Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Biomedical Engineer in Glendale, Colorado
The Biomedical Engineer (BME) for the Rocky Mountain Network (VISN 19) provides professional engineering and relevant information technology support to the Healthcare Technology Management (HTM) Program and/or appropriate national workgroups commissioned by the Office of Healthcare Technology Management, while supporting the VA's mission and VISN 19 HTM goals while operating in accordance with VISN policies, national biomedical policies, and standards of professional service.
Conditions of Employment
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. English Language Proficiency. Biomedical Engineers must be proficient in spoken and written English. Education and/or Experience. The individual must meet either item (1) or (2) below to meet this requirement: (1) 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. OR, (2) Certification as a Certified Clinical Engineer (CCE) and a bachelor's degree not listed in item 3.b.(1) above. 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).Grandfathering Provision. All persons employed in VHA in this occupation, 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, and/or certification/registration that are 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: (1) Such employees in an occupation that does not require a certification/registration, may be reassigned, promoted, or demoted within the occupation. (2) Employees who are appointed on a temporary basis, prior to the effective date of the qualification standard, may not have their temporary appointment extended, or be reappointed on a temporary, or permanent basis, until they fully meet the basic requirements of the standard. (3) Employees initially grandfathered into this occupation, who subsequently obtain additional education and/or certification/registration, that meet all the basic requirements of this qualification standard, must maintain the required credentials as a condition of employment in the occupation. (4) If an employee, who was retained in an occupation listed in 38 U.S.C. § 7401(3) under this provision, leaves that occupation, the employee loses protected status, and must meet the full VA qualification standard requirements in effect at the time of reentry to the occupation. 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). GS-13 (a) Experience. Completion of at least one year of experience equivalent to the next lower level (GS-12), and must fully meet the KSAs at that level.(b) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs and potential to acquire the assignment specific KSAs designated by an asterisk (*): Biomedical Engineer (Clinical): : Ability to implement and/or sustain an equipment management or biomedical research program that meets The Joint Commission (TJC), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), or other applicable regulatory requirements. Ability to develop material for a continuing education program for clinical or research staff, that address the principles and application of medical technology, and/or biomedical theory used in healthcare. Ability to advise staff on emerging medical technology, or research procedures, while keeping abreast of changes in such technology, and utilizing the information to solve biomedical engineering problems. Knowledge of basic project management principles, as applied to the healthcare setting and medical equipment, and information system implementation. Ability to conduct capital asset and infrastructure planning for medical equipment spanning initial concept, installation, and effective implementation of complex medical equipment. *Knowledge and capacity to support the most complex and specialized clinical technology including service, system administration, training, and quality assurance. Knowledge of, and the ability to interpret and apply complex codes, regulations, guidelines, and standards associated with the biomedical engineering field. Ability to develop and implement policies that are consistent with organizational objectives. Ability to communicate and work collaboratively with key stakeholders, including technical and professional staff at various levels of the organization. Preferred Experience: References: VA Handbook 5005/104 PART II APPENDIX G38 II-G38 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13. . Physical Requirements: Majority of work is primarily sedentary, although some physical effort may be required, e.g., walking standing, carrying light items or driving or traveling by motor vehicle. Occasionally, work will involve prolonged periods of standing and walking, cramped, and awkward positions. The incumbent will often work under conditions of stress caused by the nature of the medical mission, which involves the well being of patient and the necessity to meet deadlines.