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Job Title:Medical Instrument Technician (Anesthesiology)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VHA-671-794413-12-HYB-LRH

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$47,448.00 to $61,678.00 / Per Year


Monday, December 03, 2012 to Monday, December 17, 2012




Full Time - Permanent




2 vacancies in the following location:
San Antonio, TX United StatesView Map


US Citizens and Status Candidates


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 794413 


NOTE:  The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's qualifications and recommend the step at which the candidate will be placed.  The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.


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.


The South Texas Veterans Health Care System (STVHCS) is comprised of two inpatient campuses: the Audie L. Murphy Memorial VA Hospital in San Antonio and the Kerrville VA Hospital in Kerrville, Texas.  The STVHCS serves one of the largest primary service areas in the nation, with 63 counties, and is part of the VA Heart of Texas Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN 17), with offices located in Arlington, Texas. Providing a service to Veterans with a working staff of more than 3,100 employees, South Texas provides health care services for 93,000 Veterans.  The STVHCS is a facility providing primary, secondary and tertiary health care in medicine, surgery, psychiatry, and rehabilitation medicine. It also supports a 90 bed Extended Care Therapy Center, a 30-bed Spinal Cord Injury Center, an eight-bed Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, and a Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center. Affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, the system has an active ambulatory care program with numerous satellite outpatient clinics.  The system dedicates 28,000 square feet to medical research, and there are more than 150 research investigators conducting over 500 research activities.  The system has a National Institute of Health (NIH) funded General Clinical Research Center and the Veterans Evidence-Based Research Dissemination Implementation Center (VERDICT). The Biomedical Research Foundation of South Texas was created in 1990 to support the research mission of the system.

City of San Antonio Information:

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

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  


NOTICE TO MALE APPLICANTS:  Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, will be required to complete the certification documentation to confirm their Selective Service registration status.


IMPORTANT NOTICE: All applicants applying for this position are required to submit the VA Form 10-2850c. This form and instructions can be found in the "How to Apply" section of this announcement. You will not be considered if you do not complete and submit this document.


  • U. S. Citizenship
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • English Language Proficiency required
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Tour of Duty: Rotating Shifts, Days, Evenings, Weekends & Holidays.


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

  •  Pre-cleans all RME equipment (i.e. bronchoscopes, Glide scopes, Tee probes)Assists Anesthesia staff as needed with connecting and operating invasive hemodynamic monitoring equipment (arterial pressure monitors), Anesthesia Machines, ventilators intubation bronchoscopes, ultrasonic scanning devices etc.
  • Performs clinical laboratory tests for the operating rooms and the entire hospital as needed.
  • Properly disposes of all non-sterile equipment used in procedures and properly store medications and sterile equipment with in the Anesthesia lab and storage area.  Serve's as a circulating technican for supplies and to assist with documentation of hemodynamic patient data.
  • Provides assistance to residents in the SICU with Blood Gas, monitor set-up, calibrations and invasive line placements.
  • Participates in the application of safety and infection control processes and adheres to All facility Bio Med and Sterile Processing and Decontamination requirements and regulations.
  • Performs basic use of electrocardiography (EKG) equipment and correctly uses non-invasive patient monitoring equipment specific to anesthesiology and identifies and understands wave forms including recognizing and distinguishing normal from abnormal, artificat from abnormality, and forewarn the physician or anesthetist of an impending life-threatening situation.Pre-cleans all RME equipment (i.e. bronchoscopes, Glide scopes, Tee probes)


Tour of Duty:  Rotating Shifts, Days, Evenings, Weekends & Holidays. 


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·         U.S. citizenship.  

·         Education. There are no specific educational requirements for this occupation.

·         Certification. Licensure or Certification is not required for this occupation; Registration through the American Society of Anesthesia Technologists and Technicians (ASATT) is highly desirable.  Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support(ACLS) certifications are also desirable for employees at this level.

·         English Language Proficiency. Medical Instrument Technicians must be proficient in spoken and written English.

·         Physical Requirements. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.



