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Job Title:Medical Instrument Tech (Polysomnography)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:MA-0430-864061-MRH

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

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$27,990.00 to $55,844.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, March 26, 2013 to Tuesday, April 16, 2013




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Madison, WI United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


MISSION & VISION: "To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan."    –Abraham Lincoln

WHO WE ARE: We are people who take great pride and deep satisfaction in providing America's veterans with the best clinical care, the most innovative technology, and the most comprehensive array of benefits America has to offer.




Vacancy Identification Number: 864061


 Grade/Step/Salary will be recommended by a Professional Standards Board and is based upon education and/or experience.


 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. 


NOTE:  The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-8.  The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-4 to GS-8.  The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s education and experience and recommend the grade and step at which the candidate will be placed.  The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.

GS-4 Salary:  $27,990 - $$36, 384    GS-5 Salary:  $31,315 - $40,706

GS-6 Salary:  $34,907 - $45,376       GS-7 Salary:  $38,790 - $50,431

GS-8 Salary:  $42,960 - $55,844


Work Schedule:  Variable 3 to 12 hour overnight shifts plus one 4 hour day shift.

Certification/Registration:  Registration by the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologist (BRPT), Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certifications are not required, but are highly desirable.

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


  • You must be a US citizen to apply for this job
  • You will be subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
  • English Language Profiency required.
  • Must pass pre-employment examination


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MAJOR DUTIES – GS-4 Basic Developmental Level:  At this level assignments are trainee in nature.  The medical instrument technician trainee is performing limited routine assignments of a developmental nature under close supervision.

MAJOR DUTIES – GS-5:  Medical Instrument Technician (Trainee) at this level operate and monitor commonly used equipment performing routine procedures under normal supervision.  The technician functions somewhat independently in carrying out these standardized procedures of limited complexity.  Deviations from regular procedures, unanticipated problems, and unfamiliar situations are referred to the supervisor for a decision or help.  Some assignments at this level also include developmental duties involving more complex procedures designed to prepare the technician for promotion.  Such duties would be performed under closer supervision.

MAJOR DUTIES – GS-6:  Polysomnography (PSG) Technicians at this level perform a full range of standard, routine examinations including overnight sleep studies, MSLT (Multiple Sleep Latency Test), MWT (Maintenance of Wakefulness Test), and PAP (Positive Airway Pressure Titration). 

MAJOR DUTIES – GS-7:  At this level the Polysomnography Technician performs a full range of standard, but complex, polysomnography examinations with responsibility for properly and accurately calibrating all instruments prior to the beginning of the PSG tracing and selection of appropriate electrode montages and sensitivity and filter settings to elicit the best possible tracings.  They independently determine the need for CPAP during all night sleep studies for sleep apnea. 

MAJOR DUTIES - GS-8:  At this level Polysomnographic Technicians are able to interact fully with the patient and physician to diagnose sleep disorders including those that are uncommon or rare.  They conduct full sleep studies including overnight studies and evaluate the relationship of events, sleep stages, and possible medical conditions which influence or result from events occurring during sleep.  They anticipate problems likely to occur during the sleep study and prepare for such situations, make changes in established procedures, recommend alternative courses of action, and are able to mentor lower graded technicians.

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


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NOTE:   Your résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified to ensure that you meet the minimum qualifications required as described in the duties listed above. You will also be evaluated to the extent you possess the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics associated with the position.  Therefore, please ensure your application package addresses the assessment questionnaire


IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC.  WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.  If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, you may be rated ineligible for this position.


Citizenship – Citizen of the United States by birth or naturalization

Experience or Education GS-4:  At least one (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 a Medical Instrument Technician (Polysomnography).  Six months of this experience may have been in medically related fields such as nursing assistant, practical nursing, or similar fields.  The remaining six months must have been in operating instruments used to record electrocardiograms, exercise tolerance tests, 24-48 heart monitoring and scanning, and pacemaker evaluations.  Experience gained in the operation of equipment for animal diagnosis or treatment may be credited at this level.  OR  Successful completion of two years of education above high school or an associate’s degree with a major field of study directly related to the medical instrument technician polysomnography.  TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED

English Language Proficiency:  Medical Instrument Technicians must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 USC 7401(d), 7407(d). 

QUALIFICATIONS:  In addition to the basic requirements above the following is the amount of experience required to qualify for this position at the GS-5 through GS-8 grade level.

GS-5 level Experience or Education: At least 1 year of experience comparable to the next lower grade level which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics (KSAOs) related to the duties of the position to be filled.  This experience would include operating instruments used to record electrocardiograms, exercise tolerance tests, 24-48 heart monitoring and scanning, and pacemaker evaluations.  Experience gained in the operation of equipment for animal diagnosis or treatment may be credited at this level.  OR  Successful completion of a bachelor’s degree in a major field of study directly related to the medical instrument technician polysomnography functions.  In addition, demonstration of the following:  Knowledge of standard medical terminology; knowledge of common physical disabilities and ability to position patients for the examination or treatment; ability to learn the normal and abnormal results for routine procedures to recognize and report obvious abnormalities; ability to operate the equipment to administer routine/standard diagnostic treatment or procedures; and ability to perform standard operator maintenance on the equipment including the ability to disassemble, clean, reassemble, and calibrate the machine.  TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED

