Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Biomedical Engineer TCF Intern in Fort Wayne, Indiana
Summary The Technical Career Field (TCF) is a national workforce development program within VHA that was designed to replenish technical staff in critically identified positions. Responsibilities The Technical Career Field (TCF) is a national workforce development program within VHA that was designed to replenish technical staff in critically identified positions. The TCF career fields represent those technical fields where VA-specific knowledge and experience is desirable for success in the field. Individuals selected follow a formal training plan for two years during which they are trained, coached, and supervised by a preceptor. Preceptors are selected annually, through an extensive application process, for their technical expertise, their commitment to training and the suitability of their facility as a training location. Selectees will be required to sign Mobility, Training, and Continued Service Agreement. The TCF is expected to move after month 18. The only exceptions are, if the training facility has an open position that the TCF qualifies for at the 18 month mark. This is a developmental position leading from a GS-7 level, performing assignments intended to broaden skills and provide practical experience leading to progressively more complex assignments performed under progressively less supervision. You will ultimately acquire the background necessary to perform at the full performance level of GS-12. The selectee may be promoted to the full performance level without further competition when all regulatory, qualification, and performance requirements are met. Selection at a lower grade level does not guarantee promotion to the full performance level. Trainees must remain in hiring grade for one year prior to being promoted, even if the individual meets qualification/time-in-grade requirements for a higher grade prior to one year. Promotion is at the discretion of the supervisor and is contingent upon satisfactory performance, availability of higher level work, and availability of funds. This is a multi-level training position for a Biomedical Engineer for VA Northern Indiana Health Care System (NIHCS). The incumbent will be in a developmental status that is somewhat self-directed. The Chief Biomedical Engineer will be the Preceptor during the training period. They will, in collaboration with the Chief Biomedical Engineer, achieve assigned professional development objectives that supplement the required core objectives required to fulfill requirements for the Biomedical Engineering Technical Career Field Program (TCF). The Trainee will complete these objectives to the satisfaction of the Supervisory Biomedical Engineer. Duties include but are not limited to the following: Using basic engineering principles, the incumbent may provide some professional, biomedical services for the institution, insofar as these services do not interfere with the attainment of objectives. Assignments require judgment in adapting practices and techniques to specific situations usually through a series of related processes. He/She must use resourcefulness and imitative in independently planning the details for the accomplishment of assignments. A personal plan for learning and continued professional development must be continually developed that will ultimately be approved by the Chief Biomedical Engineer. The supervisor will provide specific guidance, as requested, by the trainee. The incumbent must be able to learn new technology, identify trends, and have the ability to communicate this information to both clinical and technical staff. He/She must be able to utilized this information to solve biomedical engineering problems. Presentations may require written and oral communication as well as preparation of technical, informational, analytical, and graphical documentation. Research and biomedical engineering project management assistance are expected of the incumbent. The incumbent must have knowledge of organizational concepts and an understanding of operational needs. Attendance is expected at training conferences and meetings included in the requirements for the TCF program, as well as facility or VISN level meetings. Duties or projects typically include facility based work, and may include VISN or National Health care Technology Management (HTM) projects. The trainee is under the direct supervision of the Chief Biomedical Engineer. In the absence of the Supervisory Biomedical Engineer Manager, the trainee will report to the most senior Biomedical Engineer or a designated staff member. The incumbent will receive most assignments and major objective from the supervisor, in addition to activities that are self-directed. Incumbent determines approaches and solutions and completes assignment with guidance from supervisor as needed. Supervisor reviews complete work for overall technical adequacy and conformance with the objectives of the assignment. Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications Work Schedule: The tour of duty for this position is typically, Monday thru Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm. (Schedule may change based on the needs of the service). Additional information may be provided during interview process. Compressed/Flexible Schedule: Not Available Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement: Biomedical Engineer/#000000 Service Line: Biomedical Engineering Service Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Drug Testing: All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a drug 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 the VA. In addition, any offer of employment will be rescinded with a verified positive drug test. VA employees in drug testing designated positions are also subject to post appointment random drug testing. Physical Requirements. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019. 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. This position is being posted at the GS-07/09 grade level. This is a developmental position leading to a GS-12, performing assignments intended to broaden skills and provide practical experience leading to progressively more complex assignments performed under progressively less supervision. You will ultimately acquire the background necessary to perform at the full performance level of GS-12. Promotion is at the discretion of the supervisor and is contingent upon satisfactory performance, availability of higher level work, and availability of funds. BASIC REQUIREMENTS: Please review the basic requirements under the education and additional information sections below. All grades must meet the basic Requirements to be eligible at any grade. Specific grade determinations are listed below. Citizenship. [Be] a citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with [VA Handbook 5005, Part II,] chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3.g.) English Language Proficiency. Biomedical Engineers must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with chapter 2, section D, paragraph 5a, this part. Education and/or Experience. Bachelor's Degree or Higher in Engineering. To be creditable, the curriculum must be from a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), as a professional engineering curriculum. Examples of acceptable engineering degrees include: Biomedical Engineering, Clinical Engineering, Bioengineering, Biomechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Biochemical Engineering. Titles may vary from educational institutions and change over time. Note: Copy College Transcripts Required OR, Certification as a Certified Clinical Engineer (CCE) and a bachelor's degree not listed in item above. Note: Copy Certification as Certified Engineer (CCE) and College Transcripts Required GRADE REQUIREMENTS: Grade Determinations. In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following education and experience criteria must be met when determining the appropriated grade assignment of candidates: Biomedical Engineer, GS-7 Entry Level (TCF Trainee) Experience. None beyond the basic requirements. Education. Minimum of a Bachelor's Degree in Biomedical Engineering or related engineering field as outlined in basic requirements section above, or CCE certification with at least a Bachelor's Degree not listed in basic requirement section above. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs). None beyond the basic requirements. NOTE: Your experience must be detailed in your résumé to receive full credit. Biomedical Engineer, GS-9 Developmental Level 1 (TCF Trainee) Experience. At least one year of specialized experience as (Clinical Engineer) equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-07). OR, Education: Master's of Science Degree in Biomedical Engineering, or a related engineering field of study. OR, Bachelor's degree plus two full years of progressively higher level graduate education in a related field of study, provided the applicant's total background demonstrates the KSAs for the GS-9 level assignment. Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: Knowledge of the principles, theories, concepts, and practices of the Biomedical Engineering profession. Ability to interpret relevant codes, regulations, guidelines, and standards, and make recommendations to ensure compliance with medical center programs. Ability to understand the operational needs of clinical services in the health care system. Ability to prepare material on current technical topics and trends, for presentation to other technical staff and mid-level hospital management, and the ability to keep abreast of changes in technology. NOTE: Your experience must be detailed in your résumé to receive full credit. References: VA Handbook 5005/104; Part II; Appendix G38. Biomedical Engineer Qualification Standard, GS-0858. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-07 or GS-09 level. 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. Additional Information This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment. This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. 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. 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. If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.