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Job Title: Medical Supply Technician (Sterile Processing)
Company Name: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Columbia, SC
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 09/12/2018
Expire Date: 11/11/2018
Job Categories: Agriculture, Forestry, & Fishing, Customer Service and Call Center, Finance/Economics, Healthcare, Practitioner and Technician, Human Resources, Information Technology, Quality Control, Medical, Nonprofit and Volunteer Services, Energy / Utilities
Job Description
Medical Supply Technician (Sterile Processing)

The incumbent will rotate assignments including but not limited to: Determination, Endoscope Reprocessing, Surgical and Clinical Instrument Set Assembly (Prep), Case Cart Assembly and Distribution, and OR Center Core. This position require extensive knowledge of a complete range of surgical, medical and dental instrumentation and supplies. Surgical instruments are very complex and are used for Vascular, Orthopedics, Ophthalmic, Thoracic, Gynecological, ENT, and Urology cases among others. Many of the instrument sets are valued over $75,000 each and must be handled with the utmost of care. The incumbent must understand how to utilize Manufacturer Instructions for USE (IFU) and SOP documents to complete cleaning, disinfection and sterilization of highly sophisticated instruments and equipment. An understanding of OSHA, CDC, FDA requirements as well as AAMI, AORN, and IAHCSMM recommendations is required while working within all sections of Sterile Processing Service. In order to keep up with the ever changing SPS technical requirement, the incumbent is responsible to participate in all scheduled training and complete training requirements within the designated timeframe. VA SPS Level One Training must be completed within the first three months of employment and VA SPS, IAHCSMM or CBSPD certification should be completed within one year of employment. The incumbent is responsible to complete other duties as assigned. The incumbent will follow IFU and SOP for each item processed and will seek assistance for items that they are not familiar with. T

Work Schedule: 24 hour a day five days a week operation with coverage on weekends, holidays, and overnight on-call hours. This position is subject to routine day shift, odd tour, weekends, and on-call schedules.
Telework: NA
Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
Position Description/PD#: PD#544-00335-A
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: NA
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 09/20/2018.

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-6 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-5. 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.

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

  • Specialized Experience: - Processing, assembling, trouble-shooting, preparing, sterilizing, storing, and issuing sterile medical supplies and equipment; demonstrate 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 demonstrate 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, etc.
  • Education - Successfully completed at least 9 semester hours of graduate level education or an internship that included courses such as medical supply processing, storage, and distribution; sterile supplies, operating room, and surgical technician courses; or other fields directly related to this position. This education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university. NOTE: If you select this option, you must submit a copy of your transcript (unofficial or official) with your application. Education cannot be credited without documentation.




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.

Physical Requirements: The work requires some physical exertion such as long periods of standing, bending, stooping, and crouching, stretching, and similar actives. Lifting (up to 30 lbs) is required throughout the workday. Pushing carts weighing several hundred pounds, maneuvering carts on tracks leading to the elevator system, over rises and around doorsills etc.

Decontamination: The decontamination section is section is located within SPS aa well the GI lab. Proper PPE is required to be worn by all who enter decontam including SPS staff, visitor, EMS, and other Facility Staff. Decontamination is the physical or chemical process that renders an inanimate object, safe for further handling. Cleaning is the first and most important step that is essential to achieve disinfection and sterilization. Incumbent will follow IFU and SOP for each item processed and will seek assistance for items that they are not familiar with. The use of critical thinking skill is required for determining the best method for cleaning, disinfecting and processing certain items when the required method is not obvious. Automated equipment will used appropriately and as needed following each piece of automated equipment's IFU as well as the IFU for the RME device being processed.
Endoscope Reprocessing: Is a critical part of the SPS section. Failure to perform this cleaning can result in sterilization or disinfection failure, and outbreaks of infection can occur. It is imperative that the manufacturers' written instructions for use are followed at all times when cleaning and processing endoscope. Failure to follow IFU could result in potential risk for the patient and possible catastrophic damage to the scope.
Assembly and Preparation: Items in the Assembly and Preparation (PREP) section have been decontaminated and are considered safe for handling. Staff assigned to this area is responsible for carefully inspecting items for possible defects, proper functions and cleanliness. After inspection is accomplished, assembly of instruments or other items to be sterilized occur.
Case Cart Assembly and Distribution and Inventory Control: The Case Cart Storage section is used to store sterile instrumentals, sets, equipment and disposable supplies that will be utilized during surgical procedures. Individuals assigned to this area receives sterilized trays, sets and equipment from sterilizer, checks for effectiveness of sterilization (checks chemical indicators and looks for signs damage) places load stickers on sterilized material indication date of sterilization and cycle information and stocks shelves with sterilized material. Reprocessed items must be handled carefully to avoid damage or contamination. All items placed in a cart must be examined for package integrity by everyone who handles the package.
Instrument Inspection and Quality Assurance: All SPS staff members, regardless of position play vital role in Quality Assurance Process. SPS VACO requires a second check on all instrument set and surgical case cart.
Customer Service: Providing exceptional Customer service begins within the department with courteous behavior between SPS staff members and coworkers and leadership.
Complexity: Employees must comply with all of the regulatory guidelines while performing their responsibilities. They must inspect hundreds of items for defect, damage, bioburden or malfunction. Concentration and discernment are requiruired to distinguish among instruments that differ only in small detail. All work complete accuracy, while following manufacturer instructions, regulations and guidelines regardless of staffing shortage or numbers of emergent requests.
Work Environment: On a regular basic, the employee alternates between a contaminated environment and carefully controlled clean environment.

