Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration MEDICAL SUPPLY TECHNICIAN in Fort Harrison, Montana

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Fort Harrison, MT
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Wednesday 10/12/2016 (10 day(s) ago)

** Closes Tuesday 10/25/2016 (3 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy ID: 1815375

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 Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who served our Country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your Country's service. If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA. The VA is committed to hiring Veterans.

The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.

The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define “who we are,” our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence (“I CARE”).

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This position is located in Patient Care Service, Sterile Processing Service (SPS) at the VA Medical Center in Fort Harrison, MT.


  • Responsible for the decontamination, sterilization, and packaging of Critical and Semi-Critical reusable medical equipment as defined by the Spaulding Classification system.
  • Collects, receives, inspects and decontaminates soiled Critical and Semi-Critical reusable medical equipment to include complex diagnostic equipment and medical apparatus.
  • Dissembles and positions all parts of technical reusable medical equipment to ensure the removal of bioburden for proper cleaning/disinfection prior to sterilization.
  • Articulates how to troubleshoot the sterilization load and can determine the possible cause of the parameters not being met.
  • Reports findings to the supervisor/s.
  • Develops computer reports required outside already existing packages, and interprets and analyzes this complex information.
  • Follows the local Standard Operating Procedures drafted in accordance with the manufacturer's written recommendations when reprocessing RME .
  • Communicates effectively with professional personnel on the proper use and problems that may occur with delicate instruments and equipment, such as flexible bronchoscopes, micro-surgery instruments, endoscopes, and other compact sensitive items which require special handling, attention to detail and precise adjustments.
  • Performs other duties assigned as it relates to the position.

Work Schedule: Variable -Monday - Friday, between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period
  • Background investigation may be required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959



GS-5: At least one (1) full year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-04) in Federal Service. Specialized experience is defined as experience that has provided you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of a GS-05 Medical Supply Technician - Sterile Processing. Qualifying specialized experience includes processing, assembling, trouble-shooting, preparing, sterilizing, storing, and issuing sterile and unsterile medical supplies and reusable medical equipment; applying knowledge of technical names, general uses, physical characteristics, and operating conditions of medical supply items to work performed in processing medical supplies; experience decontaminating, cleaning, preparing, sterilizing and storing medical supplies and applying aseptic techniques; 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 when the work of these positions has demonstrated the specialized experience described above.) NOTE: Experience must be fully documented on your resume and must include job title; duties; month and year start/end dates AND hours worked per week.


GS-5: Successful completion of a 4-year course of study above high school leading to a bachelor's degree with courses directly related to the work of a Medical Supply Technician such as medical supply processing, storage and distribution, sterile supplies, operating room and/or surgical technician courses, or other courses related to this position. This education must have been obtained in an accredited technical school, college or university. NOTE: A copy of your official/unofficial transcript must be included with your application package. Education cannot be credited without documentation. OR

GS-5: A combination of specialized experience and post-high school education as described above that demonstrates my ability to perform the duties of the position. Only education in excess of the first 60 semester hours of a course of study leading to a bachelor's degree is creditable toward the specialized experience requirement. NOTE: If you select this response, your skills must be documented in your resume and official/unofficial transcripts are required. Education cannot be credited without documentation.

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


  • Knowledge of sterilization and high level disinfectant processes.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both in person and in writing.
  • Ability to learn and use SPS (Sterile Processing Service) related topics for practical application.
  • Ability to work as a team member and develop strong relationships within SPS and among internal and external customers.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The employee usually stands and moves from one part of the room to another while performing duties. Is frequently required to lift packages weighing up to 50 pounds, and regularly pushes carts weighing up to 300 pounds for extended distances. S/he is also required to travel throughout the medical center making pickups and deliveries. There is a frequent requirement for lifting baskets and instrument sets/containers from knee or chest level and place on shelving above head. Dexterity and strength are required in lifting and positioning baskets and instrument sets/containers weighing over ten pounds overhead. Regularly pushes carts weighing up to 600 pounds for distances up to 2640 feet. On a regular and recurring basis, the employee alternates between a contaminated environment and a carefully controlled clean environment. Required to wear special clothing, hair cover, mask/beard cover, full face shield and impervious shoe covers which can be uncomfortably warm. The work is often hot and humid.

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at

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

* 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.

PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. 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.

Veteran's Preference: When applying for Federal jobs, eligible veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of DD-214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.). Additionally, veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability. If the military member is within 120 days of separation and does not yet have a DD214, the member may instead submit any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.

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 and required documentation with your application materials. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit

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Additional Information
What To Expect Next

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:

VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. This position may be authorized for telework. Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process.

The Federal Government has special excepted appointing authorities for persons with qualifying disabilities, such as Schedule A. Specific information can be found at IMPORTANT: If you would like to receive consideration as a Schedule A applicant, you must contact the Human Resources office at the facility where this position is located at (406)447-7078.

Other Information

Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at

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. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

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.

Salary Range: $32,318.00 to $42,012.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0622-05/05

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 452992800

Job Announcement Number: ANS-17-DBA-1815375-BU