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Job Title: Medical Instrument Technician - Electrocardiograph (EKG)
Company Name: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Birmingham, AL
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 09/12/2018
Expire Date: 11/11/2018
Job Categories: Finance/Economics, Healthcare, Practitioner and Technician, Information Technology, Quality Control, Research & Development, Medical
Job Description
Medical Instrument Technician - Electrocardiograph (EKG)

Electrocardiograph Technicians (EKG) operate instruments used to record electrocardiograms, exercise tolerance tests, 24-48 heart monitoring and scanning, and pacemaker evaluations. Certification is offered by Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) as a Certified Cardiographic Technician (CCT). This represents the full performance level. Medical instrument technicians (EKG) at this level operate and monitor electrocardiographic equipment to perform specialized examinations and studies involving exercise stress testing, ambulatory monitoring of arrhythmias, and indirect carotid pulse tracings on chronic patients. They monitor tracings to identify arrhythmias and when gross abnormalities appear, when to repeat certain procedures, when to stop test procedures, and when to get the immediate attention of a physician. They evaluate test results to determine appropriate machine adjustments and use alternative techniques and procedures when established procedures do not accomplish acceptable results. This includes adapting equipment and accessories to yield the best results during the examination. They edit and select an appropriate sample portion of the tracing for further interpretation by the physician.

Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 6 AM to 230 PM
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

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. Basic and Advanced Cardiac Life Support certifications are desirable. Training which does not result in official certification does not meet this definition.
- English Language Proficiency: Medical Instrument Technicians must be proficient in spoken and written English.

In addition to the Basic Requirments listed above, candidates must also meet the following Grade Determinations:
GS-4 Experience: At least 1 year of full-time work experience comparable to the next lower grade level (GS-3) which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics related to the duties of the position to be filled. Six months of this experience may have been in medically related fields such as nursing assistant, practical nursing, or similar fields. The remaining six months must have been in operating diagnostic and therapeutic equipment covered by this occupation. Experience gained in the operation of equipment for animal diagnosis or treatment may be credited at this level. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: Knowledge of basic medical terminology; Ability to learn the components, operating characteristics, and settings of the equipment to be used; Ability to learn typical patient reactions to the basic procedures involved and ability to recognize signs of distress; Ability to learn the standard positions for the procedure being conducted; and the Ability to learn the standard positions for the procedure being conducted. NOTE: This experience must be clearly identifiable on your resume. -OR- Education: Successful completion of two years of education above high school or an associate's degree with a major field of study directly related to the medical instrument technician occupation.

GS-5 Experience: At least 1 year of full time work experience comparable to the next lower grade level (GS-4) which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics related to the duties of the position to be filled. This would be experience in operating equipment related to the particular specialization for which application is made or in related functional areas. Experience gained in the operation of equipment for animal diagnosis or treatment may be credited through this grade level. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: Knowledge of standard medical terminology to interpret physician orders or instructions; Knowledge of common physical disabilities and ability to position patients for the examination or treatment; Knowledge of common physical disabilities and ability to position patients for the examination or treatment; Ability to operate the equipment to administer routine/standard diagnostic treatment or procedures; and the Ability to perform standard operator maintenance on the equipment including the ability to disassemble, clean, reassemble, and calibrate the machine. NOTE: This experience must be clearly identifiable on your resume -OR- Education: Successful completion of 4 academic years above high school leading to a bachelor's degree with courses related to the occupation, or a bachelor's degree in a major field of study appropriate to medical instrument technician functions.

GS-6 Experience: At least 1 year of full-time work experience comparable to the next lower grade level (GS-5) which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics related to the duties of the positions to be filled. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: Ability to recognize special patient needs such as disabilities, impaired mobility, and complicating medical conditions in order to prepare and position the patient for the prescribed procedure; Knowledge of the specialized equipment and accessories appropriate to Holter monitoring and ability to perform such tests; Knowledge of the specialized equipment and accessories appropriate to Holter monitoring and ability to perform such tests; Knowledge of the specialized equipment and accessories appropriate to Holter monitoring and ability to perform such tests; and the Ability to operate the equipment to perform standard and routine highly specialized procedures including exercise stress testing. NOTE: This experience must be clearly identifiable on your resume.

GS-7 Experience: At least 1 year of full-time work experience comparable to the next lower grade level (GS-6) which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics related to the duties of the positions to be filled. This would be experience which provided knowledge of the equipment, standard tests and procedures, and typical readings including arrhythmias and abnormalities. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: Knowledge of typical patient reactions and signs of distress including the ability to recognize, report and treat potentially lethal arrhythmias; Knowledge of common equipment settings and standardized procedures plus knowledge of common errors and corrective measures; Ability to modify procedures/positions to obtain the correct results with patients with complicating conditions such as amputations, Parkinson's disease, structural defects, and scar tissue; Ability to act as a mentor or preceptor to lower graded technicians; and the Ability to conduct in-service training on the EKG equipment and related instrumentation. NOTE: This experience must be clearly identifiable on your resume.

References: VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G27

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-7.

Physical Requirements: This position requires visual acuity, keen hearing, clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity. This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, kneeling, sitting, bending, pulling, and pushing. Transferring patients and objects may be required. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations or operative/invasive procedures. The incumbent may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient needs.