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

a. Resume (please ensure that you include the month and year for each period of employment), full-time or part-time, PRN (to include hours worked per week). If Federal employment, please include the grade level of the position.
b. Responses to the questionnaire.
c. Evidence of your eligibility to apply for this vacancy (please see checklist).
d. Current federal employees, submit a copy of latest non-award SF-50 -Notification of Personnel Action (that shows title, tenure, grade, series). Applicants will be rated ineligible if not submitted and/or an award SF-50 is submitted.
e. Copy of transcripts (unofficial are sufficient, but must document that degree was awarded) if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

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), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.

  • Cover Letter
  • DD-214
  • Other
  • Other Veterans Document
  • Resume
  • SF-15
  • 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.
Qualifications & Requirements

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 09/20/2018.

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-6 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-5. 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.

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

  • Specialized Experience: - Processing, assembling, trouble-shooting, preparing, sterilizing, storing, and issuing sterile medical supplies and equipment; demonstrate 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 demonstrate 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, etc.
  • Education - Successfully completed at least 9 semester hours of graduate level education or an internship that included courses such as medical supply processing, storage, and distribution; sterile supplies, operating room, and surgical technician courses; or other fields directly related to this position. This education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university. NOTE: If you select this option, you must submit a copy of your transcript (unofficial or official) with your application. Education cannot be credited without documentation.




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.

Physical Requirements: The work requires some physical exertion such as long periods of standing, bending, stooping, and crouching, stretching, and similar actives. Lifting (up to 30 lbs) is required throughout the workday. Pushing carts weighing several hundred pounds, maneuvering carts on tracks leading to the elevator system, over rises and around doorsills etc.

Decontamination: The decontamination section is section is located within SPS aa well the GI lab. Proper PPE is required to be worn by all who enter decontam including SPS staff, visitor, EMS, and other Facility Staff. Decontamination is the physical or chemical process that renders an inanimate object, safe for further handling. Cleaning is the first and most important step that is essential to achieve disinfection and sterilization. Incumbent will follow IFU and SOP for each item processed and will seek assistance for items that they are not familiar with. The use of critical thinking skill is required for determining the best method for cleaning, disinfecting and processing certain items when the required method is not obvious. Automated equipment will used appropriately and as needed following each piece of automated equipment's IFU as well as the IFU for the RME device being processed.
Endoscope Reprocessing: Is a critical part of the SPS section. Failure to perform this cleaning can result in sterilization or disinfection failure, and outbreaks of infection can occur. It is imperative that the manufacturers' written instructions for use are followed at all times when cleaning and processing endoscope. Failure to follow IFU could result in potential risk for the patient and possible catastrophic damage to the scope.
Assembly and Preparation: Items in the Assembly and Preparation (PREP) section have been decontaminated and are considered safe for handling. Staff assigned to this area is responsible for carefully inspecting items for possible defects, proper functions and cleanliness. After inspection is accomplished, assembly of instruments or other items to be sterilized occur.
Case Cart Assembly and Distribution and Inventory Control: The Case Cart Storage section is used to store sterile instrumentals, sets, equipment and disposable supplies that will be utilized during surgical procedures. Individuals assigned to this area receives sterilized trays, sets and equipment from sterilizer, checks for effectiveness of sterilization (checks chemical indicators and looks for signs damage) places load stickers on sterilized material indication date of sterilization and cycle information and stocks shelves with sterilized material. Reprocessed items must be handled carefully to avoid damage or contamination. All items placed in a cart must be examined for package integrity by everyone who handles the package.
Instrument Inspection and Quality Assurance: All SPS staff members, regardless of position play vital role in Quality Assurance Process. SPS VACO requires a second check on all instrument set and surgical case cart.
Customer Service: Providing exceptional Customer service begins within the department with courteous behavior between SPS staff members and coworkers and leadership.
Complexity: Employees must comply with all of the regulatory guidelines while performing their responsibilities. They must inspect hundreds of items for defect, damage, bioburden or malfunction. Concentration and discernment are requiruired to distinguish among instruments that differ only in small detail. All work complete accuracy, while following manufacturer instructions, regulations and guidelines regardless of staffing shortage or numbers of emergent requests.
Work Environment: On a regular basic, the employee alternates between a contaminated environment and carefully controlled clean environment.
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