U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Agency Wide
$37,223.00 to $48,385.00
Open & closing dates
$37,223 to $48,385 per year
Pay scale & grade
3 vacancies in the following location:
Relocation expenses reimbursed
This job is open to
Current or former competitive service employees, including:
Career Transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)
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?
This position functions as a Medical Supply Technician in Sterile Processing Service (SPS). This is not a Logistics position. The duties is to provide wards, clinics, operating rooms, and other hospital facilities with medical supplies, instruments, sets, and equipment, etc. These positions are located at James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital and Clinics, Tampa, Florida. The SPS operation is growing and dynamic of which the majority includes various components such as seven day a week operations and/or expansions towards this coverage; multiple shifts (day, evening (swing), nights (mids), etc., and surgeries performed throughout the week to include weekends.
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 for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator.
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The employee rotates assignments among the various sterilization processing, surgical tray assembly, decontamination and clinic assembly and sterilization functions in a continually changing medical and surgical facility. Requires extensive knowledge of the complete range of surgical instrumentation, surgical tray assemblies, clinic trays and manufacturer's requirements for cleaning, assembly and sterilization, disposable and reusable medical supplies, and patient care equipment. Employee operates sophisticated microprocessor decontamination and sterilization equipment. Employee must be well versed in the operation of the Ethylene Oxide sterilization equipment and aware of the danger surrounding the use of this toxic medical gas. Must be aware of the changing guidelines and regulations as they apply to a Central Sterile Operation. Employee must participate in continual in-servicing and departmental meetings.
Operates all decontamination equipment in special area receiving items soiled with tissue, blood and body fluids and otherwise contaminated material. Decontaminates, identifies, and systematically segregates reusable items for preparation, reprocessing and sterilization. Identifies and receives contaminated surgical instrument sets, clinic trays, ward trays, endoscopic equipment, specialty carts, saws, drills and a variety of other items and devices from all areas in the medical center while prioritizing instruments and sets needed for surgery and clinics.
Selects proper cleaning methods based on manufacturer's instructions, experience and training, for pre-cleaning and cleaning all the different instruments, power tools and equipment sent to DPS. This includes using a variety of brushes, applicators, pipe cleaners, detergents and germicides. Selects the appropriate mechanical cleaner such as an ultrasonic washer, washer decontaminator, scope cleaner or cannulated instrument cleaner. You will perform other related duties as assigned.
Work schedule: Full-Time Employment- 7:30am - 4:00pm or 3:30pm - Midnight (vary based on the needs of the Service).
Compressed/Flexible Schedule: Not available
Telework: Compressed/Flexible Schedule
Virtual: This not a virtual position.
Position Description Title/PD#: Medical Supply Technician/ 0622-99962-A
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Who May Apply
This job is open to…
Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)
Questions? This job is open to 2 groups.
Job family (Series)
0622 Medical Supply Aide And Technician
Central Sterile Supply Technicians
Technicians, Central Sterile Supply
Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
You may be required to serve a probationary period
Subject to background/security investigation
Physical Requirements: The work requires regular and recurring physical exertion such as pulling/pushing a cart weighing as much as 600 pounds and lifting items up to 50 pounds. The position also requires standing for prolonged periods of time and frequent kneeling, stooping, reaching, and lifting.
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 03/01/2018.
- Knowledge of Ethylene oxyde sterilization.
- Knowledge of low temperature sterilization V-PRO Max.
- Knowledge and ability to operate an automatic endoscope re-processor.
- Ability to manually clean an flexible endoscope to include leaking testing, manual flushing and brushing.
- Possesses knowledge of operating room case cart assembly.
- Ability to operate an automatic washer disinfector.
- Possess working knowledge of biological indicators used for the different types of sterilizations (Steam, Ethylene oxyde, V-PRO max).
- Possesses the ability to identify, inventory, assemble and package instrumentation sets for sterilization.
- Performs correct packaging techniques for instruments sets utilizing peel pouches, container systems or wrapping material.
Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. For a GS-06 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-05. The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. Note: Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal employees applying for reinstatement as well as current employees applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment.
You may qualify based on your experience and/or education as described below: You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:
GS-06: One (1) year of specialized experience to perform the duties of this position. To be creditable, this experience must have been gained to at least the equivalent of the next lower level in Federal service. Specialized experience may include but are not limited to: Disassembling and inspecting items for damage or missing components; operating equipment and instruments to insure proper functioning prior to sterilization or redistribution; inspecting, disassembling, cleaning, and routine maintenance of sophisticated surgical devices such as sigmoidoscopies, cystoscopes, laparoscopic etc. processing, assembling, trouble-shooting, preparing, sterilizing, storing, and issuing sterile and unsterile medical supplies and equipment. The applicant must possess knowledge of the technical names, general uses, physical characteristics, and operating conditions of medical supply items; knowledge of decontamination, cleaning, preparation, sterilization, and storage procedures; knowledge of aseptic techniques; and skill in operating a washer-sterilizer, ultrasonic instrument cleaners, and gas and steam sterilizers. -OR-
GS-06: Nine (9) semester hours of graduate level of education directly to this position. This education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university. A transcript must be submitted if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education. Applications submitted without this information may not be considered. (Unofficial Transcripts required) -OR-
GS-06: An equivalent combination of specialized experience and graduate level of education as (stated above) combined to meet total experience. To calculate the combination of education and experience, determine the amount of experience you have as a percentage of the experience required for the grade level. Then determine the amount of education you have as a percentage of the education required for the grade level. Add the two percentages; the total percentage must equal at least 100% to qualify for the grade level. (Unofficial Transcript required)
This position includes a Selective Placement Factor (skill, knowledge, ability or other worker characteristic basic to - and essential for - satisfactory performance of the job). Selective Placement Factors are a prerequisite to appointment and represent minimum requirements for a position. Applicants who do not meet it are ineligible for further consideration.
Competency 1 - Conceptual and functional knowledge of the principals and practices of Sterile Processing and Decontamination.
Competency 2 - Knowledge of best practices in the field of Central Sterile Processing, information resources and assembly, decontamination, and sterilization.
Competency 3 - Knowledge of VA directives, AAMI, and IAHCSMM guidelines.
Competency 4-Knowledge of bacteriology and infection prevention, methods and principles of sterilization process.
Competency 4 - Knowledge of human anatomy, physiology, medical terms, and surgical procedures.
Competency 5 - Knowledge and skills to complete case carts for the operating room.
Competency 6 - Knowledge of the availability, economics, use, operation, maintenance, assembly and disassembly of the full range of instruments.
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: 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.
A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
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: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html
. 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.
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.
Receiving Service Credit or 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 employee's 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.
The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal/VA 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 http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/
Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.
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.
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If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
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. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
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How to Apply
How to Apply
All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 03/01/2018 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10136914
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Agency contact information
(813) 972-2000 X2014
James A Haley Veterans Hospital
13000 Bruce B. Downs Boulevard
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