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Health Technician (Prosthetic Fitter)
Company: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: San Antonio, TX
Employment Type: Full-Time
Date Posted: 03/04/2021
Expire Date: 04/22/2021
Job Categories: Agriculture, Forestry, & Fishing, Social Services, Finance/Economics, Healthcare, Other, Healthcare, Practitioner and Technician, Information Technology, Internet/E-Commerce, Medical, Environmental, Web Technology, Nonprofit and Volunteer Services
Job Description
Health Technician (Prosthetic Fitter)
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 03/22/2021. 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-07 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-06. For a GS-06 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-05 level. Time-in-Grade is not applicable to the GS-05 grade level for this occupation. 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. If the most recent SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you possess one-year time-in-grade, as required by the announcement. In this instance, you must provide an additional SF-50 that clearly demonstrates one-year time-in-grade. 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 GS-05: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-04 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: Knowledge of medical terminology, physical and sensory disabilities; basic anatomy, tissue characteristics. The ability to interpret oral and written instructions from the physicians and therapist, Knowledge of a wide range of prefabricated and custom orthotic devices. A basic understanding of their uses and function and the basic trouble shooting/repairing of these appliances. OR, Education: Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have 4-year course of study above high school leading to a bachelor's degree with courses related to the occupation. OR, Combination: Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at this level. Only education in excess of the first 60 semester hours of a course of study leading to a bachelor's degree is creditable toward meeting the specialized experience requirements. Two full academic years of study, or 60 semester hours, beyond the second year is equivalent to l year of specialized experience. Specialized Experience GS-06: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-05 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: measuring and fitting of orthotic prefabricated devices for the spinal, upper, and lower extremities while under the general supervision of Certified Clinicians or designated authority, communicating professionally with physicians, health allied professionals, social workers, and patients concerning all aspects of prefabricated devices. Specialized Experience GS-07: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-06 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: Knowledge of disabling conditions of the spine and the related devices used in the treatment of that condition. Familiarity with rehabilitation procedures and the support equipment necessary in that process. An understanding of clinical, social, economic, vocational, physical and environmental needs of the patients serviced by this facility and how this variables impact the patient's prosthetic and rehabilitation goals are essential to this position. You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:
Customer ServiceMedical InformationOral CommunicationTeamwork 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 is primarily spent standing and sitting in the fitting room. Manual dexterity in the procedures of measurement and patient handling is necessary. There exists periods of working at a computer terminal. Incumbent may carry/lift. items weighing up to fifty (50) pounds. Employee may be required to make adjustments to orthotic devices. Also, lifting, bending, reaching, and stretching. For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/.
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