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Job Title: Medical Supply Tech
Company Name: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 02/09/2018
Expire Date: 04/10/2018
Job Categories: Agriculture, Forestry, & Fishing, Finance/Economics, Healthcare, Other, Healthcare, Practitioner and Technician, Human Resources, Medical, Nonprofit and Volunteer Services, Energy / Utilities
Job Description
Medical Supply Tech

The incumbent to this position serves as a Medical Supply Technician within the Sterile Processing Service (SPS) section of Patient Care Services. Duties include, but are not limited to:Responsible for decontamination, preparation, equipment storage, and issue of instrument trays, equipment and supplies used by all service lines within the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System.
Disassembles, separates and inspects all instrument and equipment for damage. He/she removes all contaminants (i.e. blood, tissue, tape, fluids, etc.) by soaking, rinsing, wiping, scrubbing and flushing manually or by the use of a variety of decontamination equipment (i.e. ultrasonic washer, washer/decontaminator and cart washer).
Inspects and assembles surgical and specialty treatment trays along with sets used on the Med-Surg units, GU Clinic, ICU units, ENT Clinic, Podiatry, X-Ray, Dental, etc.
Arranges the instruments in the trays to protect the delicate and sharp tips, assures that the instruments are unclamped and places instruments in the tray according to likeness as noted on reference cards and count sheets.
Expected to help train other Medical Supply Technicians in all facets of processing instruments and supplies.
Make daily trips to the Operating Room suite and must be knowledgeable of dress codes, traffic control, and aseptic techniques performed in this restricted area.
Facilitate the daily progress of the Operating Room schedule by delivering hands-on service to a specific Operating Room if needed and directed by the Operating Room personnel.
Clean, examine, select and otherwise prepare and sterilize Operating Room and specialty clinic supplies along with instrumentation. This includes, but is not limited to, total joint instrumentation, micro-surgical trays, cataract sets, robotics, laparoscopic, transplant and dental trays. This expertise covers all necessary equipment and instrumentation to service twelve surgical specialties and the additional department needs at VAPHS.



Work schedule: Monday - Friday 2:30pm - 11:00pm; Rotating weekends and Holidays on-call to cover 24hrs; other shifts needed: 10:30pm - 7am; 6:30am - 3pm.
Compressed/Flexible Schedule: Not available
Telework: Not available
Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
Position Description Title/PD#: Medical Supply Tech/ 3690A
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 02/26/2018.

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: Applicants 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. (1) year of specialized experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the GS-4 level. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: Experience in processing, assembling, trouble-shooting, preparing, sterilizing, storing, and issuing sterile and unsterilized 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 decontaminator, ultrasonic instrument cleaner, cart washer, gas, steam and Sterrad sterilizers. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include work as an operating room technician, medical instrument technician, nursing assistant, corpsman, or laboratory worker. OR,
  • Applicants may substitute education for the experience required for the GS-05 level. 4-year course of study above high school leading to a bachelor's degree with courses related to the occupation or a VA or an International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management Certification. . OR,
  • Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at the GS-05 level. To calculate, first identify the percentage of required education you have earned (when substituting, you cannot use the first 60 semester hours that you earned). Then identify the percentage of required experience you possess. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify at the GS-05. For example, an applicant who has 9 semester hours of graduate level education (i.e. 50% of graduate education required) and 6 months of creditable specialized experience (i.e. 50% of the required experience) would equal 100% of the required experience for the position.

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: Heavy lifting of 45 pounds and over. Straight pulling, pushing, reaching above shoulders, use of fingers, both hands required, walking and standing for long periods of time, kneeling, repeated bending and climbing, both legs required, both eyes required. Hearing with aid permitted. Loud noises, bells, alarms and buzzers.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

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

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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.
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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, 02/26/2018.

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: Applicants 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. (1) year of specialized experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the GS-4 level. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: Experience in processing, assembling, trouble-shooting, preparing, sterilizing, storing, and issuing sterile and unsterilized 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 decontaminator, ultrasonic instrument cleaner, cart washer, gas, steam and Sterrad sterilizers. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include work as an operating room technician, medical instrument technician, nursing assistant, corpsman, or laboratory worker. OR,
  • Applicants may substitute education for the experience required for the GS-05 level. 4-year course of study above high school leading to a bachelor's degree with courses related to the occupation or a VA or an International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management Certification. . OR,
  • Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at the GS-05 level. To calculate, first identify the percentage of required education you have earned (when substituting, you cannot use the first 60 semester hours that you earned). Then identify the percentage of required experience you possess. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify at the GS-05. For example, an applicant who has 9 semester hours of graduate level education (i.e. 50% of graduate education required) and 6 months of creditable specialized experience (i.e. 50% of the required experience) would equal 100% of the required experience for the position.

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.
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