Medical Equipment Repairer

Salem, Virginia
Jan 29, 2023
Feb 02, 2023
Full Time

The incumbent's duties include the inspection, installation, troubleshooting, testing, calibrating, adjusting, modification, and dismantling of equipment; replacing parts, configuring elements to restore the equipment integrity, refurbishing, and making major and minor repairs of a wide variety of complex medical gas equipment and associated devices and systems. These systems include medical gases [nitrogen, nitrous oxide, oxygen and WAGD (Waste Anesthesia Gas Disposal)]; medical, lab and dental air compressors, and medical/surgical and dental vacuum pumps; bulk oxygen supply primary and secondary tanks and all ancillary equipment, auxiliary oxygen generators, and all bulk manifold feeds to the gas systems.

Incumbent will work independently with very little supervision while examining equipment malfunctions through the proper use of modern complex test equipment. Duties include identifying and diagnosing equipment failures to the system, module and component level, and being able to maintain critical patient life support systems such as: fixed and semi-fixed medical gas air compressors, medical/surgical vacuum pumps, dental air compressors and dental vacuum pumps; and unique equipment to the medical gas systems including all ancillary equipment such as, but not limited to, air filters, manifolds, hydraulic, pneumatic, vacuum, suction and pressure systems which include water, air, gas under pressure, and piped oxygen, air dryers, reserve tanks, valves, gauges and piping that meet the manufacturer's parameters of standards for operation and safety that shall comply with National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 99, American Society of Sanitation Engineers (ASSE) 6000 series, and Joint Commission (JC). The incumbent establishes without supervision periodic maintenance inspections on all medical gas outlets, which must be precise; and in proper assembling, adjusting and calibrating of complex medical gas equipment and associated devices in order to ensure maximum benefits to the patient in the diagnosis and treatment for which the equipment was intended.

This position acts as technical advisor for matters that involve outside vendors performing repairs or contract work on in-house medical gas equipment. The incumbent makes recommendations to survey unserviceable medical gas equipment. The incumbent may be called upon to evaluate equipment being considered for purchase or to advise hospital resources/utility personnel on power requirements, environmental constraints, interface problems, safety precautions, etc. that must be given on a certain piece of equipment and will be the Subject Matter Expert for providing medical gas equipment repair. Incumbent is required to review work performed and overall performance of service vendors to ensure quality workmanship and that the equipment is repaired and performing to specifications.

Working Conditions
The incumbent is required to be able to lift at least 40 pounds. Incumbent is on his/her feet at least 50% of the time and may be required, due to making trouble calls and inspections, to walk approximately 3 miles per day. Climbing on ladders and scaffolds is commonplace and contributes to the arduous nature of the job. In other situations, there may be special requirements for agility or dexterity such as exceptional hand/eye coordination. Trips to satellite outpatient clinics are sometimes necessary and will involve transportation via station vehicle

Work Schedule: 7:45am - 4:30pm
Position Description Title/PD#: Medical Equipment Repairer/PD02310


Conditions of Employment

  • 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
  • May serve a probationary period
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • A complete application package; Resume, Transcripts, etc.
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process


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

EXPERIENCE: A specific length of training and experience is not required, but you must show evidence of training or experience of sufficient scope and quality of your ability to do the work of this position. Evidence which demonstrates you possess the knowledge, skills, and ability to perform the duties of this position must be supported by detailed descriptions of such on your resume. Applicants will be rated in accordance with the OPM Federal Wage System Qualification Standards .

SCREEN-OUT ELEMENT: Your qualifications will first be evaluated against the prescribed screen out element, which usually appears as question 1 in the on-line questionnaire. Those applicants who appear to possess at least the minimal acceptable qualification requirement are considered for further rating; those who do not are rated ineligible and are eliminated. The potential eligibles are then rated against the remainder of the Job Elements:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Customer Service
  • Industrial Equipment Operation
  • Mechanics
  • Planning and Evaluating
  • Without more than normal supervision

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.

Additional information

COVID-19 Pandemic Expanded Telework Program - Due to COVID-19, VA is currently in an expanded telework posture. If selected, you may be expected to temporarily telework, even if your home is located outside the local commuting area. Once employees are permitted to return to the office, you will be expected to report to the duty station listed on this announcement. Management officials will provide information about returning to the official, pre-pandemic worksite, when applicable. At that time, you may be eligible to request to continue to telework depending upon the terms of your organization's telework policy and the duties of the position.

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be well-qualified, applicants must possess experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors if applicable, and must be proficient in most of the requirements of the job. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website which can be found 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.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

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