Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Lead Medical Instrument Technician (Hemodialysis) in Loma Linda, California

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Loma Linda, CA
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Thursday 10/13/2016 (7 day(s) ago)

** Closes Wednesday 11/2/2016 (13 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1823066

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?


VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to .

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.

The Professional Standards Board (PSB) (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the grade and salary at which the candidate will be placed. For Internal selectees eligible for promotion, the board will determine grade and HR will determine step in accordance with policy. The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.


The Loma Linda VA Medical Center is looking for an experienced Hemodialysis Technician who has attained the training and experience needed for operating and monitoring diagnostic and therapeutic medical instruments and equipment associated with the renal system (kidneys) and the principles of dialysis. This technician will be responsible for components of machine operation and maintenance, water treatment, and instructing precepts and newly hired dialysis staff in machine-based and water treatment-based technical policies and standard operating procedures. Technical certification is desired.

The Lead Medical Instrument Technician Operates diagnostic and therapeutic medical instruments and equipment as part of the treatment of kidney failure. Responsible for the routine maintenance, troubleshooting and disinfection of equipment, dialysis water distribution system quality monitoring, restocking of supplies and preparation of dialysate concentrates for dialysis procedures. Ensures proper cleaning and/or sterilization of dialysis equipment and Dialysis Water Treatment System. Monitors water treatment systems in the Dialysis Unit, as well as portable reverse osmosis (RO) units and/or Deionized (DI) Units to ensure that water is within established quality standards and reports all deviations. Ensures that all equipment including water treatment systems and dialysis related machinery are safe and operational. Analyzes deviations from expected normal and standards, determines whether the deviations are machine or patient related, responds accordingly to the data and investigative findings, and reports to appropriate members of the Dialysis Team. Works with Biomedical Engineering to ensure equipment is within operational standards. Assists with the development and maintenance of water quality monitors and documentation based on American Association of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) Standards, Joint Commission Standards, Federal Drug Administration (FDA), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and Veterans Health Administration (VHA) regulations. Keeps accurate log records of all machine maintenance and repairs, submits monthly water quality reports following AAMI Standards to the Dialysis Program Committee and the Chief, Biomedical Engineering, and attends renal multidisciplinary quality assurance and performance improvement meetings. Participates in the Dialysis Unit's QI meetings and reports on the machine maintenance and water quality testing results. Writes, revises or updates policies and procedures related to water quality testing, hemodialysis machine functioning and water treatment equipment- all are verified by Nurse Manager. Performs or supervises routine housekeeping duties to assure the dialysis treatment area is clean and sanitary. Performs other duties as assigned.

Work Schedule:Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. work schedule, but schedule may be adjusted to cover evenings, weekend and/or holidays.

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • You must be a US citizen to apply for this job.
  • Subject to a security background/suitability investigation.
  • Must pass pre-employment physical examination or PPD/TB Skin test.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
  • This position requires candidates to be proficient in English.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

Experience:At least 1 year of experience comparable to the next lower grade level, which is directly related to the duties of the position to be filled, and must fully meet the KSAs at that level. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs and the potential to acquire the assignment specific KSAs designated by an asterisk (*):

Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities.KSAs 1,2, and 3 are appropriate for all positions at this level. KSAs 4 and 5 are to be used in accordance with their appropriateness for the specific assignment.

  1. Knowledge of the more complex examination and treatment procedures and techniques such as those provided for acutely ill patients and peritoneal dialysis in order to provide training and supervision in these procedures.
    • Knowledge of JCAHO and other regulatory requirements.
  2. Ability to communicate effectively and professionally with employees at varying grade levels.
    • Ability to manage and supervise employees.
    • Ability to provide, or provide for, staff development and training.

Certification: Certification by one of the following organizations is highly desirable at this level: Nephrology Certification Commission (NNCC), Board of Nephrology Examiners, Inc., Nursing and Technology (BONENT), National Nephrology Certification Organization (NNCO), and the International Certification Commission for Clinical Engineering and Biomedical Technology (ICC) in conjunction with the United States Certification Commission (USCC). Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certifications are also desirable for employees at this level.

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; religious; 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.

Physical Requirements:MIT Functional Requirements: heavy lifting (45 lbs, and over); moderate carrying (15 - 44 lbs.); pushing; repeated bending; both legs required; ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; near vision correctable at 13" to 16"; both eyes required; depth perception; hearing aid (permitted); far vision correctable in one eyes to 20/50 and 20/100 in the other.

RATING/RANKING PROCEDURES:Applicants who meet the qualification AND basic requirement will be further evaluated by determining the extent to which their work or related experience, education, training, etc., indicate they possess the Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at .

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

APPLICANTS PLEASE 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 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. **

Veterans Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), or 10pt (CP/CPS, XPP, XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP), on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section(s) provided. Submit a legible copy of your DD 214(s) indicating character of service and the dates of service or if you are currently serving on active duty and expected to be released or discharged within 120 days; documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation. Documentation is required for eligibility verification.

Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please visit

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Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive your complete application package (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 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.

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Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life. For more information please visit us at

Other Information

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. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees 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.

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

Salary Range: $54,664.00 to $71,058.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0649-09/09

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 453097300

Job Announcement Number: LL-17-COl-T38H-1823066