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Job Title: Medical Supply Technician (Sterile Processing Service)
Company Name: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Big Spring, TX
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 12/01/2017
Expire Date: 01/30/2018
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Job Description
Medical Supply Technician (Sterile Processing Service)

The West Texas VA Health Care System is currently accepting applications for a full time permanent Medical Supply Technician located at the George H. O'Brien, Jr. VA Medical Center in Big Spring, TX. This announcement is not intended to cover all the duties, responsibilities or qualifications of this position.The duties of this position include, but are not limited to:

- Advises medical personnel on the availability of supplies and the effective use of equipment.

- Adheres to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements.

- Prepares the full range of trays and surgical case carts used in an operating room.

- Operates sterilizers, ultrasonic cleaners, washers and dryers.

- Maintains stock levels and rotates and replenishes supplies as needed for RME.

- Decontaminates the full range of reusable medical supplies and equipment.


WORK SCHEDULE: Monday - Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Position Description Title/PD#: Medical Supply Technician/70153A

Experience: You must have at least one (1) full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade in Federal service. Specialized experience includes: experience in processing, assembling, trouble-shooting, preparing, sterilizing, storing, and issuing sterile and unsterile medical supplies and equipment. The applicant must possess 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; 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. 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.

~OR~

Education:

For GS-4: Successful completion of l year of study that included at least 6 semester hours in courses such as medical supply processing, storage, and distribution; sterile supplies, operating room, and surgical technician courses; or other fields related to the position.


For GS-5: Successful completion of 2 years of study that included at least 12 semester hours in courses such as those shown above for GS-4.

Successful completion of training provided through schools, hospitals, the military, or employee development programs of at least 20 classroom hours per week may be substituted for specialized experience on a week-for-week basis. Such training must have provided the knowledge and skills required to perform the work of the position, such as those described under specialized experience above.

Time-in-Grade Restriction - 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. The grade may have been in any occupation but must have been held in the Federal service.

You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:

GS-4

1. Knowledge of basic aseptic principles and techniques.
2. Knowledge of the types of supplies, instruments and equipment maintained and stored in a SPS environment.
3. Skill in preparing instruments for sterile preparation.
4. Ability to do inventory of sterilized trays, checking package integrity and expiration dates.

GS-5

1. Skill in assembling and disassembling complex instruments.
2. Knowledge in selection, use, testing and adjustment of various washers, sterilizers, and other equipment and the appropriate cleaning agents and techniques.
3. Ability to sort and inspect equipment and instruments for damage and report needed repairs. .
4. Ability to print electronic files containing sensitive data which must be protected under the provisions of the Privacy Act of 1974 and other applicable laws, federal regulations, VA statutes and policy, and VHS/RA policy.

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications .

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. 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; religious; 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.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

The work requires standing and walking during the entire workday, and frequent bending and lifting (occasionally weighing as much as 25 pounds). The employee regularly pushes loaded carts weighing several hundred pounds, aligns them on tracks leading to automatic transport systems in sometimes crowded quarters, and works them over slight rises such as door sills. On a regular and recurring basis, the employee alternates between a contaminated environment and a carefully controlled clean environment. The employee wears special clothing, hair covers, and shoe covers, which can be uncomfortably, warm. The employee uses insulated gloves to remove carts from sterilizers. The employee is subject to burns from accidentally touching hot items. The hazards of working around minute quantities of sterilizing gases are unknown. The work area is occasionally noisy due to rumbling of carts. For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.

Veterans Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or rsum. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx.

Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, non service-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed " SF15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," (go to http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf) and required documentation with your application materials. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx.

The following documents are required:

Additional documentation may be submitted to support your eligibility.

  • Copy of your transcript if you are using education to qualify.
  • Evidence of your eligibility to apply for this vacancy (please see checklist).
  • Any other documents required by the checklist.
Qualifications & Requirements

Experience: You must have at least one (1) full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade in Federal service. Specialized experience includes: experience in processing, assembling, trouble-shooting, preparing, sterilizing, storing, and issuing sterile and unsterile medical supplies and equipment. The applicant must possess 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; 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. 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.

~OR~

Education:

For GS-4: Successful completion of l year of study that included at least 6 semester hours in courses such as medical supply processing, storage, and distribution; sterile supplies, operating room, and surgical technician courses; or other fields related to the position.


For GS-5: Successful completion of 2 years of study that included at least 12 semester hours in courses such as those shown above for GS-4.

Successful completion of training provided through schools, hospitals, the military, or employee development programs of at least 20 classroom hours per week may be substituted for specialized experience on a week-for-week basis. Such training must have provided the knowledge and skills required to perform the work of the position, such as those described under specialized experience above.

Time-in-Grade Restriction - 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. The grade may have been in any occupation but must have been held in the Federal service.

You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:

GS-4

1. Knowledge of basic aseptic principles and techniques.
2. Knowledge of the types of supplies, instruments and equipment maintained and stored in a SPS environment.
3. Skill in preparing instruments for sterile preparation.
4. Ability to do inventory of sterilized trays, checking package integrity and expiration dates.

GS-5

1. Skill in assembling and disassembling complex instruments.
2. Knowledge in selection, use, testing and adjustment of various washers, sterilizers, and other equipment and the appropriate cleaning agents and techniques.
3. Ability to sort and inspect equipment and instruments for damage and report needed repairs. .
4. Ability to print electronic files containing sensitive data which must be protected under the provisions of the Privacy Act of 1974 and other applicable laws, federal regulations, VA statutes and policy, and VHS/RA policy.

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications .

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. 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; religious; 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.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

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