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 associates 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 bachelors 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. http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html
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 http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors, omissions, or failure to submit all required documents will affect your eligibility or consideration for this position.