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Job Title:Medical Instrument Technician - Cardiac Catheterization Technician

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:HN-0563-908215-DR

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

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$38,252.00 to $61,195.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, June 12, 2013 to Friday, June 21, 2013




Full Time - Excepted Service Term NTE 13 MONTHS


1 vacancy in the following location:
Hines, IL United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


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?

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 908215

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

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-08 . The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-06 to GS-08. 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-6 Salary:  $38,252 - $49,725        GS-7 Salary:   $42,508 - $55,264         GS-8 Salary:   $47,076 - $61,195

NOTE: This is a TERM appointment (not-to-exceed 13 Months). Term appointments are non-status, nonpermanent appointments of limited duration. Term employees are eligible to earn leave and generally have the same benefits as permanent employees including health and life insurance, within-grade increases and Federal Employees Retirement System and Thrift Savings Plan coverage. Term appointments may be extended or converted to permanent without further competition.

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 encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The Health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not coverd by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.


  • 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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This position is located in the Cardiac Catheterization Lab in the Cardiology Section at Edward Hines Jr. V.A. Hospital. The primary purpose of this position is to provide support for a variety of highly technical invasive and non-invasive cardiac procedures such as assisting with device implants and diagnostic/interventional Electrophysiology and EPS, Radio Frequency Ablation (RFA), Ventricular Fibrillation Induction (VFI) procedures in the Electrophysiology Lab; in the cardiac catheterization Lab for diagnostic and interventional procedures in and for pacemaker/defibrillator implantation.  Some of the related duties for this position are:

  • Set-ups, calibrates, and operates a variety of electronic monitoring and computerized recording equipment used in the cardiac catheterization lab.
  • Prepares the patient for their procedure by placing EKG electrodes, defibrillator pads, and non-invasive blood pressure cuff and pulse oximetry.
  • Assists with device implants by scrubbing in to assist MD during initial sheath and catheter placement and to hand off catheters.
  • Assists in the detection of normal and abnormal electrocardiograms and intra-vascular pressures in order to alert the cardiologist to any abnormal change in rhythm or pressure.
  • During procedure, measures lead impedance using a pacemaker analyzer in order to determine if the threshold is satisfactory to the cardiologist. Adjusts parameters in programmable pulse generators.
  • Maintains the equipment in the electrophysiology lab in good working order making minor adjustments, calibrations, routine preventive maintenance, and first line maintenance to insure that the equipment is properly serviced and inspected for safety hazards.  

PHYSICAL EFFORTThe work requires physical exertion such as walking, bending, positioning patients, stretching, reaching, pushing, pulling and lifting objects up to 40 Ibs.  

WORKING CONDITIONS :   The work is performed in a setting which involves everyday risks requiring normal safety precautions.

Work Schedule:   Monday - Friday; 7:30am – 4:00pm

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.


Citizenship – Citizen of the United States by birth or naturalization

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


Experience GS-6 level:  At least one full year experience as a Medical Instrument Technician (Cardiac Catheterization) equivalent to the next lower level (GS-5) which demonstrates the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) related to the duties of the position to be filled. The cardiac catheterization technician at this level aids physicians in aspects of cardiac catheterization and related invasive procedures such as coronary angioplasty, pulmonary angioplasty, and intra-aortic balloon insertion. The technician must be able to recognize cardiac arrhythmias and take appropriate action. Examples of demonstrated and required knowledge, skills and abilities include:  Knowledge of cardiac anatomy, physiology, and basic electrocardiography; Knowledge of sterile techniques, catheterization laboratory supplies, and equipment used in the procedures; Ability to circulate, assist, monitor, and document hemodynamics and electrocardiograms during the procedure; Knowledge of and ability to prepare intra-aortic balloon catheters.

Certification at the GS 6 Grade Level: Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) certification is desirable.


