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Job Title:  Biomedical Equipment Support Specialist
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  612-13-924278TG

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$50,790.00 to $79,883.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 to Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
2 vacancies in the following location:
Sacramento, CA United StatesView Map
Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 924278

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?

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 and leadership positions 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.

For Positions Covered by the Bargaining Unit: First consideration will be given to employees for this facility.

Who May Apply:
• Current permanent employees of the VA Nationwide including permanent Veterans Canteen Service employees.
• All federal employees serving on a Career or Career-Conditional appointment.
• Former federal employees eligible for reinstatement.
• Permanent Title 38 employees employed on a full-time basis.
• Veterans eligible as 30% Disabled Veterans.
• Veterans eligible under a Veterans' Recruitment Appointment (VRA).
• Veterans eligible under the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act  (VEOA).
• Those eligible under the Employment Program for People with Disabilities.
• Those eligible under CTAP/ICTAP. 



On-Call: No

Rotating Shifts: No

Required to work Holidays and/or Weekends: No

Work Schedule: Monday through Friday 7:00 am to 3:30 pm

Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Status: Nonexempt

Bargaining Unit Position: Yes


  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
  • Time-in-Grade restrictions may apply.


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Biomedical Equipment Support Specialist, pd# 11196-0 (GS-09)/pd# 11197-0 (GS-11)

The incumbent of this position if assigned as a Biomedical Equipment Support Specialist, Clinical Area Specialist, Engineering Service.  The general nature of duties involves all aspects of technical support of the most complex biomedical instrumentation and electronic systems at the Northern California Health Care System.  These systems are identifiable by their complex, usually computerized electronics and by the need for technical support that extends well beyond maintenance and repair.  In addition, they will be considered the recognized specialist for the healthcare technology within their area of support; areas such as, but not limited to, physiological monitoring, radiology, laboratory and endoscopy. 


Promotion Potential: The selectee may be promoted to the full performance level without further competition when all regulatory, qualification, and performance requirements are met.  Selection at a lower grade level does not guarantee promotion to the full performance level.


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To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


Time-in-grade:  Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements.

GS-09:  Applicants must have One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade (GS-07) in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization.  Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to:  Specialized experience would include utilizing knowledge of biomedical engineering maintenance programs, maintaining biomedical systems to manufacturer recommended specifications, tracking medical equipment hazard alerts and recalls, and maintaining equipment history files.



Applicants may substitute education for the experience required for the GS-09 level demonstrated by possession of a Master’s or equivalent degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree.


GS-11:  Applicants must have One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade (GS-09) in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization.  Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to:  Specialized experience would include utilizing knowledge of biomedical engineering maintenance programs, maintaining biomedical systems to manufacturer recommended specifications, tracking medical equipment hazard alerts and recalls, and maintaining equipment history files. Specialized experience would demonstrate the ability to independently maintain, analyze, trouble shoot and repair state-of-the-art biomedical equipment including medical devices used in surgery, ICU, radiology, and dental; skill in the use of precision measurement devices such as storage oscilloscopes, digital multi-meters, digital amp meters, digital watt meters and calibration standards; and a demonstrated knowledge of networking and Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) as it pertains to computer associated medical devices.



Applicants may substitute education for the experience required for the GS-11 level demonstrated by possession of a Ph.D or equivalent doctorate degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree. 


A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.  

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE IN YOUR RESUME, 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).

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. ***

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Incumbent must be able to stoop, reach, kneel, crouch, and maintain intense concentration for long periods of time under most adverse conditions, such as repairing and/or calibrating life saving equipment while it is monitoring and/or supporting the life of a patient.  Acceptable hearing, visual accuracy, field of vision, and color perception are required for working on minute circuits.  Moderate lifting is necessary.  Heavy lifting (over 40 lbs) can be accomplished by getting assistance when needed.  Circuit repairs requires adequate eyesight and dexterity for working on high-density boards. 


REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS: This Agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities.If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, you must notify the agency.This decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.


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 visit


You will be evaluated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) based on your application for this position.

1.     Ability to understand the principles of operation and clinical applications as it relates to maintaining, installing, and repairing medical systems comprised of servers and computer systems in a hospital setting.


2.     Knowledge and familiarity with medical terminology to provide biomedical equipment user support.


3.     Knowledge of standards and codes (NFPA, AAMI, NEC, UL and ANSI) as it relates to safety, performance and testing of Medical Equipment in a hospital setting.


4.     Ability to evaluate medical equipment for safe operation in a healthcare environment.


5.       Maintain a current knowledge of procedures, policies, directives, etc. 


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.

Your résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.


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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

VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies.  This position may be authorized for telework.  Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process.



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.


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To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on  Wednesday, August 14, 2013  to receive consideration.
  1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
  2. Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date. 

To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.  Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement.  You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.


You must submit the following required documents with your application:


1.      A current resume or any other written format may be submitted provided it contains all of the information in the USAJobs resume format. Provide beginning and ending dates (MM/YY) of employment, the average number of hours worked per week, and a description of the duties for each position listed on your resume. If you performed more than one position title, please indicate the percentage of time you spent performing each title's duties.

2.      "Declaration for Federal Employment" (OF-306) signed and dated, available at

3.      Responses to the questionnaire.

4.      All current or former Federal Employees - VA and non-VA: "Notification of Personnel Action" (SF-50's) documenting permanent status (career or career- conditional), promotion action to the highest grade held in the Federal government, and, if applicable, your separation SF-50.

5.      Optional: Your most recent Performance Appraisal if directly related to the position for which you are applying.

6.      All Veterans: "Military Discharge Certificate" for each enlistment (DD-214). Please include copy which shows type of discharge received.

7.      All 10-point preference eligible Veterans: SF-15 "Application for 10-point Veteran Preference (SF-15) and supporting documentation stated on the SF-15. This form is available at Preference will not be granted without proper documentation.

8.      All Disabled Eligibles who want to be considered under the Schedule A appointment authority: Letter from the State or Vocational Rehabilitative Service.

9.      All displaced Federal Employees applying under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): ICTAP eligibles must attach a copy of their specific RIF separation notice and, if separate, their RIF separation SF-50.

10.   Unofficial college transcripts for education used to qualify. (An official college transcript will be required before being hired.)


You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

If you completed the Occupational Questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):

To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page: and provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is 924278.

Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144. If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials.

If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, August 14, 2013 to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:

Click the following link to view and print the Occupational Questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire

Print the 1203FX form (, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items.

Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


Brooke Dowling
Phone: (925)372-2370
Agency Information:
VHA Northern California HCS Sacramento
Department of Veterans Affairs
150 Muir Road
Human Resources Management Service
Martinez, CA


After the vacancy announcement closes and a referral certificate is issued, an electronic notification letter - or e-mail - will be sent to applicants who provide an e-mail address. 

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