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Job Title:Medical Instrument Technician (Echocardiography)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VHA-558-13-DU981151-LCK

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$54,028.00 to $66,493.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, October 22, 2013 to Friday, November 01, 2013




Full Time - Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:
Durham, NC View 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?

Since 1953, VAMC Durham has been improving the health of the men and women who have so proudly served our nation. We consider it our privilege to serve your health care needs in any way we can. Services are available to more than 200,000 veterans living in a 26-county area of central and eastern North Carolina. In addition to our main facility in Durham, we offer services in three community-based outpatient clinics. These clinics are located in —

·         Raleigh, North Carolina

·         Greenville, North Carolina

·         Morehead City, North Carolina

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

NOTE:  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 in that specific grade.  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.



Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses ARE NOT authorized for this position.


  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Form Of-306


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Tour of duty: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Final Grade will be determined by a professional standards board.


a. Ability to perform high quality two-dimensional and M-Mode Echocardiograms, continuous and pulse wave Doppler, and color flow images to clarify the nature of abnormalities found or suspected.
b. A professional knowledge of three-dimensional cardiac anatomy and a significant understanding of cardiac pathology and physiology in order to identify and eliminate artifacts.
c. Basic working knowledge of ECG abnormalities.
d. Thorough knowledge and understanding of cardiovascular anatomy and pathophysiology, particularly pertaining to the recognition of intracardiac structures, and recognition of cardiac structures viewed from numerous angles and planes, in order to recognize the pathology and optimally image it for diagnostic clarity.
e. Complete understanding of all the various transducer positions and ability to recognize when and how to deviate from standard transducer position. 
f. Ability to use substantial judgment in operating, interpreting, and adapting instruments and equipment to the needs of each patient; therefore the Echo Technician must use significant judgment regarding indicated views in order to clarify the nature of abnormalities.
g. Ability to work with critically ill patients in the intensive care setting, cardiac cath laboratory, and operating room.
h. Ability to frequently come into contact with patients that have contagious diseases, which require special health and safety precautions, such as gowns, gloves, etc.  
i. Ability to work within a sterile environment and use sterile techniques.  For example, a Pericardiocentesis (via Echocardiogram, draining fluid build up from around the human heart).
j. Stamina to sustain irregular standing, sitting, and walking between the Echocardiography Laboratory, wards, clinics, and Duke South.  Continuously bending over patients, reaching to repair equipment, and assisting physically restricted patients to roll, sit and move from wheelchair to the echo bed.
k. Skill in calibration, operating, troubleshooting and maintaining all instruments and equipment used in Echocardiography and Doppler studies.


The incumbent will independently performs high quality two-dimensional and M-Mode echocardiograms, continuous wave and pulse wave Doppler, and color flow images to clarify the nature of abnormalities found or suspected.


Familiarity and experience with the following techniques is essential:
All images taken are stored into XCELERA
Contrast echocardiography

DEFINITY contrast agent
Transesophageal Echocardiograms


CUSTOMER SERVICE:  Meets the needs of customers while supporting the Medical Center and Service missions.  Consistently communicates and treats customers (patients, visitors, volunteers, and all Medical Center staff) in a courteous, tactful, and respectful manner.  Provides the customer with consistent information according to established policies and procedures.  Handles conflict and problems in dealing with the customer constructively and appropriately.

ADP SECURITY:  Protects printed and electronic files containing sensitive data in accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Act of 1974 and other applicable laws, federal regulations, VA statutes and policy, and VHS&RA policy.  Protects the data from unauthorized release or from loss, alteration, or unauthorized deletion.  Follows applicable regulations and instructions regarding access to computerized files, release of access codes, etc., as set out in the computer access agreement that the employee signs.

AGE-RELATED COMPETENCY (AGE CATEGORIES):  Takes into consideration "age-related” differences of the various veteran populations with this institution which include:  a) Young adulthood (20-40). Persons in general have normal physical functions and lifestyles.  Person establishes relationships with significant others and is competent to relate to others; b) Middle age (40-65). Persons may have physical problems and may have changes in lifestyles because children have left home or change in occupation goals; c) Older adulthood (65-75). Persons maybe adapting to retirement and changing physical abilities.  Chronic illness may also develop; d) Middle old (74-84). Persons may be adapting to declines in speed of movement, reaction time, and sensory abilities.  Also, persons may have increasing dependence on others; e) Old (85 and over).  Increasing physical problems may develop.

COMPUTER KNOWLEDGE – VISTA & CPRS:  Uses the Veterans Health Information & Technology Architecture (VistA) and Computerized Patient Record System (CPRS) to access information in the Medical Center Computer System.