Experience GS-7 level:  At least one full year of experience as a Medical Instrument Technician (Cardiac Catheterization) equivalent to the next lower level (GS-6) which demonstrates the KSAs related to the duties of the position. The cardiac catheterization technicians at this level aid physicians in all aspects of standard cardiac catheterization and related invasive procedures such as coronary angioplasty, pulmonary angioplasty, and intra-aortic balloon insertion.  They select, set up, and calibrate surgical instruments, catheters, radiographic contrast injectors, and radiographic imaging devices.  They prepare cardiac medication for administration by the physician and must be able to recognize cardiac arrhythmias and take appropriate action. Eexamples of demonstrated and required knowledge, skills and abilities include:  Ability to assist with insertion of temporary transvenous pacemaker catheters; Ability to maintain intra-aortic balloon pump equipment during procedures; Ability to complete individual cases by pulling sheaths and holding pressure to obtain hemostasis; Ability to assist with closure devices; Ability to appropriately educate patients and patient families regarding procedures and post-catheterization care.

Certification at the GS 7 Grade Level: Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certifications are desirable.


GS-8 level:  At least one full year of experience as a Medical Instrument Technician (Cardiac Catheterization) equivalent to the next lower level (GS-7) which demonstrates the KSAs related to the duties of the position.  The cardiac catheterization technicians at this level function as full members of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory Team.  They scrub, circulate, operate equipment, etc., on the most complex examination and treatment procedures including procedures such as endocardial biopsy, radio frequency ablation procedures, and intra-aortic balloon pump therapy for very critical patients. They prepare and administer cardiac medications as directed by the attending physician.  They mentor and train lower graded technicians, nurses, nursing students, and cardiopulmonary technology students on cardiac catheterization laboratory procedures and assist the supervisor/manager with quality control and performance improvement activities.  Examples of demonstrated and required knowledge, skills and abilities included:   Ability to scrub, circulate, and monitor advanced procedures (including electrophysiological) to include rotoblation, intravascular ultrasound, RADI or wave-wire, angiojet, filter wires, myocardial biopsies EPS, permanent pacemaker insertions, AICD insertions, and biventricular pacemaker insertion; Advanced knowledge of equipment, medications, and supplies used in the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory and the ability to set-up, calibrate, operate, and troubleshoot this equipment; Knowledge and understanding of wave forms from the great vessels and all chambers of the heart including the ability to recognize and distinguish normal from abnormal, artifact from abnormality, and forewarn the physician of an impending life-threatening situation;  Knowledge of quality control and performance improvement indicators for the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory and ability to prepare and analyze quality control of test results.

Certification at the GS 8 Grade Level:  Registration by Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) as a registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist (RCIS) is highly desirable.   Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certifications are also desirable for employees at this level.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: In addition can demonstrate the following KSAs:

KSA1: Knowledge of cardiac anatomy, physiology, and basic electrocardiography.

KSA2: Knowledge of sterile techniques, catheterization laboratory supplies, and equipment used in the procedures.

KSA3: Ability to circulate, assist, monitor, and document hemodynamics and electrocardiograms during the procedure.

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).

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.


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.  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 ) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.

Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form.  For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or 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.
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.


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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 .

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 employee's 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.  Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.


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.

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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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: 908215.  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 Friday, June 21, 2013.


To be considered for this position you must provide a complete application package which includes:

· CV or Resume - include: contact information; descriptions of jobs, including name and address of employer, job title, beginning and ending date (month/year) of employment, average hours worked per week, and supervisor's name and phone number; education, including name and location of college, dates attended, and type and date of degree earned; and other information, such as licenses, certificates, etc. Descriptions of duties must sufficiently detail the level of the experience. If the position is (was) with the Federal government, either military or civilian, state series and grade or pay grade (rank) and date of last promotion.

· VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at ) (required).

· Transcripts (required)

· Responses to the Occupational Questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire (required)

· Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at ).  This is a required form and must be submitted with your application.

· 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 ).  

· If currently employed in the federal system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required).

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 (i.e. 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.    

* 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.

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.


Patricia Hansberry
Phone: (708)202-8387x23415
Agency Information:
5000 S 5th Ave
Chicago, IL


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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