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Job Title:Medical Instrument Technician (Echocardiography Technician)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:T38-13-947101/B19

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

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SALARY RANGE:

$43,938.00 to $57,115.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, August 22, 2013 to Wednesday, September 11, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0649-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Phoenix, AZ United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

CURRENT PERMANENT VA EMPLOYEES NATION WIDE

JOB SUMMARY:

The Phoenix VA Health Care System is currently recruiting for Medical Instrument Technician (Echocardiography Technician).

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 947101

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 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.

Basking in sunshine 300 days a year in the aptly named Valley of the Sun, the Phoenix VA Health Care System is located near downtown Phoenix, Arizona.  Although renowned for its warm, dry climate, Arizona's capitol offers much more than great weather.  The Phoenix metro area, now America's 5th largest city, offers affordable housing and a relaxed, informal southwestern lifestyle.  Diversity abounds.  Greater Phoenix has an abundance of golf courses, parks, public swimming pools and bike paths.  For the sports fans Phoenix is home to the NBA's Phoenix Suns, NFL's Arizona Cardinals; Major League Baseball's Arizona Diamondbacks and the NHL's Phoenix Coyotes.  Across the state, more than 11 million acres of national forest lands provide a varied playground for those who enjoy skiing, horseback riding, hunting, fishing, boating, hiking or camping for the more adventurous, there's white water rafting on the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon!   For city dwellers, the valley boasts exceptional shopping and retail establishments, restaurants and night life.  The valley is also rapidly gaining prominence as a Mecca for the arts.  Phoenix possesses world class museums, a ballet, symphony orchestra and several theater companies. For more information on the City of Phoenix, visit the Chamber of Commerce site at http://www.phoenixchamber.com/

More information about the Phoenix VA Health Care System team may be found here:  http://www.phoenix.med.va.gov/  

Special Employment Consideration:  VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Must pass pre-employment medical examination
  • English Language Proficiency required
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Subject to the completion of a 1 year probationary period

DUTIES:

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Duties and Responsibilities:

Echocardiography technicians identify and record anomalies indicative of disease, injury, or other medically significant condition from ultrasound imaging and simultaneous recordings of the Doppler. They incorporate the causes and results of a variety of symptoms and conditions into a plan of ultrasonic diagnostic examination. They change and develop sounding techniques to accommodate such variables as limited patient mobility, variation in physical condition or dimension of the patient, presence of prosthesis or foreign objects, and ultrasonic response of different body parts. They produce diagnostic quality images and Doppler frequency recordings using M- mode, two-dimensional, and Doppler ultrasound.
 
You will:

• Perform 2D, M-Mode, continuous and pulse wave Doppler and color flow exam.
• Perform transthoracic examinations.
• Perform stress echocardiograms without pharmaceuticals.
• Perform stress echocardiograms with pharmaceuticals.
• Receive patients and explain procedures before performing the exam.
• Set, calibrate, and operate related medical equipment and machinery.
• Use problem solving skills to optimize the evaluation.
• Adjust the exam to ensure that it is comprehensive and accurate.
• Record and interpret the results of the exam and present information and or possible diagnosis to interpreting physician.
• Perform cardiovascular examinations that include brachial vasoreactivity ultrasound scanning.
• Evaluate the nature of critical and emergency procedures and rearrange patient priorities to accommodate them.
• Maintain records of patients treated, examinations performed, and scans taken.
• Type completed reports and/or send to scanning.
• Change and develop new sounding techniques to accommodate such variables as limited patient mobility, variation in physical condition, presence of foreign objects, etc. 


Work Schedule: Monday through Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
 
Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses (PCS costs) are not authorized for this position. Recruitment and Relocation incentives are not authorized for this position.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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BASIC REQUIREMENTS:

• United States Citizenship
• Proficiency in spoken and written English.
• Willingness to undergo a comprehensive background investigation.
• Willingness to undergo a pre-employment medical examination.
• Willingness to willing to undergo random urinalysis drug tests.

