Medical Instrument Technician (Vascular)

Washington D.C.
Oct 05, 2017
Oct 05, 2017
Full Time

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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.

If you are a Current, Permanent VA employee or a Current, Permanent Federal employee of another agency, you should apply under FQ-17-TLG-2007801-HT38-BU .

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  • 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
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Physical Requirements: Heavy lifting of 45 pounds and over; heavy carrying 45 pounds and over; straight pulling and pushing; reaching above the shoulder; use of fingers, both hands required; walking; standing; kneeling; repeated bending; ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; near vision correctable at 13" to16" to jaeger 1-4; and far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other.

    Basic Requirements:  

    • U.S. citizenship.  Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
    • Education.  There are not specific educational requirements for this occupation.
    • Licensure or Certification.  Licensure or Certification is not required for this occupation; however, it is strongly desirable at GS-06 or above as evidence of possession of the essential knowledge, skills, and abilities.

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

    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

    Grade Determinations:

    Experience and KSA Requirements: To qualify at the GS-10 level, applicants must also meet the core competencies defined at the GS-09 (see below):



    1 year of experience which demonstrates possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities to fully perform all vascular ultrasound tests and examination and to function as a technical expert in the vascular laboratory and provide oversight and/or guidance to other technicians.  In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

    Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

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

    2. Knowledge of JCAHO and other regulatory requirements.

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



    Experience.  At least 1 year experience comparable to the next lower grade level (GS-09), which is directly related to the duties of the position to be filled, and must fully meet the KSAs at that level. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following technical KSAs and the potential to acquire the assignment specific KSAs designated by an asterisk (*):

    1. Advanced knowledge of complex and non-standard treatment and examination procedures and techniques.

    *2. Ability to plan and assist in the establishment of a completely integrated treatment and examination program.

    *3. Ability to evaluate new products and equipment and make recommendations concerning developments which would improve operations.

    References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G27, VA Qualification Standard for Medical Instrument Technician.  This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

    Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment.  You can verify your education here:   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.

    It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

    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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    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.



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


    NOTE: The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s education and experience and recommend the grade and salary at which the candidate will be placed.  For internal selectees eligible for promotion, the board will determine grade and HR will determine step in accordance with policy.

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