Job Title: Biomedical Equipment Support Specialist
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
West Palm Beach, FL
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Biomedical Equipment Support Specialist
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 11/20/2019. 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. Language Proficiency: Must be proficient in written and spoken English. Education/Experience: Must possess an 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, Must possess a Bachelor's degree in Biomedical Engineering Technology or in a related field such as Electronics Engineering Technology (EET) or Information Technology; 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. May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation). Certification as a Certified Biomedical Equipment Technician (CBET), Certified Laboratory Equipment Specialist (CLES), Net+ and A+ are preferred and highly desirable, but not required. Grade Requirements: To qualify for the GS-11: Experience: At least one year of experience equivalent to the GS-9 grade level. Certification as a Certified Biomedical Equipment Technician (CBET), Certified Laboratory Equipment Specialist (CLES), Net+ and A+ are highly desirable at this level but not required. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: 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, & 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 & connections to information systems either directly or through the hospitals hardwired & wireless networks. Knowledge of codes and standards relevant to safe operation of medical instrumentation such as National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Food & Drug Administration (FDA), Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), the Joint Commission (TJC), & the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI). Skill in the use of all types of test & calibration equipment such as digital multi-meters, electrical safety analyzers, defibrillator analyzers, patient simulators, digital oscilloscopes, pulse generators, & Local Area Network (LAN) analyzers in performing troubleshooting/repair & preventive maintenance activities. Ability to configure & maintain medical servers and desktop computers. Knowledge of contracting regulations, requirements, & specific contract specifications including performance-based contracts. Assignment. Responsible for the life-cycle management of diagnostic, therapeutic, & patient related medical equipment & systems. Performs routine & complex tasks involved in installation, maintenance, modification, troubleshooting & calibration of complex therapeutic, diagnostic & life support biomedical equipment. Monitors system backups, file integrity, ensuring network connectivity between systems, servers, databases, & the electronic medical record. Reloads operating systems & clinical application software in the event of system failure & interface with Office of Information & Technology (OI&T) locally & at other sites to keep systems operational. Conducts pre-purchase evaluations & addresses pre-implementation security issues to ensure that medical device isolation architecture (MDIA) requirements are met. Serves as project leader for equipment installation to include: discussing contract requirements & concerns with the architect/engineer & contractor; identifying site requirements, preparing cost analysis & justifications, preparing site plans & progress reports; acting as project coordinator during installation, testing phases & through to completion of the project to include acceptance testing, planning & coordinating work schedules with other services, arranging utility shutdowns; identifying & ordering materials & arranging for assistance from other trades & crafts as necessary. Responds appropriately to hazard recall notifications concerning medical equipment. Investigates equipment incidents & alerts, cases of equipment damage & abuse, equipment failure reports that cannot be duplicated & medical device security incidents. Member of a Root Cause Analysis (RCA) team when appropriate. Serves as a Contracting Officer Representative (COR) for the purchase of medical equipment, maintenance/repair contracts, & facility projects. Work includes; drafting Request for Proposal (RFP) language, Sole-source justifications, Statements of Work (SOW), conducting market research, product evaluations, evaluating contractor performance, & pre-procurements assessments. Consults & advises clinical & administrative staff in evaluating medical equipment proposed for purchase. Determines when healthcare technology, instrumentation, or systems are obsolete, hazardous &/or not cost effective to maintain. Performs incoming inspections on new & unfamiliar medical equipment & systems upon receipt to determine that all government safety regulations, manufacturer's specifications, contract requirements are met. Attends training from in-house as well as outside sources (e.g. attendance in community college courses, vendor service schools, conferences/seminars, etc.) to maintain & improve working knowledge of medical equipment, including current technology & future advances. Provides biomedical equipment related technical training to peer & Developmental BESS's as well as clinical staff. References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G49 The full performance level of this vacancy is 11. Physical Requirements: Incumbent must be able to stoop, reach, kneel, crouch, and maintain intense concentration for long periods of time under most adverse conditions, such as troubleshooting, repairing and/or calibrating life-saving equipment while it is monitoring and/or supporting the life of a patient. Heavy lifting (over 40 lbs) can be accomplished by getting assistance when needed. Circuit repairs required adequate eyesight and dexterity for working on high-density boards.