Biomedical Equipment Support Specialist (BESS) Job in Danville, Illinois – Department of Veterans Affairs



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Biomedical Equipment Support Specialist (BESS) – Danville, Illinois
Veterans Health Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs
Job ID: 585975
Start Date: 04/13/2022
End Date: 05/03/2022

Qualification Summary
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. Must be proficient in written and spoken English. Minimum education and/or experience: 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. In addition to the basic requirements for employment, you must possess one full year of specialized experience that has equipped you to fully be able to demonstrate all of the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs): (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. 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. Creditable Experience: To be creditable, experience must demonstrate the use of knowledge, skills, and abilities associated with Biomedical Equipment Support. Experience may be acquired by paid or non-paid employment. Quality of Experience: Experience is only creditable if it is either directly related to the position to be filled or in a related field (i.e. Biomedical Equipment Support Specialist, Biomedical Equipment Technician, Field Service Engineer, Medical Equipment Repairer, or IT Specialist in a healthcare setting). Experience satisfying this requirement may be paid or non-paid employment. References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/95, PART II, APPENDIX G49 The full performance level of this vacancy is a GS-11. Physical Requirements: The work requires light to medium effort with occasional climbing, stooping, lifting, and reaching. The work may require a limited amount of lifting between ten and fifty pounds would be common. If in some situations there may be special requirements for specific agility or dexterity for the completion of various tasks. Substantial amounts of walking are involved in the performance of the incumbent’s duties. Work Environment: Incumbents work will be performed in clinical settings. This can range from an office or laboratory setting to, clinical areas around patients and medical personnel. Work is usually performed in well lit and environmentally friendly atmosphere. Special safety precautions must be observed when working in the area of non-ionizing radiation, infectious environments, and steam and potential electrical shock areas. Incumbent is often subjected to intense stress caused by patient care situations involving instrument failure or failure where the ability to function calmly and competently has a direct impact on the patient. May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria).

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