Electronic Technician

Hampton, Virginia
Jul 14, 2019
Jul 16, 2019
Full Time


This position is located in the Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration, Hampton VA Medical Center Engineering Division and serves as an Electronics Technician in Facilities Management Service. The purpose of this position is to provide system and medical equipment analysis support through preventive maintenance inspections, assessments, instructional repairs, calibrations, installations, modification designations. and user training.

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Duties of this position entail analyzing, diagnosing, developing, planning, troubleshooting, and correcting equipment, system and subsystems issues or malfunctions, and correlations, to include programming, governed specification installations, and design placement of complex, computer-based systems, software, and electronics.

Responsible for comprehensive technical support of highly complex medical and non-medical direct patient care electronic systems and devices. Typical devices or systems include but is not limited to. intelligent nurse can and code blue systems, patient wandering quad/paraplegic environmental controls, audiovisual systems, intrusion/security alarm systems, computer driven fire alarm systems refrigerant temperature tracking, pharmacy robotic equipment, 2-way radios. and surveillance closed circuit television systems. The paramount equipment is direct patient care and non-medical in nature.

Evaluates, identifies and provides corrective action and recommendations for equipment system malfunctions of complex microprocessor-based systems that utilize state of the art technology and have Vitally interrelated and sometimes dispersed subsystems. The equipment systems are assembled from numerous constituent advanced degree subsystems with complex devices.
Performs electronically challenging interfacing such as, locks controlled by the Security system which is also tied into the Fire Alarm system to release in case of fire; Patient Wandering system integrates with the Security system via electronic door locks and closed-circuit television cameras and monitors as well as integrating with the elevators and other alarm systems to control dementia patient access control. The Nurse Call system integrates with the Code Blue system, Wireless Paging system, televisions and the Environmental Control systems utilized by the quadriplegic and paraplegic patients.

Must possess sufficient knowledge to recognize the ability to merge components of these different systems while assuring compatibility and continuity for the critical functions associated with the equipment.

Recognizes hazardous conditions and procedures with electronic instrumentation systems, and initiates appropriate preventive or corrective action: and determines whether a system is to be removed from, be restored to, or allowed to remain in service in clinical areas.

Exercises extensive skill and originality to keep equipment functioning by recommending, developing. implementing, redesigning, reconfiguring, or modifying operating procedures to reduce equipment failures, eliminate hazards, or enhance accuracy and reliability. The incumbent plans, schedules and performs emergency maintenance on equipment to ensure that this equipment is operating and calibrated in compliance with codes and standards.

Is on the alert to all situations; subject to emergency call backs; determines equipment or systems commission status; notifies the service and the Supervisor immediately of unserviceable, unsafe. or any prolonged disruptive action that requires additional analysis, reprogramming, redesigning, or modifying according to manufacturing and other governing specifications. Failure or prolonged failure of this equipment may seriously impair the mission of the medical center.

Performs other directly related duties as assigned.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period
  • Subject to background/security investigation


Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8am-4:3-pm
Compressed/Flexible: Not Available
Telework: Not Available
Virtual: Not Available
Position Description/PD#: Electronics Technician/2378
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required

You may qualify based on your experience and/or education as described below:

Basic Requirements: At least one year of specialized experience at the next lower grade (GS10). Examples of creditable specialized experience includes: drafting, surveying construction estimating, physical science, mathematics, aerospace, architecture, chemicals, electrical or mechanical systems, mining, petroleum, or nuclear systems. Experience in a trade or craft may be credited as specialized experience when the work provided intensive knowledge of engineering principles, techniques, methods, and precedents.

You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:

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.

Time-In-Grade Requirement: 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 by the closing date of this announcement. For a GS-11 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-10. The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. Note: Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal employees applying for reinstatement as well as current employees applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS. Physical demands of this position involve walking, stooping, sitting, climbing ladders, standing, and long periods of intense concentration. Routinely required to crawl on rooftops and under buildings to investigate equipment malfunctions and recommend alternate methods and or other resolutions as applicable, commonly lift objects between 10 and 40 pounds and heavier objects as required.

WORK ENVIRONMENT. Work is generally performed indoors and predominately performed in clinical settings that are well heated or air conditioned with proper lighting. Often work in patent environments that are sometimes under negative pressure or in highly contagious areas. Special safety precautions and personal protective equipment (PPE) compliance must be taken when working in non-ionizing radiation and infectious environments for the well-being of the incumbent, staff and veterans. Incumbent occasionally York with. around, and otherwise exposed to hazardous such as; noisy machinery, aerosol solvents and other materials used while performing duties. Adherence to proper hazardous material safety practices and the use of personal safety protection equipment and universal' precautions is a must, often the setting Is with uncooperative or controversial individuals wherein a consensus is needed or tact and diplomacy must be used to demonstrate the benefits Of the new technology in order to assure compliance with the mandate.

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, 07/16/2019.


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

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: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html . 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.

Additional information

Receiving Service Credit or 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.

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal/VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/ .

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.

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.

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. Contact the Agency Contact for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator.

Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document.

If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .

How You Will Be Evaluated

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


Narrative responses are not required at this time. 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 resume and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

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

Resume Reminder - Your resume must include the following for each job listed:
1) Job title and grade level/salary. In order to show that you meet time-in-grade, you must document grades you have held and how long you have held them;
2) Duties (you must include enough detailed information to support your specialized experience);
3) Month, day and year start/end dates (e.g. 04/02/2007 to 04/13/2008);
4) Number of hours worked per week for all jobs listed
5) Full Name and address of Employer
6) Name of Supervisor or Contact name
7) Complete phone number of Supervisor/Contact

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

Trust determination process

Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
  • Resume

If applying as a status candidate with current or former Federal Service, provide a copy of your most recent SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action" showing you are/were in the competitive service and the highest grade or promotion potential held. If the most recent SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you possess one year time-in-grade, as required by the announcement. In this instance, you must provide an additional SF-50 that clearly demonstrates one year time-in-grade. If stated as "required" in the "Required Documents" section of the announcement, provide a copy of your most recent signed Performance Appraisal (typically this will be the previous fiscal year's appraisal).

The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.
  • DD-214/ Statement of Service
  • Disability Letter (Schedule A)
  • Disability Letter (VA)
  • Resume
  • SF-15
  • SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
  • Transcript

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and 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 Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx .

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

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. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.