Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Medical Instrument Technician (EKG) in Oakland, California

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Oakland, CA
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Friday 10/14/2016 (10 day(s) ago)

** Closes Thursday 11/3/2016 (10 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN)1825195

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.

For positions covered by the bargaining unit: First consideration will be given to employees of this facility.

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities and leadership positions at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the Nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries. 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.

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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.


Medical Instrument Technician (EKG)

The Medical Instrument Technician (EKG) performs the full range of electrocardiograph procedures, and related examinations, such as applying ambulatory monitoring devices, scanning Holter tapes/disks, event monitor strips and editing EKG, Holter, and treadmill reports. He/she utilizes MUSE cardiology storage system. The incumbent receives request and/or, consults for procedures. Interprets request from physician for appropriateness of requested procedure for patient's ability perform prescribed test. The MIT (EKG) receives assignments that require application of standard procedures or that have special procedures identified and explained. The incumbent is expected to instruct patients' pre-procedure to assure confidence and cooperation of patient during procedures. The Medical Instrument Technician (EKG) performs work with Holter/Event Monitoring specialty and requires experience in applying, operating as well as instructing in Holter and Event Monitoring equipment. He/She is expected to compile data, revise reports and complete reports for physician review. The MIT (EKG) schedules patient for application and removal of monitors and instructs in the operation of EKG equipment to nursing staff in patient care and clinic areas. Instructs the physicians and cardiology staff in the storage and use of MUSE System.

*Work Schedule: *Monday - Friday, 8:am to 4:30 pm *Functional Statement Title: *Medical Instrument Technician (EKG) *On-Call: *No *Rotating Shift: *No *Required to work holidays or weekends: *No *Fair Labor Standards Acts (FLSA): *Non-exempt *Bargaining Unit Position: *Yes *Recruitment/Relocation Incentives: *Recruitment/Relocation incentives are not authorized for this position.

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:

  • Citizenship -** Must be citizen of the United States

  • English language proficiency -** Must be proficient in spoken and written English

  • Certification –* No certification is required: however, it is desirable that employees at this level have BCLS (Basic Cardiac Life Support) certification. Grade Determinations: GS-7: Experience. At least 1 year of experience comparable to the next lower grade level which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics related to the duties of the positions to be filled. This would be experience which provided the individual with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to conduct diagnostic electrocardiographic examinations in complex and unusual cases. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: *Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Knowledge of typical patient reactions and signs of distress including the ability to recognize, report and treat potentially lethal arrhythmias .
  • Knowledge of common equipment settings and standardized procedures plus knowledge of common errors and corrective measures.
  • Ability to modify procedures/positions to obtain the correct results with patients with complicating conditions such as amputations, Parkinson's disease, structural defects and scar tissue.
  • Ability to act as a mentor or preceptor to lower graded technicians.
  • Ability to conduct in-service training on the EKG equipment and related instrumentation.**

Assignment. This represents the full performance level. Medical Instrument Technicians (EKG) at this level operate and monitor electrocardiographic equipment to perform specialized examinations and studies involving exercise stress testing, ambulatory monitoring of arrhythmias, and indirect carotid pulse tracings on chronic patients. They monitor tracings to identify arrhythmias and when gross abnormalities appear, when to repeat certain procedures, when to stop test procedures, and when to get the immediate attention of a physician. They evaluate test results to determine appropriate machine adjustments and use alternative techniques and procedures when established procedures do not accomplish acceptable results. This includes adapting equipment and accessories to yield the best results during the examination. They edit and select an appropriate sample portion of the tracing for further interpretation by the physician.

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. References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G27 reference and appropriate VA 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:This position interacts directly with patients and frequently requires extended periods of standing, reaching above the shoulder, sitting, stooping, bending, lifting and positioning patients. The work also involves working around machinery with moving parts.

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS:This Agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process, you must notify the agency. This decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Security Clearance

Not Applicable

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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Other Information

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

In Accordance with VA Handbook 5383 (VA Drug-Free Workplace Program) Applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA.

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: $47,525.00 to $61,783.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0649-07/07

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: U.S. Citizens and Current Permanent Federal Employees

Control Number: 453349800

Job Announcement Number: 612-17-TWW-1825195-BU