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 a.  Citizenship.  Citizenship of the United States.  (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.)

 b.  Education.  There are no specific educational requirements for this occupation.  Education may be substituted for experience only at the GS-4 and GS-5 levels.  See the grade requirements part of this standard for information regarding educational substitutions.

 c.  Licensure or Certification.  Licensure or Certification is not required for this occupation; however, it is strongly desirable at GS-6 or above as evidence of possession of the essential knowledge, skills, and abilities.  For certain functional areas at the higher levels or supervisory assignments, specific certifications appropriate to the specialty are indicated in this standard under “Titles and Certification/Registrations”.

For all specialties identified in this standard, Basic and Advanced Cardiac Life Support certifications are desirable.  Training which does not result in official certification does not meet this definition.



 (4)  GS-9.  In addition to the core competencies defined at the GS-8 full performance level, positions at this grade may be lead, supervisory, or non-supervisory with specialized advanced knowledge and assignments.

 (a)  Experience.  At least 1 year experience comparable to the next lower grade level, which is directly related to the duties of the position to be filled, and must fully meet the KSAs at that level.  This would be experience which demonstrates possession of the knowledge required in order to provide all aspects of echocardiography services.  In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following technical KSAs and the potential to acquire the assignment specific KSAs designated by an asterisk (*):

 (b)  Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities.  KSAs 1, 2, and 3 are appropriate for all positions at this level.  KSAs 4 and 5 are to be used in accordance with their appropriateness for the specific assignment.

 1.  Knowledge of the more complex examination and treatment procedures and techniques in order to provide training and supervision in these procedures, to evaluate and initiate performance improvement projects, and to write policies, procedures, and protocols, that pertain to Echocardiography.

 *2.  Knowledge of JCAHO and other regulatory requirements.

 3.  Ability to communicate effectively and professionally with employees at varying grade levels.

 *4.  Ability to manage and supervise employees.

 *5.  Ability to provide, or provide for, staff development and training.

 (c)  Certification.  Registration by Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) as a Registered Cardiac Sonographer (RCS) or by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) as a Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer (RDCS) is highly desirable.  Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certifications are also desirable.

 (d)  Assignments.  For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher-level duties must consist of significant scope, complexity (difficulty), and range of variety, and be performed by the  incumbent at least 25% of the time.

 1.  Special Assignments.  Non-supervisory echocardiography technicians may have assignments that because of their nature substantially exceed the full performance level.  The Professional Standards Board will review proposed non-supervisory special assignments for the GS-9 level and make a determination regarding their appropriateness.  These assignments are expected to be relatively few in number and must represent substantial additional responsibility over the full performance level.

 2.  Lead Echocardiography Technician.  In certain programs, either because of their size and scope or because of a lack of specific supervisory positions, lead positions may be appropriate.

 3.  Supervisory Echocardiography Technician.  Individuals in this assignment assume full administrative and professional responsibility for planning and directing the work of subordinate technicians.  Typically these duties include assigning and evaluating the work of subordinate staff; providing Echocardiography Technician services in more complex cases; reviewing and making recommendations regarding new and emerging procedures; providing instruction and training to new staff; interviewing candidates for positions; recommending selections, advancements, promotions; evaluating performance; taking disciplinary action when necessary; and identifying educational or training needs.


References:  VA HANDBOOK 5005/54, PART II, APPENDIX G27

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: This position requires light lifting, under 15 pounds. Use of fingers, both hands required. Moderate walking and standing. Near visin correctable at 13 to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4. Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 inthe other. Both eyes are required. Good near and distant vision corrected or uncorrected. Ability to distinguish basic colors. Hearing without aid. Conversation voice. Emotional and mental stability. Must possess mental and emotional stability.
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.


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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 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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The first area of consideration will be given to current permanent employees of the Durham VA Medical Center. The second area of consideration will be given to current permanent employees of the Department of Veteran’s Affairs. The third area of consideration will be given to Status Candidates (VEOA, VRA, other current Federal employees with status).

HOW TO APPLY: All applicants are encouraged to apply online.

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 Friday, November 01, 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.




All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
   ·Other (VA Form 2850-C)

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
   ·Other Veterans Document

All applicants are requiredto submit the following supporting document type(s):

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
·Cover Letter
·Other Veterans Document

Form OF 306 is a required document and can be obtained at The signed OF 306 must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement, Friday, November 01, 2013.

The form can also be obtained by searching at (Use version revised October 2011).


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

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:

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):

  1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page and provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is 981151.
  2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

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 Friday, November 01, 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:
  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational QuestionnaireView Occupational Questionnaire
  2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items  
  3. 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.


Lorraine C. Kath
Phone: (919)286-0411x4941
Agency Information:
Thank You, NC


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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