GRADE DETERMINATIONS: Your salary and grade will be determined by the Professional Standards Board (PSB).  The PSB is a peer review process.  The PSB will review your individual qualifications, education, professional training/internship(s) and professional experience to determine the most appropriate salary and grade based on your individual accomplishments.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE FOR GS-08 LEVEL: Requires a minimum of one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 level in Federal service to qualify for this Medical Instrument Technician (Echocardiography Technician) position. Specialized experience would be experience which provided you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position and which is typically related to the work of the position to be filled. Specialized experience is defined as: operating, supervising the operation of, or instructing in the operation of diagnostic equipment used to graphically record the position and motion of the heart walls or the internal structure of the heart and neighboring tissue by the echo obtained from beams of ultrasonic waves directed through the chest wall;conducting diagnostic echocardiography in complex and unusual cases; and performing (Noninvasive) transthoracic bubble studies and contrast echocardiography, (invasive) stress echocardiography, and transesophageal echocardiography.

EDUCATION CAN NOT BE SUBSTITUED FOR EXPERIENCE AT THE GS-08 LEVEL

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:
KSA 1. Ability to produce diagnostic quality images and Doppler frequency shift recordings using M-mode, two-dimensional, pulsed and continuous wave Doppler spectral display, and colorflow Doppler imaging.
KSA 2. Knowledge of normal echocardiographic findings and deviations produced by a wide variety of cardiovascular diseases.
KSA 3. Ability to perform complex procedures such as cardiac studies of the four chambers of the heart and valves using sector scanning techniques to detect stenotic and incompetent valves, chamber enlargement, and pericardial effusion and cardiovascular studies deriving pressure gradients across obstructed valves, etc.
KSA 4. Ability to perform complementary ultrasonic examinations (including noninvasive) transthoracic, Bubble studies and contrast echocardiography, (invasive) stress echocardiography, and transesophageal echocardiography.
KSA 5. Ability to adapt transducer positioning, instrument controls, and examination techniques to the individual patient being studied and the problem being evaluated including recognizing pertinent abnormalities and documenting abnormal findings.

Note: The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-08. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-08. The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s education and experience and recommend the step at which the candidate will be placed.  The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.

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

References: Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Technical and Medical Support Positions/ Link: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/#url=GS-TECH
General Schedule Qualification Standard for Medical Instrument Technician Series, 0649/ Link: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0600/medical-instrument-technician-series-0649/
VA Handbook 5005 APPENDIX G27. MEDICAL INSTRUMENT TECHNICIAN QUALIFICATION STANDARD GS-649, Dated JUNE 7, 2012 Veterans Health Administration/ Link: http://vaww.va.gov/OHRM/Directives-Handbooks/Documents/5005.pdf

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The work requires long periods of careful arm positioning of transducers. Positioning patients who are unconscious or disabled requires considerable effort and working in awkward positions. Heavy lifting of totally incapacitated patients is done only with the help of other employees. The number of echo's required is based on ACA waiting time formula. Every effort will be made by the incumbent to meet criteria.


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) 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. Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, non-service-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as well as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should 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/vetpref/index.aspx.

 

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

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.


BENEFITS:

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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 http://www.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp.
 
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.


OTHER INFORMATION:

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

This position is subject to a 1 year probation period, if not already completed.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

 



HOW TO APPLY:

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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 (http://www4.va.gov/OHRM/joblistings/uploading-and-using-documents-online.doc) 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 ( https://my.usajobs.gov/Login.aspx ) 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: http://www.opm.gov./forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf.
  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  http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Vacancy ID: 947101.  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, September 11, 2013.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
1. CV or Resume.
2. VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at 
http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf) (required).
3. Occupational Questionnaire
4. 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
http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf).  
5. If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required).

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Recruitment Team
Phone: (602)277-5551x7594
Email: VHAPHOJOBS@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Phoenix HCS
Human Resources Management Service 05B
650 East Indian School Road
Phoenix, AZ
85012

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

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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Job Announcement Number:

T38-13-947101/B19

Control Number:

350066700