Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Medical Technologist in White City, Oregon

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

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

** Closes Friday 10/28/2016 (4 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1825331

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?

Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. Contact the Agency Contact on the last page of the JOA for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator.

For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitionsdocument.

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Who May Apply:

  • Current Permanent Federal Employees
  • Interchange Agreement Eligible
  • Schedule A
  • VRA Veteran Recruitment Act (VRA) Appointment
  • Veteran Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) Appointment
  • 30% or more compensable disable veteran
  • US Citizens

Medical Technologist serves as a generalist in medical technology with responsibility for performing procedures in the areas of the laboratory to include chemistry, hematology, coagulation, urinalysis, immunohematology, and microbiology. The generalist medical technologist rotates with other generalists on a regular basis through the above mentioned areas. Including occasional phlebotomy and specimen processing. As such, the Medical Technologist performs but is not limited to the following duties:

  • Develops, performs, evaluates, interprets, correlates, and validates the accuracy of laboratory procedures and results.

  • Performs testing procedures on a variety of biological specimens and/or environmental samples using manual or automated techniques, which require a broad exercise of independent judgment and responsibility with minimal technical supervision.

  • Evaluates the validity of data in relation to the test system and accepted assay procedures and correlates quantitative data with patient data (i.e., history, medications) to verify results.

  • Monitors quality control systems and measures; collaborates in the diagnosis and treatment of patients; and provides education for laboratory and others in the medical center setting including the public.

  • Calibrates, standardizes, adjusts and maintains instruments, verifying correct instrument operation using established procedures and quality control checks and monitoring

  • Identifies deviations in test performance due to instrument malfunction.

Work Schedule: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm, Monday - Friday

Functional Statement Title/# Medical Technologist/000000

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
  • Transcripts required for proof of qualifications
  • Selective Service registraiton is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • Provide month & year for start and end dates on work experience.
  • Indicate full-time or part time on work experience
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen

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  • Education and/or Experience:

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    1. A bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited college or university in medical laboratory science, medical technology, clinical laboratory science or in a related science (e.g., laboratory sciences such as chemistry, biochemistry, biology, microbiology, immunology, etc.). AND completion of a medical technology clinical practice program. Clinical practice programs completed after 1974 must have been accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP, formerly CAHEA), or the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES). The professional curriculum may have consisted of a post-baccalaureate certificate program or be integrated into a four-year program of study that culminated in a baccalaureate degree.
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  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college/university, including 16 semester hours of biological science (with one course in microbiology), 16 semester hours of chemistry (with one course in organic or biochemistry) and one course in mathematics, AND two years of post-certification clinical laboratory experience (e.g., blood banking, chemistry, hematology, microbiology, immunology, clinical microscopy, etc.) within the last ten years as a certified Medical Laboratory Technician by the American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Certification (ASCP-BOC), American Society of Clinical Pathology Board of Registry (ASCP-BOR) or American Medical Technologists (AMT). This experience must include performing moderate and/or high complexity testing in blood banking, chemistry, hematology, microbiology immunology and clinical microscopy (or categorical experience which matches categorical certification) in a clinical laboratory.

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  • > OR (3) A bachelor's degree from an accredited college/university, including 16 semester hours of biological science (with one course in microbiology), 16 semester hours of chemistry (with one course in organic or biochemistry) and one course in mathematics, AND five years of clinical laboratory experience within the last ten years performing moderate and/or high complexity testing in blood banking, chemistry, hematology, microbiology, immunology and clinical microscopy (or categorical experience which matches categorical certification) in a clinical laboratory.

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  • Certification. Candidates must have either (1) or (2) below:

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  • (1) Candidates must currently possess the appropriate certification as a MT, MLS or CLS given by the ASCP-BOC, ASCP-BOR, or AMT.

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  • (2) For positions up to the full performance level, candidates must currently possess the categorical or specialist technologist level certification from the certification agencies listed above, such as, but not limited to, chemistry(C/SC), hematology(H/SH), microbiology(M/SM), molecular biology(MB/SMB), and blood bank(BB/SBB). Technologists with categorical or specialist certifications may only perform duties within the area of the laboratory specific to their categorical certification (e.g., an individual with a chemistry(C) certification can only perform duties in chemistry).

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  • (3) Exception. Non-certified applicants who otherwise meet the eligibility requirements for certification may be given a temporary appointment up to the full performance level not to exceed one year as a graduate medical technologist under the authority of 38 U.S.C. § 7405(c)(2)(B). This appointment may not be extended. For grade levels above the full performance level, the candidate must be certified in accordance with paragraph 2d(1) above.

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  • (4) Failure to Obtain Certification. In all cases, MTs must actively pursue meeting prerequisites for certification from the date of their appointment. At the time of appointment, the supervisor will provide the MT with the written requirement to obtain certification, the date by which the certification must be acquired, and the consequences for not becoming certified by the deadline. Failure to become certified within one year from date of appointment will result in removal from the GS-0644 MT series. Failure to obtain certification during that period is justification for termination of the temporary appointment.

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  • (5) Loss of Credential. Once certified, MTs must maintain their certification. Loss of certification will result in removal from the occupation and mayresult in termination of employment.

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  • For the GS-9 grade level: In addition to the above qualifications must also have:

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  • (a) Experience. Must have 1 year of creditable experience equivalent to the next lower grade level, which is directly related to the position to be filled. OR,

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  • (b) Education. Must have Master's degree or 2 academic years of progressively higher-level graduate education in medical technology or directly related field.

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  • (c) Demonstrate the following Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

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    • Comprehensive knowledge of professional medical technology/clinical laboratory science principles, practices, concepts, and theories providing for sound independent work.
    • Comprehensive knowledge of laboratory quality control and assurance procedures and principle of performance improvement providing for sound independent work.
    • Knowledge of laboratory equipment and ability to maintain, troubleshoot and repair instrumentation.
    • Ability to use independent technical judgment to analyze and interpret laboratory results.
    • Ability to read, interpret and apply complex written instructions.
    • Ability to communicate, consult and interact with other members of the healthcare team, external relations, customer service and patient education.
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  • References: VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G24, Medical Technologist, dated May 12, 2014.

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.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: In accordance with HRML No. 05-12-02, Employment of People with Disabilities, Including Under Schedule A, 5 CFR 213.3102(u). Medical Technologist: Moderate lifting (15 - 44 lbs); Moderate Carrying (15 - 44 lbs); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (up to 1 hour); Standing (up to 2 hours); Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13” to 16”;Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and 20/40 in the other; Depth perception; Ability to distinguish basic colors; Hearing (aid permitted); Mental and Emotional Stability and Ardours Duty. The work is normally completed in an indoor office setting.

Security Clearance


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.

You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USAJOBS account and clicking on "Application Status." For a more detailed update of your status, click on "more information."

You will receive 4 Notifications:

  1. Acknowledgement Letter (Application Received)

  2. Notice of Results (Qualified or Not Qualified)

  3. Notification Letter (Referred or Not Referred)

  4. Disposition Letter (Candidates will receive if not selected)


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

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.

Other Information

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 and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more before any Veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website.

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: $48,968.00 to $63,654.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0644-09/09

Promotion Potential: 09

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 453370500

Job Announcement Number: VI-17-YC-1825331-BU