in accordance with purchase procedures and policies.
  • Exchanging, inspecting, and re-supplying of items to insure adequate availability for timely delivery.
  • Maintaining both primary and secondary storage areas in clean/sterile state, in accordance with regulation and local policy.
  • Advises, updates, and explains changes in medial supplies to clinical and ward personnel.
  • Provides technical assistance in applicable matters (troubleshooting, inventory turn-around times, etc.)
  • Follows established procedures designed to ensure clean and safe storage of transportation of medical supplies and equipment.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Work Schedule: The tour of duty is primarily day tour.

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.


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To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Time-in-grade:  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.
GS-5 Specialized Experience: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at the the next lower grade (GS-4).  Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to; processing, assembling, trouble-shooting, preparing, storing, and issuing sterile and un-sterile medical supplies and equipment. The applicant must possess knowledge of the technical names, general uses, physical characteristics, and operating conditions of medical supply items; knowledge of preparation, storage procedures; and knowledge of aseptic techniques. Experience in surgical or endoscopic clinics is preferred.


EDUCATION SUBSTITUTION: A 4-year course of study above the high school level, leading to a bachelor’s degree with courses related to the occupation may be substituted for the specialized experience requirement at the GS-5 grade level.


COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at the GS-05 level.  To calculate, first identify the percentage of required education you have earned (when substituting, you cannot use the first 60 semester hours that you earned).  Then identify the percentage of required experience you possess.  Add the two percentages.  The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify at the GS-05. For example, an applicant who has 9 semester hours of graduate level education (i.e. 50% of graduate education required) and 6 months of creditable specialized experience (i.e. 50% of the required experience) would equal 100% of the required experience for the position.  A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and other characteristics (KSAOs) based on your application for this position.

·         Knowledge of inventory policies and procedures.

·         Knowledge of storage of supplies and stock rotation.

·         Ability to interpret, apply, adhere to guidelines for Logistics; using the hand books and other  

     policies and procedures.

·         Knowledge of procedures, operations, and medical terminology to perform interrelated assignments

     requiring training and experience, for a variety of diagnostic and treatment procedures.

·         Ability to communicate orally.


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.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume/application does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

PHYSICAL EFFORT:  Work requires regular and recurring physical exertion such as standing for prolonged periods of time, carrying medical supply items weighing up to 50 pounds, frequent bending and stretching/reaching, and pushing fully loaded medical supply carts weighing as much as 750 pounds which must be negotiated up inclines and over rises, or positioning them on sterilizer track rails.  The work requires dexterity in such tasks as precisely aligning component parts while reassembling medical equipment.  Tension and stress are induced by the critical nature of producing work results critical to patient care on pre-established time frames and in emergent situations. Work days can be lengthened without notice by emergency supply needs.

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.  Applicants must, therefore, only report 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. ***

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.).  Additionally, Veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability. Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, non-service-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as well as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed SF-15, “Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference” and required documentation with your application materials.  For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit


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

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: (Failure to comply may be grounds for withdrawal of an offer of employment or dismissal after appointment)

  • Applicants tentatively selected for certain designated positions may be subject to a random drug screening for illegal drug use. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment.
  • New Appointees will be subject to a background investigation to determine suitability. Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify at the time of appointment that they have registered with the Selective Service system or are exempt for having to do so under Selective Service law.
  • Applicants must not be listed on the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office of Inspector General Sanctions database.
  • Applicant is subject to a pre-employment physical examination.
  • Applicants selected for positions through this announcement will be subject to a one or two year probationary period.


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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package.  This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently offered:


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.

 Information about CTAP and ICTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at .

"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." ]


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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package (See “Required Documents” section below).  The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, March 30, 2012.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the bottom of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Be sure to upload the required documents before you submit your application.  Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.  Mailed/emailed applications will not be accepted.

Note: To change or update your application, simply reapply through My USAJOBS, before the closing date.  To check the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account (, select Application Status and click on the more information link under the application status for this position. 

If you cannot apply online: you will need to complete the Occupational Questionnaire (View Occupational Questionnaire) by submitting your answers on the 1203FX form ( and faxing the completed form with all supporting documents to (478)757-3144. The 1203FX form will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.


To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload: Complete the following cover page using 621490.  You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.


Incomplete applications will not be considered. To apply for this position: you must provide a complete Application Package which includes the material listed below. If the required material is not submitted with your application package you may not be given credit or consideration for this position.

  1. Complete and current resume. REQUIRED Please upload as "Resume".
  2. OF 306, "Declaration for Federal Employment. You must complete this form to determine your acceptability for Federal employment. (THIS FORM NEEDS YOUR SIGNATURE ON PAGE 2, if you do not submit the required signed OF 306, you will not be considered for this position.) (Obtain OF-306 here) REQUIRED Please upload as "OF-306".
  3. Occupational Questionnaire. (Listed within the Application Manager program when you click on the "Apply Online" button) REQUIRED
  4. Copy of latest performance evaluation - All current and previous Federal Employees must provide their last or most recent performance evaluation with their application package. (If applicable) Please upload as "Performance Appraisal".
  5. SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action" - Attention, all previous and current Federal Employees must provide their last or most recent SF-50, 'Notification of Personnel Action'. (If applicable) Please upload as "SF-50".
  6. If a veteran: Veterans Preference eligible, including VRA 30% disabled, must submit a legible copy of ALL MEMBER 4, 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. Veteran preference will only be given when proper documentation is submitted. (If applicable) Please upload as "DD-214".
  7. Disabled Veterans and other Veterans eligible for 10-point preference must also submit an SF-15 with current proof of a service-connected disability. 10-point preference will only be given when proper documentation is submitted. (Obtain SF-15 here) (If applicable) Please upload as "SF-15".
  8. VA Civil Service Preference Letter - If applying for 10-point Veterans preference using an SF-15 you must also include a copy of your VA Civil Service Preference Letter. A VA Civil Service Preference Letter can be obtained from the nearest VBA Regional Office. (If applicable) Please upload as "Other Veterans Documents".

Notice to all applicants: Failure to provide all required documents may result in loss of consideration for this vacancy. If a determination is made that your application package is incomplete, you may receive no further consideration for this job announcement. You must provide the information listed above if it applies. Credit will not be given if proofs of qualifications are not received. Requests for reconsideration of ratings may not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package. You will not be contacted to provide missing information or to clarify conflicting information.




Alicin Weiler
Phone: (605)336-3230x7710
Agency Information:
VHA Sioux Falls HCS
Department of Veterans Affairs
2501 West 22nd Street
Sioux Falls, SD


After the vacancy announcement closes and a referral certificate is issued, an electronic notification letter - or e-mail - will be sent to applicants who provide an e-mail address.  Otherwise, you will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service within 2 to 4 weeks.

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