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Use this list when you apply for a civilian job with the Department of Veterans Affairs to ensure that your application is complete. We recommend that you print a copy of this checklist and keep it available for reference while you apply. Quite often qualified, and otherwise eligible job seekers are eliminated from consideration simply because they did not include a required document with their application.

Be sure to read and follow the instructions carefully, as you will not be asked to provide any missing application information. If your application is NOT complete, you WILL receive an ineligible rating and lose your chance to be considered for the position in which you applied.

Required Documents:
- Resume: Your resume may be submitted in any format. Your resume must include your first and last name, current address, current email address, current phone number, job title, duties and accomplishments. For qualifications determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week and the dates of employment (i.e., month/year to month/year or month/year to present). If your resume does not contain this information, your application will be marked as incomplete and you will not receive consideration for this vacancy. You are encouraged to include your employer's name and address, and your supervisor's name and phone number. If you are a current Federal employee or previous Federal employee you should also provide your pay plan, series and grade level (e.g. GS-0201-09). Note: If your resume includes a photograph or other inappropriate material or content, it will not be used and you may not be considered for this vacancy.
- SF50 Notification of Personnel Action: If you are a current or former Federal employee, you are required to submit legible copy/copies of your last or most recent non-award SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action.
- Online Questionnaire: Your responses to all the questions in the online questionnaire.
- VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations Available at http://vaww.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf
- 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
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. Basic and Advanced Cardiac Life Support certifications are desirable. Training which does not result in official certification does not meet this definition.
- English Language Proficiency: Medical Instrument Technicians must be proficient in spoken and written English.

In addition to the Basic Requirments listed above, candidates must also meet the following Grade Determinations:
GS-4 Experience: At least 1 year of full-time work experience comparable to the next lower grade level (GS-3) which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics related to the duties of the position to be filled. Six months of this experience may have been in medically related fields such as nursing assistant, practical nursing, or similar fields. The remaining six months must have been in operating diagnostic and therapeutic equipment covered by this occupation. Experience gained in the operation of equipment for animal diagnosis or treatment may be credited at this level. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: Knowledge of basic medical terminology; Ability to learn the components, operating characteristics, and settings of the equipment to be used; Ability to learn typical patient reactions to the basic procedures involved and ability to recognize signs of distress; Ability to learn the standard positions for the procedure being conducted; and the Ability to learn the standard positions for the procedure being conducted. NOTE: This experience must be clearly identifiable on your resume. -OR- Education: Successful completion of two years of education above high school or an associate's degree with a major field of study directly related to the medical instrument technician occupation.

GS-5 Experience: At least 1 year of full time work experience comparable to the next lower grade level (GS-4) which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics related to the duties of the position to be filled. This would be experience in operating equipment related to the particular specialization for which application is made or in related functional areas. Experience gained in the operation of equipment for animal diagnosis or treatment may be credited through this grade level. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: Knowledge of standard medical terminology to interpret physician orders or instructions; Knowledge of common physical disabilities and ability to position patients for the examination or treatment; Knowledge of common physical disabilities and ability to position patients for the examination or treatment; Ability to operate the equipment to administer routine/standard diagnostic treatment or procedures; and the Ability to perform standard operator maintenance on the equipment including the ability to disassemble, clean, reassemble, and calibrate the machine. NOTE: This experience must be clearly identifiable on your resume -OR- Education: Successful completion of 4 academic years above high school leading to a bachelor's degree with courses related to the occupation, or a bachelor's degree in a major field of study appropriate to medical instrument technician functions.

GS-6 Experience: At least 1 year of full-time work experience comparable to the next lower grade level (GS-5) which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics related to the duties of the positions to be filled. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: Ability to recognize special patient needs such as disabilities, impaired mobility, and complicating medical conditions in order to prepare and position the patient for the prescribed procedure; Knowledge of the specialized equipment and accessories appropriate to Holter monitoring and ability to perform such tests; Knowledge of the specialized equipment and accessories appropriate to Holter monitoring and ability to perform such tests; Knowledge of the specialized equipment and accessories appropriate to Holter monitoring and ability to perform such tests; and the Ability to operate the equipment to perform standard and routine highly specialized procedures including exercise stress testing. NOTE: This experience must be clearly identifiable on your resume.

GS-7 Experience: At least 1 year of full-time work experience comparable to the next lower grade level (GS-6) which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics related to the duties of the positions to be filled. This would be experience which provided knowledge of the equipment, standard tests and procedures, and typical readings including arrhythmias and abnormalities. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: Knowledge of typical patient reactions and signs of distress including the ability to recognize, report and treat potentially lethal arrhythmias; Knowledge of common equipment settings and standardized procedures plus knowledge of common errors and corrective measures; Ability to modify procedures/positions to obtain the correct results with patients with complicating conditions such as amputations, Parkinson's disease, structural defects, and scar tissue; Ability to act as a mentor or preceptor to lower graded technicians; and the Ability to conduct in-service training on the EKG equipment and related instrumentation. NOTE: This experience must be clearly identifiable on your resume.

References: VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G27

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-7.

Physical Requirements: This position requires visual acuity, keen hearing, clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity. This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, kneeling, sitting, bending, pulling, and pushing. Transferring patients and objects may be required. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations or operative/invasive procedures. The incumbent may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient needs.
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