Veteran Health Administration Medical Supply Technician (MST) in Austin, Texas
Announcement Number: AG516080-RDe-1785000-BU
Department: Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Position Info: Full Time
Location(s): Austin, TX
Open Period: 2016-08-29 to 2016-09-30
OverviewWho May Apply
VA Wide and Status Candidates
Agency Marketing Statement
Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1785000
OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincolns 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 Americas Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?
VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.
For more information on the Who may apply eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document.
* This position is subject to a national classification review. Contingent on the results of that review, the person hired for this position may be subject to a grade change (downgrade). *
*This position is open until filled*.
First Cut Off Wednesday, 9/14/2016 and two weeks thereafter.
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.
Time in grade
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
This is Bargaining Unit Position.
Work Schedule - Primary Tour: 8:00a.m. - 4:30p.m.
Potential Tours of Duty: 7:00a.m. - 3:30p.m. or 9:00a.m. - 5:30p.m. or 11:30a.m. - 7:30p.m. or 1:00p.m. - 9:30p.m.
Position Description Title/PD#: Medical Supply Technician PD# 674-7538A/674-3353A
DUTIES: Duties are performed in the Sterile Processing Service (SPS) at Central Texas Veterans Health Care System at Central Texas Veterans Health Care System Austin OPC, Texas. Receives, disassembles and inspects for damage critical and semi-critical reusable medical instruments and equipment. Determines correct method for reprocessing for flexible/rigid endoscopes and other medical reusable instruments in accordance to the SPS Standard Operations Process (SOP) and with the manufacturer's written recommendation. Removes soil, blood, tissue fragments, body fluids and other gross contaminants by wiping, soaking, rinsing, scrubbing, and using washer/disinfectors and ultrasonic cleaners. Loads and operates sterilizers for sterilization. Reassembles reusable medical equipment, including such complex equipment as dermatomes, surgical drills, and orthopedic specialty implant instrument trays, micro eye surgical instrument trays and other reusable medical equipment to support the surgical program. Conducts on-the-job in-service orientation and training to other medical supply technicians in decontamination and sterilization theory and techniques. Examines items to insure that gross contamination has been removed. Assembles trays and sets by selecting appropriate sterilizing tray or pan Selects correct sterilizing medium and cycles. Operates sterilizer monitoring all dials, gauges and graphs during the sterilizing cycle to assure parameters have been met for sterilization. Periodically monitors operation of sterilizers with prescribed tests. Maintains all documentation, adheres to standard operating procedures. Receives sterilized trays, sets and equipment from the sterilizer, exercises quality control to assure effective cleaning, product sterility, proper control numbering. Assembles individual case carts in priority time sequences and assures that necessary medical supplies and OR surgical instruments comply with designated surgical case. Stocks shelves with reusable medical equipment. Advises medical personnel on availability of supplies, possible substitutes and effective use of equipment. Disassembles reusable medical equipment, removes gross contamination from the component parts, reassembles equipment, and checks its functioning. Performs minor preventive and operator maintenance on the equipment. Utilizes personal protective equipment and adheres to dress codes in performance of duties.
Promotion Potential: The selectee may be promoted to the full performance level without further competition when all regulatory, qualification, and performance requirements are met. Selection at a lower grade level does not guarantee promotion to the full performance level.
Qualifications And EvaluationQualifications
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the cut-off dates of this announcement: Wednesday, 14 September 2016 and Friday, 30 September, 2016
Specialized Experience: *Sterile Processing Experience Preferred*
GS-05: One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-04 level in the Federal service. Specialized Experience: Experience in processing, assembling, trouble-shooting, preparing, sterilizing, storing, and issuing sterile and unsterilized medical supplies and equipment. The applicant must possess knowledge of the technical names, general uses, physical characteristics, and operating conditions of medical supply items; knowledge of decontamination, cleaning, preparation, sterilization, and storage procedures; knowledge of aseptic techniques; and skill in operating a washer-sterilizer, ultrasonic instrument cleaners, and gas and steam sterilizers. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include work as an operating room technician, medical instrument technician, nursing assistant, corpsman, or laboratory worker.
