Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Medical Instrument Technician (Cardiac Catheterization) in Augusta, Georgia

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
2 vacancies in the following location:
  • Augusta, GA
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Wednesday 9/14/2016 (38 day(s) ago)

** Closes Wednesday 11/30/2016 (39 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1790383

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.

Augusta Georgia is the home of the world renowned 'Masters' golf tournament and is Georgia's second oldest and second largest city. Please visit the official Augusta website to learn more about this ever changing and exciting city:

The Augusta Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center is a two-division Medical Center that provides tertiary care in medicine, surgery, neurology, psychiatry, rehabilitation medicine, and spinal cord injury. The Medical Center is affiliated with the Georgia Health Sciences University, Augusta, GA and as such integrates teaching, research, and advanced patient care, making it an attractive academic medical center. This facility offers a full spectrum of comprehensive health care services, using state-of-the-art technology and innovative programs, as well as education and research benefits.

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.

  • Relocation Expenses are not authorized.
  • Current permanent employees of the Charlie Norwood VAMC will receive first consideration when filling vacancies.

Work Schedule: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday thru Friday (however may be required to rotate on-call status with other Cath lab staff for after-hours coverage for patient care)

Location:Downtown Division, Nursing Service Line, Surgery Department Functional Statement Title/#: Medical Instrument Technician (Cardiac Catheterization)/F00556

Duties include, but are not limited to the following:

• Utilize specialized equipment to capture images for digital subtraction system and interventional

procedures in the cardiac catheterization lab.

• Calibrate various instruments and troubleshoot equipment failures.

• Gather relevant information to ensure patient safety during diagnostic and interventional procedures.

• Communicate with Cardiologist to relay any information for modification of procedures.

• Monitor progression of procedures to anticipate and provide specific instruments and catheters as needed.

• Monitor and calculate pressures, heart rates and other recorded parameters.

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.


Candidates must meet all the requirements identified in the VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G27, Appendix B, Medical Instrument Technician Qualification Standards Citizenship: U.S Citizenship is required (Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens). English Language Proficiency: Applicants appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English.

Preferred experience. Two (2) years of Cardiac Catheterization experience.

GRADE DETERMINATIONS:In addition to meeting the basic requirements, applicants at this grade level must demonstrate the (KSAs) knowledge, skills, and abilities at this grade level. If selected for the position KSAs need to be completed on plain paper, with a narrative description of experience, education and training as related to each skill. GS 8: Experience. At least 1 year of experience comparable to the next lower grade level which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics of the positions to be filled. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities1. Ability to scrub, circulate, and monitor advanced procedures (including electrophysiological) to include rotoblation, intravascular ultrasound, RADI or wave-wire, angiojet, filter wires, myocardial biopsies EPS, permanent pacemaker insertions, AICD insertions, and biventricular pacemaker insertion. 2. Advanced knowledge of equipment, medications, and supplies used in the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory and the ability to set-up, calibrate, operate, and troubleshoot this equipment. 3. Knowledge and understanding of wave forms from the great vessels and all chambers of the heart including the ability to recognize and distinguish normal from abnormal, artifact from abnormality, and forewarn the physician of an impending life-threatening situation. 4. Knowledge of quality control and performance improvement indicators for the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory and ability to prepare and analyze quality control of test results.

Certification. Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certifications are desirable. Cardiac catheterization technicians at this level function as full members of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory Team. They scrub, circulate, operate equipment, etc., on the most complex examination and treatment procedures including procedures such as endocardial biopsy, radio frequency ablation procedures, and intra-aortic balloon pump therapy for very critical patients. They prepare and administer cardiac medications as directed by the attending physician. They mentor and train lower graded technicians, nurses, nursing students, and cardiopulmonary technology students on cardiac catheterization laboratory procedures and assist the supervisor/manager with quality control and performance improvement activities.

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: 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:Heavy Lifting (45 lbs and over); Heavy Carrying (45 lbs and over); Straight Pulling (up to 1 hour); Pushing (1 – 2 hours); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (up to 3 hours); Standing (up to 3 hours); Repeated bending (up to 1 hour); Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13” to 16”; Hearing (aid permitted)

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203-FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently offered:

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: $44,335.00 to $57,631.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0649-08/08

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens and Permanent Employees of Other Federal Agencies

Control Number: 452310600

Job Announcement Number: OD-16-YR-1790383-433