Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Medical Instrument Technician (Diagnostic Ultrasound) in Albany, New York

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Albany, NY
Work Schedule is Intermittent - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Tuesday 10/11/2016 (14 day(s) ago)

** Closes Tuesday 10/25/2016 (0 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1820927


OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

The Stratton VA Medical Center, part of the VA Health Care Upstate New York, is located in the heart of Albany. Albany, the capital city of New York, the seat of Albany County, and the central city of New York's Capital District, is roughly 140 miles north of New York City and sits on the west bank of the Hudson River. Opened in 1951, our Medical Center serves 22 counties of Upstate New York, Western Massachusetts and Vermont. In 1990 this facility was named in honor of Samuel S. Stratton, U.S. Congressman for 30 years of the 23rd District, a staunch supporter of veterans and a frequent visitor to our hospital.

Patient-centered care is our approach to delivering healthcare to our Veterans. This philosophy gives patients and their families the chance to work closely with their healthcare providers to create more personalized care plans. Patient-centered care also considers the Veterans' personal preferences and values, family situations, cultural traditions, and lifestyles; it keeps them informed and engaged throughout their treatment. The Veteran and family members become key members of the healthcare team and are active participants in making healthcare decisions.

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.


The Medical Instrument Technician (Diagnostic Ultrasound) independently performs examinations of the neck, thorax, abdomen, vessels, and extremities. The purpose of these exams is to achieve diagnostic studies to aid in the diagnosis of and treatment of patients. Incumbent evaluates the nature of critical / emergent procedures, and rearranges patients that are scheduled to accommodate them. Maintains records and files of patients examined. Cross-indexes interesting cases for teaching purposes. Duties include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Ensures correct machine techniques to maximize imagery to include color or doppler manipulation.
  • Monitors, safeguards, and recognizes when changes of equipment or procedures might be necessary to obtain anatomy /pathology that is necessary for proper diagnosis.
  • Advises Radiologists or referring physician of significant abnormalities that would require their immediate attention and visualization while the patient is undergoing examination.
  • Performs ultrasound examinations of the abdomen, neck, chest and extremities, retro peritoneal space for the purpose of acquiring high quality examinations that assist in the diagnosis and treatment of patient medical disorders.
  • Performs ABI or Segmental Pressure studies. The purpose of this examination is to accurately diagnose blood flow into the extremities.
  • Participates in the orientation of physicians, students and radiology technologists so that these individuals may acquire an understanding of the principles of ultrasound and how it relates to other diagnostic exams.
  • Establishes a good rapport with clinicians and Radiologist that are dependent on their skill sets.
  • Performs routine clerical procedures for the purpose of maintaining accurate ultrasound records so that easy recall of patient examinations may be achieved.
  • Schedules patients as appropriate when considering the patient history and urgency for the examination.
  • Maintains files of exams performed on patients. This includes the maintenance of patient logbooks, registration and editing of patient exams in the computerized information system, copying of images (to CD, film, or PACS), logging patients on the HIS-RIS work list or routing exams to different locations.
  • Performs multiple simultaneous settings and adjustments in the operation of equipment to insure accurate results.
  • On the basis of anatomical findings, determines necessary ultrasonic procedures to yield definitive diagnostic findings.
  • Reviews new developments in the field and recommends to supervisor those that would improve the operation of the section and or treatment of patients.
  • In emergent situations, may be required to assist in other modalities.
  • Maintains adequate supplies so that examinations are not delayed due to the lack of necessary equipment and/or supplies.
  • Develops and maintains patient prep procedures so that patients and wards understand the proper preparations for ultrasound examinations in an effort to minimize delays of examinations.
  • Explains examinations to be performed to the patients in a manner that the patient understands the purpose of the exam as well as any requirements prior to the exam.
  • Gathers related information such as patient chart, other pertinent imaging exams, etc., so that correlation of examinations to other studies may be made by the Radiologist in diagnosis and recommendations of treatment for medical disorders.
  • Distributes ultrasound examinations and related information to the Radiologist responsible for the interpretation of the exams.
  • Assists Bio Med or service vendors with quality testing on the ultrasound unit using phantoms, test tools, test check lists, etc. for the purpose of assuring peak performance of the ultrasound equipment.
  • Performs or advises routine housekeeping duties to assure that the ultrasound area is clean and sanitary.
  • Maintains awareness of and practices the safety policies/procedures of the medical center, and participate in quality assurance activities as directed.

Work Schedule: Call coverage for rotating evening, nights, weekends and holidays as needed.

Functional Statement Title/#: Medical Instrument Technician (Diagnostic Ultrasound)/F9241

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

Basic Requirements:

  • U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • Medical Instrument Technicians must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with chapter 2, section D, paragraph 5a, this part.
  • There are no specific educational requirements for this occupation. See the grade requirements part of this standard for information regarding educational substitutions.
  • 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. For certain functional areas at the higher levels or supervisory assignments, specific certifications appropriate to the specialty are indicated in this standard under "Titles and Certification/Registrations".
  • Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certifications are desirable, but not required.
  • Registration by Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) or by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) is highly desirable, but not required.

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.

Grade Determinations: To qualify at the GS-08, full performance level, you must possess at least one (1) year of specialized experience comparable to the next lower grade level which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics related to the duties of the position to be filled. This would be experience which provided the overall knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) to conduct diagnostic ultrasound examinations in complex and unusual cases. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

  • Ability to perform diagnostic ultrasound examination on multiple areas of the body, including, but not limited to, the abdomen, pelvis, transvaginal, chest, small parts, thyroid, breast and scrotum.
  • Ability to perform vascular studies such as vertebral, renal artery, aortic aneurysm, portal-systemic shunts, etc.
  • Ability to assist radiologists with biopsy procedures determining the location, depth and required needle angle for the lesion to be sampled.
  • Ability to assist in surgical procedures and fluid aspirations.

References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G27, Medical Instrument Technician GS-0649 Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.

Physical Requirements: Regular and recurring physical exertion; long periods of standing, walking, bending, stooping, reaching, and similar activities around storage areas. Lifting supplies up to 50 pounds to shelves or carrying to other areas.

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

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Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.

Other Information

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

Salary Range: $44,389.00 to $57,702.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0649-08/08

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 452871900

Job Announcement Number: 528D-16-IPH-1820927-230-BU