GS-6 level:  At least one full year experience as a Medical Instrument Technician – Polysomnography, equivalent to the next lower level (GS-5) which demonstrates the KSAOs related to the duties of the position to be filled.  Experience must demonstrate knowledge of standard, computerized polysomnographs for recording continuous all night physiological data including EEG, EOG, EKG, EMG and respiratory parameters; knowledge of standard devices such as oximeters, respiratory effort devices, nasal pressure devices, thermistors, thermocouples, continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP0 machines, and laboratory computers including the ability to calibrate and operate the equipment and recognize and eliminate recording artifacts; knowledge of medical terminology and medical record organization to review medical records, sleep study orders, consent forms, medical charts, etc.; knowledge of polysmnographic procedural protocols (including overnight sleep studies, MSLT, MWT, PAP, etc.); and knowledge of basic anatomy and physiology and the international 10-20 electrode placement system in order to conduct the sleep studies.

 GS-7 level:  At least one full year of experience as a Medical Instrument Technician – (Polysomnography) equivalent to the next lower level (GS-6) which demonstrates the KSAOs related to the duties of the position.  Experience must demonstrate knowledge of CPAP function and operation to select and fit appropriate PAP patient interface devices; ability to independently titrate and document PAP level to achieve therapeutic goals; knowledge of indications, complications, and contraindications of CPAP therapy; knowledge of BiLevel pressure titrations; and ability to recognize changes seen during the PSG tracing and identify all stages of sleep, including the ability to score and analyze sleep stages in clinical polysomnography recordings.

GS-8 level:  At least one full year of experience as a Medical Instrument Technician – (Polysomnography) equivalent to the next lower level (GS-7) which demonstrates the KSAOs related to the duties of the position.  Experience must demonstrate advanced knowledge or the International Classification of Sleep Disorders and the ability to recognize uncommon and/or rare sleep disorders; ability to summarize and report polysomnographic data in narrative form; knowledge of event characteristics (e.g., respiratory, cardiac, sleep stage, seizures, etc.) and ability to take appropriate action; and the ability to provide briefings and orientation to hospital staff including physicians.

Resume and Supporting Documents:  Note:  Evidence of experience, must be supported by detailed documentation of duties performed in positions held.  Please provide such documentation on your application or resume.  Also, please provide work experience information such as hours per week and starting/ending dates of employment (month and year format) to establish one (1) full year of experience.  The requirement for this proof is specified in the “How to Apply” section of this announcement.  To be credible, experience must be documented in the application and verifiable through employment references and/or other means.  *Your resume must support your answers in the occupational questionnaire.

If you are qualifying based on education, you must provide a copy of your transcripts. Failure to provide transcripts will result in you being rated ineligible for this position. We accept unofficial transcripts, as long as they contain the applicant's name, the name of the school, the date and degree that was awarded, and the list of classes and credits earned. Transcripts must be received in this office by 11:59PM EST on the closing date in order to be considered. If you are selected an official transcript must be provided prior to entry on duty.

If Combination is used for qualification

Combining Education and Experience: Combinations of successfully completed post-high school education and experience may be used to meet total qualification requirements. It will be computed by first determining the applicant's total qualifying experience as a percentage of the experience required for the grade level; then determining the applicant's education as a percentage of the education required for the grade level; and then adding the two percentages. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent to qualify an applicant for that grade level.

 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.

 FOREIGN EDUCATION: To receive credit for education completed outside the United States, you must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and such education has been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs.

Veterans Preference:  When applying for Federal jobs, eligible veterans must claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of DD-214(s), Member Copy 4, if available, 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 and a completed SF-15, "Application for 10-point Veteran Preference".

Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, nonservice-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, must 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


Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors, omissions, or failure to submit all required documents will affect your eligibility or consideration for this position.


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Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes 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



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.


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

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





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APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE:   The selecting official for this position is not allowed access to your electronic OPF which is why it is required for you to submit a thorough and complete resume to include all of your relevant work information (ie starting and ending dates of employment, hours worked, duties, etc).  The resume you provide through this application process is forwarded to the selecting official.  It is highly recommended that you use the resume builder in USA JOBS as it contains all of the information we need to determine whether or not you are qualified for this position.  Failure to provide a resume and all the documents requested in the announcement may render you not qualified for the position you are applying for.  



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: 864061.  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 Tuesday, April 16, 2013.



You Application package must include the following:

1.     CV or Resume.

2.     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 (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).

 NOTICE: Eligible Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) applicant you may apply for special selection over other candidates for this position . To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position. ICTAP eligible must submit one of the following as proof of eligibility for the special selection priority: a separation notice; a "Notice of Personnel Action" (SF-50) documenting separation; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; OR a Military Department or National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456.

* INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL receive a rating of IFM (ineligible due to missing forms). Requests for reconsideration of ratings will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package. We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software or fax transmissions, etc.

Only send documentation as requested/required by this announcement and that directly supports your qualifications for this position.


Michelle Ferris
Phone: (608)280-7026x17597
Agency Information:
VISN 12 Great Lakes Human Resources
Honey Creek Three
135 S 84th St Room 175
Milwaukee, WI


After we receive your complete application package (including all required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed to determine eligibility. We will also review your application to ensure that your résumé supports the answers you provided in the questionnaire. If your résumé does not support your questionnaire answers,  you will be rated ineligible for this position.

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