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IT Biomedical Equipment Support Specialist

Location Gainesville, United States
Posted 19-May-2019
The incumbent is responsible for supporting all aspects of the Medical Equipment Management Program at the North Florida South Georgia Veterans Healthcare System. The incumbent will utilize his/her extensive knowledge of and experience with complex medical equipment systems, clinical work flow and circumstances of use, to assess risk of associated with failure, possibility of failure, need for adjustments, calibration, and maintenance to determine the need for a support strategy that ensures safety, reliability and the desire for the efficient and cost effective use of resources.

Using standard and specialized test equipment, the incumbent applies broad experience and knowledge of medical equipment technologies and knowledge of electronics, mechanics, hydraulics and Microprocessor and computer functions, and transduction principles in combination with specialized knowledge of highly complex medical equipment to determine reasons for failure or abnormal operation.

The incumbent applies knowledge and skill in the installation, removal and adjustment of electronic components and circuits, mechanical, pneumatic and hydraulic parts and assemblies and the modification of computer and network settings and parameters to resort malfunctioning equipment. The incumbent utilizes in-depth knowledge of computer hardware, software, communication protocols and standards, security, storage media to maximize the usage and functionality of integrated medical systems and networks. The incumbent utilizes and utilizes and maintains computer and server based medical equipment and databases, proprietary and generic software, and interfaces networked medical equipment to these systems. The incumbent identifies and troubleshoots issues related to VLAN configuration, IP configurations, TCP/IP protocols, HL7 messaging, DICOM standards, and network security to minimize downtime. The incumbent is familiar with access control lists (ACLs) and virtual local area networks (VLANs) and their implementation.

Work Schedule: 8:00am - 4:30pm Monday thru Friday

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 05/28/2019. To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 01/24/2019.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.c. Licensure/Certification/Registration. NoneGrandfathering 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. For employees who do not meet all the basic requirements in this standard, but who met the qualifications applicable to the position at the time they were appointed to it, the following provisions apply: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.Grade Determinations:For the GS-12 level, applicant must have at least one year of experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level.Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs). In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs:Current knowledge of computer virus protection software, available software patches and upgrades, and information security tools.Expert knowledge of electronics, computer and networking theory with experience maintaining, interfacing and troubleshooting networked medical equipment to include VLAN configuration, IP addressing, sub-netting, and network security.Ability to utilize and maintain computer and server based medical equipment, medical record databases, and proprietary and generic software, Experience with TCP/IP, HL7, networking, network security, and DICOM standards.Ability to interpret, identify, and apply network engineering principles and practices where there often times is no previous example to follow, or precedence.Skill to distinguish networking problems from non-networking problems and discuss various options with IT networking and operations staff members.References: VA Handbook 5005/95, Part II, Appendix G49, Dated February 7, 2018.

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS - 12.

Physical Requirements: Work assignments involve bench and field work, standing, bending, and remaining in cramped or awkward positions. Ability to handle equipment ranging from 5-40 lbs and occasionally weighing in excess of 40 lbs. Work assignments may also involve stooping, reaching, kneeling, couching in confined spaces and maintaining intense concentration for long periods of time under adverse conditions, such as repairing and/or calibrating life-saving equipment while it is monitoring and/or supporting the life of the patient.

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