Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration MEDICAL SUPPLY TECHNICIAN in Baltimore, Maryland

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
2 vacancies in the following locations:
  • Baltimore, MD
  • Perry Point, MD
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Friday 10/14/2016 (6 day(s) ago)

** Closes Thursday 10/20/2016 (0 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy ID: 1820288

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?

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who served our Country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your Country's service. If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA. The VA is committed to hiring Veterans.

The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.

The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define “who we are,” our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence (“I CARE”).

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This position is located in the Supply, Processing Services (SPS) Section under the Director of SPS reporting to the Chief Nurse Executive at the VA Maryland Health Care System. The position is located in the Baltimore, MD facility. The position is responsible for providing direct supply support through a variety of activities such as: decontamination, preparation, sterilization, qualify control, reusable medical equipment disinfection/sterilization to all patient wards, clinics, operating rooms, and special procedures. Major duties and responsibilities include: * Sorts and disassembles instruments and independently determines appropriate method and/or device for decontamination; * Follows established policies and manufacturer instructions for reprocessing reusable medical equipment; * Inspects instruments for cleanliness, damage, and utilizes recommended procedures for testing the functionality of instruments; Inspects packages for proper sterilization (inspects indicator tapes, wet packs, unsealed containers, etc.); * Operates various types of decontamination and sterilization equipment (i.e. washers, ultrasonic machines, cart washers, and various sterilizers); * Arranges and assembles instrument(s) for sterilant access and aseptic presentation during sterile procedures; * Packages single instruments, surgical trays and minor procedure trays using the appropriate packaging material or container; * Performs daily sterilizer efficacy and verification tests and documents results; Inventories, rotates, and restocks supplies and sterilized packages and containers on a daily basis; * Prepares individual surgical case carts with required instrumentation and surgical supplies for scheduled and emergency procedures based on procedure guides and availability of supplies; * Utilizes infection control procedures when retrieving and transporting both sterile and contaminated reusable medical equipment and devices; * Performs other related duties as assigned.

Designated Drug-Testing Position: Applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is received. Work Schedule: Monday thru Friday, 8am-4:30pm

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period
  • Background investigation may be required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959

TO QUALIFY FOR THIS POSITION AT THE GS-6 LEVEL, YOU MUST MEET ONE OF THE FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS: Experience: You must have at least one (1) full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-5) in the Federal Service that has given you the particular knowledge, skills and abilities required to successfully perform the duties of a Medical Supply Technician. Specialized experience is experience in decontaminating, preparing, assembling, high level disinfecting, sterilizing, storing, and issuing sterile reusable medical equipment and pre-sterilized consumable supplies. 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. Your work would have been assigned by a supervisor on a continuing or rotational basis and your work would have been completed independently according to accepted work procedures. Qualifying specialized experience may include work as an operating room technician or medical instrument technician where you were responsible for performing these duties. NOTE: Experience must be fully documented on your resume and must include job title; duties; month and year start/end dates AND hours worked per week.

  • OR- Education: You must have successfully completed one half year of graduate education (9 semester hours of graduate education) with course work that is related to the work of this position such as medical supply processing, storage, and distribution; sterile supplies, operating room, and surgical technician courses; or other fields directly related to the work of this position. Some areas that may be related to this field are nursing, medical technology, medicine, clinical laboratory, biological sciences, microbiology, etc. The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university. NOTE: Transcripts must be submitted with your application materials. Education cannot be credited without documentation.

  • OR- Combination: You must have equivalent combinations of successfully completed graduate-level education and specialized experience, as described above, with course work that is related to the work of this position such as decontamination, preparation, sterilization, and storage of sterile instruments, operating room, and surgical technician courses; or other fields directly related to the work of this position. Some areas that may be related to this field are nursing, medical technology, medicine, clinical laboratory, biological sciences, microbiology, etc. The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university. NOTE: Transcripts must be submitted with your application materials. Education cannot be credited without documentation.

You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:

Skill to perform all procedures necessary to identify, inspect, disassemble, clean, decontaminate, reassemble, test, prepare equipment Skills with identifying various physical characteristics and functions of flexible and rigid scopes Knowledge of aseptic technique and principles Ability to communicate effectively

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The employee's work assignment requires long periods of standing, walking, lifting, bending, stretching, and may at times be required to climb up and down a step stool in the work area. The work requires lifting instrument trays and sets weights 25 to 50 pounds on and off carts. The work requires transporting carts of supplies weighing up to 600 pounds from room into and out of cart lifts and/or elevators. Regularly during the course of the work assignment, the employee alternates between a contaminated environment and a controlled clean environment. The employee wears special protective clothing such as a gown; apron, cap, shoe covers, gloves, face mask, goggles/face shield and beard cover during the performance of their duties. The work areas by their design are compact, sometimes hot or cold. Employee is regularly exposed to heat, chemicals and noise. The employee is subject to contamination from accidental punctures, cuts, sprays, burns, chemical contact dermatitis and hazardous gas due to the nature of the work performed. The employee comes into contact with tissue and bone garments mucous body fluids and other contaminated waste products. This work requires standing and walking, each approximately 50% of the time in the process of operating equipment, arranging instrument trays equipment carts, conducting inventory of and picking up and delivery supplies; where appropriate.

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).

* 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.

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.

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: 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.

Veteran's Preference: When applying for Federal jobs, eligible veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of DD-214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.). Additionally, veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability. If the military member is within 120 days of separation and does not yet have a DD214, the member may instead submit any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.

Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, non service-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed " SF15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," (go to and required documentation with your application materials. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit

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Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive application packages (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 your 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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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently offered:

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.

The Federal Government has special excepted appointing authorities for persons with qualifying disabilities, such as Schedule A. Specific information can be found at IMPORTANT: If you would like to receive consideration as a Schedule A applicant, you must contact the Human Resources office at the facility where this position is located at (410)642-2411x6045.

Other Information

Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal 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

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. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

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.

Salary Range: $38,504.00 to $51,102.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0622-06/06

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 453152900

Job Announcement Number: ANS-17-DFo-1820288-BU