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Biomedical Equipment Support Specialist

Company: Department of Veterans Affairs
Location: Huntington
Posted on: June 7, 2021

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Summary

The Biomedical Equipment Support Specialist (BESS) provides clinical and administrative support to staff, patients, and administrators for all matters of concern relating to the facility wide lifecycle management of medical equipment. Biomedical support requires the application of engineering and mechanical concepts and methodology to provide lifecycle management and technical support of diagnostic, therapeutic devices, monitoring.

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Responsibilities

Duties of the BESS include and are not limited to:

Tests complex electronics equipment in part or whole of a complete, operational system. This consists of items like Fire Alarm Systems (campus wide), Building Automation Systems (BAS), Public Address (PA) Systems, Two-way Radio Systems and repeaters, televisions, wireless systems, emergency phones, fiberoptic testing, and fusion splicing, data drops and punch downs, Closed-Circuit TV (CCTV), Automatic Tank Gages, Uninterruptable Power Supplies (UPS), Patient Lifts, Patient Mechanical Beds, Documents Sequencers, Barcode Printers, Date Stamps, all Printers associated with Engineering Systems (including but not limited to BAS, Fire Alarm, etc.), and other specialized medical and nonmedical systems and equipment which may consist of numerous complete integral components.

Coordinates and works effectively with other facility support departments. Specific tasks include but are not limited to incoming inspections, regular and unscheduled maintenance, and planning for end of life replacement in conjunction with clinical services. Utilizes common test equipment including, but not limited to patient simulators, pulse generators, network analyzers, test phantoms, electrical safety analyzers, oscilloscopes, and multimeters.

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.

May be tasked with leading and managing installation or upgrade projects for medical devices and systems. This includes but is not limited to pre-implementation planning and coordination with end users, vendors, and other onsite support staff (OIT, Informatics, SPS, etc.).

Additional duties are performed as assigned by supervisor related to maintenance, remediation, and tracking of medical systems to meet mission critical requirements. May be asked to assist in other administrative duties as well, including participating in hiring panels.

Follows approved procedures to identify, isolate, and investigate system failures.

The position is responsible for ordering parts necessary for the repair, maintenance, calibration, and adjustments of assigned equipment.

Must possess specific and in-depth knowledge of safety controls, paging/voice communication systems, etc. A great deal of knowledge in electromechanical devices, Radio Frequency (RF) systems, TV and video chains, etc. is required to perform the above duties.

Must possess an excellent knowledge of the TCP/IP networking protocols as implemented by Microsoft Windows and other Operating Systems. The incumbent must have extensive knowledge of computer hardware, switches, processors, and the interfaces used to communicate with services connected to the LAN.

The incumbent must be able to use computers to update and configure software used in modern microprocessor-controlled systems and devices. The incumbent performs work in the testing, implementing, evaluation and maintenance of software and hardware to accomplish the mission of the Medical Center's non-IRM (Information Resource Management) computer-controlled systems.

Lifecycle management of all medical systems such as imaging, life support, dialysis, and monitoring to include physical and network support.

All other duties as assigned and outlined in functional statement.

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-11. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-7 to GS-11.

Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Grandfathering Provision. All persons employed in VHA as a BESS on the effective date of this qualification standard are considered to have met all qualification requirements for the title, series and grade held, including positive education that is part of the basic requirements of the occupation.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

11

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1601 Equipment Facilities, And Services

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Requirements

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 a background/security investigation
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process

Qualifications

Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met.

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.
  • English Language Proficiency. Candidates will not be appointed under authority of 38 U.S.C. chapters 73 or 74, to serve in a direct patient-care capacity in VHA who is not proficient in written and spoken English. See Chapter 2, section D, paragraph 5a, this part.
  • 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; ORCompletion 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.

Grade Determinations:

GS-7 (Developmental Level 1)

  • Experience. At least one year of experience equivalent to the GS-5 grade level. Examples of specialized experience include and are not limited to: providing support of medical equipment and systems; utilizing schematic drawings, wiring diagrams, and technical manuals as guidelines; maintaining inventory documentation of assigned networked-attached medical equipment/systems; and providing biomedical equipment technical training.
  • Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs). In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs:
  • Ability to read, interpret, and apply a great variety of technical data such as schematic drawings, wiring diagrams, table charts, mathematical expressions and formulas.
  • Ability to learn equipment maintenance, operating procedures, and repair procedures from training materials and courses.
  • Fundamental knowledge of electronics to include analog, digital and microprocessor theory, pneumatics, hydraulics, optics, electro-mechanics, physics, basic networking, and chemistry.
  • Knowledge of the use of standard level test equipment to include, but not limited to, multi-meters, electrical safety analyzers, patient simulator, storage oscilloscopes, manometers, tachometers, etc.
  • Knowledge of anatomy, physiology, medical terminology, medical equipment, and technology.
  • Knowledge of basic networking, computer/server hardware/software and information technologies and computer virus protection software, available software patches and upgrades, and information security tools (i.e. Microsoft Office, Windows operating systems, McAfee, etc.).

GS-9 (Developmental Level 2)

  • Experience. At least one year of experience equivalent to the GS-7 grade level. Examples of specialized experience include and are not limited to: providing support of medical equipment and systems; utilizing schematic drawings, wiring diagrams, and technical manuals as guidelines; maintaining inventory documentation of assigned networked-attached medical equipment/systems; and providing biomedical equipment technical training.
  • Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs). In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs:
  • Knowledge of electronics and electricity including analog and intermediate digital electronics to test, calibrate, maintain, and repair biomedical equipment and moderately complex biomedical instrumentation systems.
  • Skill in the setup and use of standard and advanced level test equipment to perform precise and detailed analysis of the operating and design characteristics of equipment and initiate repairs, reconfiguration, or redesign of moderately complex medical systems.
  • Skill in applying theory, concepts, techniques, design characteristics, operation, and functions to assist and support installation, operation, test, maintenance, repair, design, and modification for a comprehensive range of medical equipment connected to networks or other operating systems.
  • Ability to evaluate practical and technical information from manufacturers, contract specifications, manuals, and historical data in order to perform analysis required to make effective recommendations concerning operation, maintenance, and repair of medical equipment.
  • Ability to perform testing and troubleshooting of medical devices involving their interfaces and connections to other medical devices, clinical systems, or information systems either directly or through the hospitals hardwired and wireless networks.
  • Ability to use application software and hardware as it relates to the operation and diagnostics of medical equipment.
  • Knowledge of computer equipment with a wide variety of software to input and retrieve data as required, and to prepare a variety of specific working documents and forms such as spreadsheet, database, word processing, and other similar products.

GS-11 (Full Performance Level)

  • Experience. At least one year of experience equivalent to the GS-9 grade level. Certification as a Certified Biomedical Equipment Technician (CBET), Certified Laboratory Equipment Specialist (CLES), Net+ and A+ are highly desirable at this level but not required. Examples of specialized experience include and are not limited to: providing support of medical equipment and systems; utilizing schematic drawings, wiring diagrams, and technical manuals as guidelines; maintaining inventory documentation of assigned networked-attached medical equipment/systems; and providing biomedical equipment technical training.
  • Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs). In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs:
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).

  • 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.
  • Ability to configure and maintain medical servers and desktop computers.
  • Knowledge of contracting regulations, requirements, and specific contract specifications including performance-based contracts.

References: VA Handbook 5005/95,Part II, Appendix G49, Biomedical Equipment Support Specialist Qualification Standard.

Education

IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

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: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. 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. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.

Keywords: Department of Veterans Affairs, Huntington , Biomedical Equipment Support Specialist, Other , Huntington, West Virginia

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