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Job Title:Medical Instrument Technician (Diagnostic Ultrasound)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:799824GC

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

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$73,239.00 to $86,973.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, December 11, 2012 to Wednesday, January 02, 2013




Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Palo Alto, CA United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 799824 (Include # on all documents)

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 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


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.


  • 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


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DUTIES: Incumbent of this position is assigned to the Radiology Service of the VA Palo Alto Health Care System and is responsible for the following: performs diagnostic ultrasound examinations of the body; performs Duplex (B-scan and Doppler) examinations of the carotid and other peripheral arteries and veins; performs Doppler examinations of the intra-abdominal blood vessels; assists the radiologist in determining depths, locations, and lesion angles to be reviewed; works with the radiology residents and fellow staff and students in all aspects of ultrasound; performs computerized ultrasonic tomographic scans of major and minor organ systems; demonstrates ultrasound techniques to residents and students performing scans and in the generation of images for interpretation; brings to the attention of the physician significant findings, which may require immediate or emergency medical attention; performs portable examinations in the Intensive Care Unit and other in-house locations as needed; confers and works closely with the radiologist when performing complex ultrasound examinations; receives patients, explains procedures, positions the patients, and performs examinations; evaluates the nature of critical and emergency procedures and rearranges priorities to accommodate; maintains records of patients treated, examinations performed, scans taken, etc.; maintains quality assurance processes on all ultrasound equipment; calibration of the ultrasound units involving the use of tissue equivalent phantom to measure beam profile and resolution; and ensures that all study images are sent to the archival device and are also sent to the Radiology Service PACS for permanent storage.


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1. U.S. Citizen


2. Must be proficient in spoken and written English. 


Certification. Although not a requirement, Registration by Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) or by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) is highly desirable.  Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certifications are also desirable.


EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS: At least 1 year of full-time, creditable experience comparable to the next lower grade level, which is directly related to the duties of the position to be filled.  NOTE: Education, training, internships and externships are not creditable as experience for this grade level.


You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Other Characteristics (KSAOs) as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:


1. Knowledge of diagnostic ultrasound procedures.


2. Knowledge of ultrasound imaging and equipment.


3. Ability to provide strong customer service and interpersonal skills.


4. Ability to perform efficiently and effectively in an independent manner.


5. Knowledge of and compliance with computer security requirements.


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 .


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.


RPL/ICTAP/CTAP:  The Reemployment Priority List (RPL), 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. Information about RPL, ICTAP, and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at:


Reasonable Accommodation: This office provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If requested and appropriate, and you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify this office either orally or in writing. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

Information about Reasonable Accommodation is on OPM’s Reasonable Accommodation website at:


The Department of Veterans Affairs supports a drug-free environment.


The Department of Veterans Affairs is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

VA employees, applicants for employment, and former employees shall not be discriminated against based on race, color, religion, gender (sex), national origin, age, physical or mental disability, and/or reprisal for filling a charge of discrimination, participating in an investigation, or having opposed prohibited discrimination.  Sexual and non-sexual harassment based on the above categories is also prohibited.


This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies within (90) days.








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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 COMPLETED (FILLED OUT, SIGNED, AND DATED) 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: 799824.  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 Wednesday, January 02, 2013.


You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. CV or Resume.
  2. Completed (filled out, signed, and dated) VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at (required).

  3. Occupational Questionnaire
  4. Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at  This is a required form and must be submitted with your application.
  5. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 [Member-4 copy] (required).   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
  6. If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required).


Phone: (650)493-5000x63951
Fax: (478)757-3144
Agency Information:
VHA Palo Alto HCS
Department of Veterans Affairs
Palo Alto Health Care System
Palo Alto, CA
94304 Fax: (478)757-3144


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.

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