GS-05: Four (4) years of study above high school leading to a bachelor's degree with courses related to the occupation. This education must have been obtained in an accredited business, secretarial or technical school, junior college, college or university. (Transcript Required If you do not provide a copy of your transcript your application may not be processed)
GS-05: Equivalent combinations of creditable specialized experience and education as described above to meet the total requirements for the position. Note: Only education in excess of the first 60 semester hours (i.e., beyond the second year) is creditable toward meeting the specialized experience requirement. This education must have been obtained in an accredited business, secretarial or technical school, junior college, college or university. (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED)
GS-06: One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-05 level in Federal Service. Specialized Experience: Processing, assembling, troubleshooting, preparing, sterilizing, storing, and issuing sterile and unsterilized medical supplies and equipment. You must possess knowledge of the technical names, general uses, physical characteristics, and operating conditions of medical supply items; knowledge of decontamination, cleaning, preparation, sterilization, and storage procedures; knowledge of aseptic techniques; and skill in operating a washer-sterilizer, ultrasonic instrument cleaners, and gas and steam sterilizers. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include work as an operating room technician, medical instrument technician, nursing assistant, corpsman, or laboratory worker.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
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: 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: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. 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: The employee performs a majority of work standing or walking with some kneeling, crouching, and reaching. In addition, the employee regularly pushes loaded carts weighing several hundred pounds, aligns them on tracks in sterilizers and must walk and pull delivery carts up inclines and over rises. There is a frequent requirement for lifting baskets of stainless steel instruments weighing 25 pounds from floor level to chest level and occasional requirements for similarly lifting baskets weighing 40 pounds. MUST BE ABLE TO WEAR PROTECTIVE CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT.
Time-in-grade: Applicants who are current or former Federal employees must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. For the GS-6 level, these applicants must have held at least the GS-5 grade or higher for one (1) year (52 weeks). The grade may have been in any occupation but must have been held in the Federal service.
You will be rated on the following competencies based on your application for this position.
Knowledge of use, operation, maintenance, assembly and disassembly of medical reusable equipment.
Knowledge of aseptic technique and infection control practices as they pertain to decontamination, disinfection and sterilization processes for reusable medical equipment.
Knowledge of use and operation of reprocessing and sterilization equipment, i.e., sterilizers. ultrasonic cleaners, washer disinfectors, leak testers, high levels disinfection equipment and cart washers.
Knowledge of decontamination, disinfection and sterilization processes.
Ability to effectively communicate with individuals of various backgrounds and levels of experience, direct operations and staff assignments within department.
If you are referred for consideration Wednesday, 14 September 2016 and Friday, 30 September 2016, 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 résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.
How To Apply InformationHow To Apply
All applicants are encouraged to apply online and notify the point of contact listed in this job announcement, if and when they update any of their information or application materials during the open period.
To apply for this position, you must complete the View 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, September 30, 2016 to receive consideration.
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.
Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.
NOTE: 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, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, 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):
Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
·Cover Letter, DD-214, OF-306, Other Veterans Document, SF-15, SF-50 and Transcript
Please use this checklist to ensure 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.
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 visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
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. If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents to your online application, follow the directions located at the following site: Fax Options. The Vacancy ID of the job opportunity announcement is 1785000.
NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203-FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.
What To Expect Next
The first list of eligible applicants will be pulled for referral on Wednesday, 14 September, 2016. Subsequent referrals will be two weeks thereafter. Applications received after the first cut-off date, will be considered for the second cut-off, and within your specific period of eligibility.
After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.
You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USAJOBS account and clicking on Application Status. For a more detailed update of your status, click on more information. Information regardingapplicant notification pointscan be found in the USAJobs Resource Center.
Benefits And Other InformationBenefits
VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently offered:http://www.vacareers.va.gov/why-choose-va/benefits/index.asp.
VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. This position may be authorized for telework. Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process.
The Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more before any Veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information on about CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website.
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."
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.