Medical Instrument Technician (Cardiac Catherization/EP Lab)

Richmond, Virginia
Oct 11, 2019
Oct 19, 2019
Full Time


The Central Virginia VA Health Care System is seeking an experienced Medical Instrument Technician.The Medical Instrument Technician is aligned under Medical Service at the McGuire VA Medical Center in Richmond, VA.The incumbent will serve as an Electrophysiology Technician in the Cardiac Catherization/EP Lab

If selected at the GS-7 level, the salary range is $43,402 - $56,424
If selected at the GS-8 level, the salary range is $48, 066- $62, 485

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Duties for this position include but not limited to:

Sets up of the EP Lab for procedures, which includes set up of the EP tray, multi-channel recording equipment (ART), patient hook up and obtaining a 2-lead electrocardiogram, assisting with the transport of patients to and from he EP lab, and coordinating the room cleaning between cases with housekeeping.

Maintains and monitors the computer system used for recording EKG's intracardiac electrogram, and pressure, possess knowledge in the use of the computer, defibrillator, RFA generator, and be able to operate this equipment independently.

Possess the ability to operate the Cardiac Stimulator and perform programmed stimulation under physician supervision.

Assists the cardiac electrophysiologist in performing the invasive cardiovascular procedures and functions at a level of technical expertise, function independently.

Scrubs, circulates, and operates equipment, etc., on the most complex examination and treatment procedures, and intra-aortic balloon pump therapy for very critical patients.

Assists the cardiac electrophysiologist in performing the invasive cardiovascular procedures and functions at a level of expertise.

Ability to independently operate and maintain all hemodynamic monitor equipment in addition to diagnostic recording equipment.

Demonstrates the ability to recognize equipment malfunctions, troubleshoot and initiate all equipment maintenance and repairs.

Prepares ECG electrodes and defibrillator patches at the start of each surgical procedure.

Operates equipment, monitors, and collects data from pacemaker and ICD (Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator) programmers and analyzers during surgical implantations to verify proper device function and lead placement and documents device implantation data.

Possess a current ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) certificate.

Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 8am-4:30pm
Bargaining Unit Position: Yes.
Recruitment/Relocation Incentives: Not Authorized
Relocation Expenses: Not authorized
Financial Discloser Report: Not required

Travel Required

Not required

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 a background/security investigation
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • 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, .

Basic Requirements:
    United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. 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. 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.

Grade Determination:

GS-07: Experience:
At least 1 year of 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 to provide all aspects of cardiac catherization technician services. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following technical KSA's

1. Ability to assist with insertion of temporary transvenous pacemaker catheters.
2. Ability to maintain intra-aortic balloon pump equipment during procedures.
3. Ability to complete individual cases by pulling sheaths and holding pressure to obtain hemostasis.
4. Ability to assist with closure devices.
5. Ability to appropriately educate patients and patient families regarding procedures and post-catheterization care.

GS-08: Experience: At least 1 year of experience comparable to the next lower grade level, which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics of the positions to be filled . This would be experience which demonstrates possession of the knowledge required to provide all aspects of cardiac catherization technician services. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following technical KSA's

1. Ability to scrub, circulate, and monitor advance procedures (including electrophysiological) to include rotoblation, intravascular ultrasound, RADI or wave-wire, angiojet, filter wires, myocardial biopsies EPS, permanent pacemaker insertions, AICD insertions, and biventricular pacemaker insertion.
2. Advanced knowledge of equipment, medications, and supplies used in the Cardiac catheterization Laboratory and the ability to set-up, calibrate, operate, and troubleshoot this equipment.
3. Knowledge and understanding of wave forms from the great vessels and all chambers of the heart including the ability to recognize and distinguish normal from abnormal, artifact from abnormality, and forewarn the physician of an impeding life-threatening situation.
4. Knowledge of quality control and performance improvement indicators for the cardiac Catherization laboratory and ability to prepare and analyze quality control of test results.

References: QUALIFICATION STANDARDS CAN BE FOUND IN VA HANDBOOK 5005, Part II, Appendix G27B, Medical Instrument Technician (Cardiac Catherization).

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-08. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is a GS-07 or GS-08.

Preferred Experience: Registration by Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) as a Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist (RCIS) is highly desirable. Basis Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certifications are also desirable.

Physical Requirements: Physical requirements for this position include standing , walking, lifting patients, transporting programming equipment. The work involves participating in lengthy, difficult procedures. Above average dexterity is required to calibrate and operate the technical equipment. Positioning and lifting patients may require considerable effort and working in awkward positions.


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

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. For further information, visit: .

Additional information

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your application, résumé, C.V., 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 recommend grade and HR will determine step in accordance with policy.

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.

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 ( Required at time of application).
  • VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at: . Required at time of application

    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 ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), etc.

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 .

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.

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