Biomedical Equipment Support Specialist

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration | Wilkes Barre, PA

Posted Date 9/13/2019
Description This position is located in Facilities & Management Service.Lifecycle management of all medical systems such as imaging, life support, dialysis, and monitoring to include physical and network support.
Maintains functional knowledge of relevant safety codes and standards of regulatory bodies including, but not limited to, The Joint Commission (TJC), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI).Documents all work performed in the computerized maintenance management system (CMMS).This documentation is completed in accordance with regulatory body requirements, the Office of Healthcare Technology Management (HTM) Documentation of Services policies and guidelines, and other VA requirements.
Applies basic networking principles to resolve medical system communication issues including, but not limited to, node to server failures.
Adheres to VA Medical Device Cyber Security policies and procedures in pre-procurement, during system implementation, and throughout the life of the system.
Loads operating system (OS) and clinical application software as needed.
Executes VA policy when responding to network incident response (due to infection, loss of services due to policy changes).As assigned, functions as a Contracting Officer Representative (COR) and keeps appropriate certification levels.
Uses knowledge of government contract procedures and documentation requirements to develop statements of work, sole source justifications, other applicable documentation (VA Form 6550, Independent Government Cost Estimate (IGCE), etc.) and to oversee vendor work. Collaborates with Logistics and Contracting to procure parts and services; functions as a purchase card holder, as required.
Investigates, remediates and documents Repairable Medical Device (RMD) recalls and safety alerts issued through the VA Alerts and Recall Management System (ARMS) within established timeframes.
Participates in local safety improvement processes such as Root Cause Analysis (RCA), safety work groups, and Environment of Care Rounds.
Identifies hazards during routine job performance and takes action to ensure they are addressed and corrected.
Represents Biomedical/Clinical Engineering department on committees and in meetings as delegated by supervisor.

Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:00 am -4:30 pm. This position includes daily on call rotation including 24hr weekend and holiday call
Financial Disclosure Report: Not requiredTo qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 09/27/2019.
Basic Requirements:
  • United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • Experience and Education: Associates degree in Biomedical Electronics Technology, Biomedical Equipment Technology or Biomedical Engineering Technology or in a related technical field such as Electronic Technology or Information Technology and two years of experience as a Biomedical Equipment Support Specialist, Biomedical Equipment Technician, Field Service Engineer, Medical Equipment Repairer, or Information Technology Specialist. OR, Bachelor's degree in Biomedical Engineering Technology or in a related field such as Electronics Engineering Technology (EET) or Information Technology. OR, Completion of a military training program in biomedical equipment and two years of experience as a Biomedical Equipment Support Specialist or Biomedical Equipment Technician, Field Service Engineer, Medical Equipment Repairer or Information Technology Specialist.
  • Specialized Experience: At least one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-09 grade level that also equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the Biomedical Equipment Support Specialist position. Please see below.
  • The Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities include:(a) Knowledge of a wide range of sciences including, but not limited to, electronics (analog and digital), computer science/networking, mechanical engineering design, pneumatics, hydraulics, chemistry, physiology, medical terminology, anatomy, optics, and biology to perform duties of a broad scope and nature on complex and sophisticated patient-related medical systems and sub-systems.(b) Ability to perform advanced testing and troubleshooting of medical devices involving their interfaces and connections to information systems either directly or through the hospitals hardwired and wireless networks.(c) Knowledge of codes and standards relevant to safe operation of medical instrumentation such as National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), the Joint Commission (TJC), and the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI).(d) Skill in the use of all types of test and calibration equipment such as digital multi-meters, electrical safety analyzers, defibrillator analyzers, patient simulators, digital oscilloscopes, pulse generators, and Local Area Network (LAN) analyzers in performing troubleshooting/repair and preventive maintenance activities.(e) Ability to configure and maintain medical servers and desktop computers.(f) Knowledge of contracting regulations, requirements, and specific contract specifications including performance based contracts.
References: VA Handbook 5005/95 Part II, Appendix G49The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-11. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-11.

Physical Requirements: The work requires some physical exertion. such as: long periods of standing; recurring bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, climbing, or similar activities, especially to work on stationary equipment with components that may be difficult to access; recurring lifting of light to moderately heavy items typically weighing less than 50 pounds, such as medical test equipment, tools, and components; and/or regular visits to construction sites varying stages of completion. Acceptable hearing, visual accuracy, field of vision, and color differentiation are required. Must display good close hand-eye coordination.

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