(1)  GS-9


   (a)  Experience.  At least 1 year of experience comparable to the next lower grade level which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics related to the duties of the positions to be filled.  In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:


   (b)  Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities


1.  Knowledge and comprehensive understanding of laboratory testing procedures to include maintenance, calibration, and quality control procedures.  This includes the ability to perform these lab tests accurately and correctly.

2.  Advanced knowledge of electronics and anesthesia equipment with skill in repairing and maintaining this equipment and repairing complex problems.

3.  Comprehensive knowledge of central venous and pulmonary artery (Swan-Ganz) catherization procedures including measuring cardiac outputs and intra-aortic balloon counterpulsation procedures (i.e. balloon pump).

4.  Knowledge and ability to assist with airway management techniques.

5.  Knowledge of JCAHO and other regulatory requirements.

6.  Ability to communicate effectively and professionally with employees at varying grade levels.

7.  Ability to manage and supervise employees.

8.  Ability to provide, or provide for, staff development and training.


Special Assignments.  Perioperative programs at some facilities require that anesthesia technicians perform duties that exceed the full performance level.  The anesthesia technician at this level performs difficult and responsible anesthesia technology duties with considerable latitude for the exercise of independent judgment.  The technician may perform clinical laboratory tests for the unit (i.e., blood gas, activated clotting time and glucose) or perform more difficult equipment repairs.  The technician may also participate in large-vessel cannulations (with subsequent monitoring characteristic of open-heart, transplant and major vascular surgeries.  These assignments are expected to be relatively few in number and must represent substantial additional responsibility over the full performance level.




References :   VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G27, Medical Instrument Technician  at .  VA Handbook 5005 is available in the local Human Resources Office.

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 their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference.  For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit


Your application, résumé 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 cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome.


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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, thrift savings plan, 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 following Web addresses are provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees.

·         Flexible Spending Accounts - The Federal Flexible Spending Accounts Program (FSAFeds) allows you to pay for certain health and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars. For additional information visit:

·         Health Insurance - The Federal Employees Health Benefits Program offers over 100 optional plans. For additional information visit:

·         Leave - Most Federal employees earn both annual and sick leave. For additional information visit:

·         Life Insurance - The Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance Program (FEGLI) offers: Basic Life Insurance plus three types of optional insurance, for additional information visit:

·         Long Term Care Insurance - The Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program (FLTCIP) provides long term care insurance for Federal employees and their parents, parents-in-law, step parents, spouses, and adult children. For additional information visit:

·         Retirement Program - Almost all new employees are automatically covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). FERS is a three-tiered retirement plan. The three tiers are: Social Security Benefits, Basic Benefit Plan, Thrift Savings Plan. For additional information visit:


This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.


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.


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To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the right side of this screen 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.

YOU MUST INCLUDE VA FORM 10-2850c IN YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VACANCY.   You may upload the completed form to your USAJOBS or Application Manager account if you apply online.  Then you can use the uploaded form again and again when applying for future vacancies.  Please see this guide ( for more information on uploading and re-using the form in your applications.  Other required forms and documents can also be saved in your account and used the same way.  Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is much easier and faster.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, just reapply through your account in USAJOBS.  Check your account ( to see the status of your application after applying, 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 all supporting documents to (478)757-3144.  Your 1203FX form must be placed on top of all materials being faxed and will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
  4. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

  1. Complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID: 794413.  You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.
  2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, December 17, 2012.



You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at (required).
  2. CV or Resume.
  3. Occupational Questionnaire
  4. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214.  Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must also complete and submit an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (available at  
  5. If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action.
  6. Copy of college transcript required.
  7. Any other documents required by the checklist.



Lorelei Hudson
Phone: (210)617-5300x17403
Agency Information:
VHA South Texas HCS San Antonio
San Antonio, TX


After we receive your complete application package (including any required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed to decide if you meet the basic requirements.  You will be notified when this decision is made.

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, thrift savings plan, 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 .

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