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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Biomedical Equipment Support Specialist in Charleston, South Carolina

Summary

The Biomedical Equipment Support Specialist (BESS) provides clinical and administrative support to staff, patients, and administrators for all matters of concern relating to the facility wide lifecycle management of medical equipment. Medical equipment supported by the BESS is maintained to the standards required by multiple accrediting agencies (e.g. FDA, The Joint Commission, the National Fire Protection Association, etc.)

Responsibilities

Coordinates and works effectively with other facility support departments including Facilities Management Service (PMS), Office of Information Technology (OIT), Patient Safety, Sterile Processing Service (SPS), Logistics, Contracting, Informatics, and Environmental Management Service (EMS). Maintains functional knowledge of relevant safety codes and standards of regulatory bodies including The Joint Commission (TJC), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI). Adheres to VA Medical Device Cyber Security policies and procedures in pre-procurement, during system implementation, and throughout the life of the system. Collaborates with Logistics and Contracting to procure parts and services; functions as a purchase card holder, as required. Arranges service contracts, and ensures that the work completed by the vendors meets Medical Center and industry standards as well as customer needs. Maintains knowledge of the state of the art in medical technology, including scientific advances, mechanical concepts, network protocols, and vendor changes. Serves as technical advisor and consultant to physicians, clinical personnel, and the Supervisory Biomedical Engineer in the evaluation and purchase of new equipment to meet current and projected medical center needs. Provides training and education as appropriate to medical technology end users and clinical staff. Represents Biomedical/Clinical Engineering department on committees and in meetings as delegated by supervisor. Repair and maintain hospital medical equipment. Work Schedule: 700-1530 (Or TBD by Supervisor)

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Overtime/Shift/Weekend/Holiday Work Required: Yes, Overtime and/or Comp Time may be required

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

Qualifications

Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. 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. Experience and Education: Associates degree in Biomedical Electronics Technology, Biomedical Equipment Technology or Biomedical Engineering Technology or in a related technical field such as Electronic Technology or Information Technology and two years of experience as a Biomedical Equipment Support Specialist, Biomedical Equipment Technician, Field Service Engineer, Medical Equipment Repairer, or Information Technology Specialist. Or, Bachelor's degree in Biomedical Engineering Technology or in a related field such as Electronics Engineering Technology (EET) or Information Technology. Or, Completion of a military training program in biomedical equipment and two years of experience as a Biomedical Equipment Support Specialist or Biomedical Equipment Technician, Field Service Engineer, Medical Equipment Repairer or Information Technology Specialist. English Language Proficiency: Biomedical Equipment Support Specialist appointed under authority 38 U.S.C. chapters 73 or 74 serving in a direct patient-care capacity must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA policy. Preferred Experience: Basic Theory: The necessary knowledge, training and skills to be able to support all types of medical equipment used in patient care. Ability to assume responsibility for all maintenance aspects of the biomedical engineering programs in as assigned area. Networked Systems: The incumbent understands the details of assigned systems, how they are designed, how they operate, what system limitations and capabilities exist particularly as clinically applied. Professional Services: The incumbent will be responsible to provide technical expertise during production selection, design and construction related to product implementation, installation and certification. Personal Contact/Administrative: The incumbent will use skills to clearly communicate matters and complete assignments. Experience repairing and maintaining hospital medical equipment. GS-11 Grade Determination: Knowledge of a wide range of sciences including, but not limited to, electronics (analog and digital), computer science/networking, mechanical engineering design, pneumatics, hydraulics, chemistry, physiology, medical terminology, anatomy, optics, and biology to perform duties of a broad scope and nature on complex and sophisticated patient-related medical systems and sub-systems. Ability to perform advanced testing and troubleshooting of medical devices involving their interfaces and connections to information systems either directly or through the hospitals hardwired and wireless networks. Knowledge of codes and standards relevant to safe operation of medical instrumentation such as National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), the Joint Commission (TJC), and the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI). Skill in the use of all types of test and calibration equipment such as digital multi-meters, electrical safety analyzers, defibrillator analyzers, patient simulators, digital oscilloscopes, pulse generators, and Local Area Network (LAN) analyzers in performing troubleshooting/repair and preventive maintenance activities. Ability to configure and maintain medical servers and desktop computers. Knowledge of contracting regulations, requirements, and specific contract specifications including performance-based contracts. References: VA Handbook 5005/95, Part II, Appendix G49, Biomedical Equipment Support Specialist Qualification StandardThe full performance level of this vacancy is GS11.Physical Requirements: The work requires some physical exertion, such as long periods of standing; recurring bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, climbing, or similar activities, especially to work on stationary equipment with components that may be difficult to access. It requires recurring lifting of light to moderately heavy items typically weighing over 50 pounds, such as medical and test equipment, patient monitors, tools, and components. The work assignments will involve working in cramped and awkward positions which may be outside or inside, on elevated structures, and in cramped areas. Work assignments may be at the medical center and/or at any of its outpatient clinics. Acceptable hearing, visual accuracy, field of vision, and color differentiation are required. Must display good hand-eye coordination. Work involves regular and recurring exposure to moderate risks and discomforts including: dust, strong odors, and chemical fumes; varying levels of noise and vibration, electrical hazards, radiation, radioactive materials, uncovered moving parts of machinery, and moving machinery; conditions at construction sites, some outdoors, in varying stages of completion; and working around patients with various medical conditions that may be contagious or pose a health risk.

Education

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: 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. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.

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. 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.

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