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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Medical Instrument Technician (Anesthesia) in Northport, New York

Medical Instrument Technician (Anesthesia)

Department of Veterans Affairs

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

  • ##### Open & closing dates

07/22/2019 to 08/09/2019

  • ##### Service


  • ##### Pay scale & grade

GS 00

  • ##### Salary

$34,906 to $69,645 per year

  • ##### Appointment type


  • ##### Work schedule



1 vacancy in the following location:


Northport, NY

Relocation expenses reimbursed


Telework eligible


- Duties

The MIT in Anesthesia Service, at the Northport VA Medical Center will maintain anesthesiology supplies and equipment, set-up anesthetizing locations and operate, monitor, and collect data from anesthesia related equipment. In some cases Anesthesia Technicians will perform clinical laboratory functions, equipment preventive maintenance/repair, and specialized cardiac procedures such as cardiac output measurement, intra-aortic balloon pumping, vessel cannulation, and autotransfusion services.

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The duties of the Anesthesia Technician will include but will not be strictly limited to the following: Equipment:

  • Ability to troubleshoot equipment often while patient is anesthetized.
  • Performs routine user maintenance of all anesthesia equipment as prescribed by the manufacturer and section policy.
  • Inspect all anesthesia equipment at regular intervals to ensure continued safe operation.
  • Immediately report unsafe equipment or conditions to the anesthesia staff and take corrective action as indicated.
  • Contact service representative or Bio-medical Engineering Service for repairs when indicated.
  • Cleans and calibrates all anesthesia equipment as prescribed by the manufacturer and/or service policy.

Supplies: - The ability to maintain sterility during procedures. - Maintain a clean and organized storage area for all supplies and equipment. - Order supplies as needed to maintain an acceptable inventory. - Distribute supplies to areas of use as needed and as prescribed in section policy.

Medications: - Maintain an up to date inventory of all medications used by Anesthesia Service. - Order medications from Pharmacy tat regular intervals to maintain inventory at acceptable levels. - Check inventory each month for out dated medication and return to Pharmacy for replacement. - Conduct weekly Omnicel Cycle count on controlled substances. - Report all discrepancies to supervisor or designee.

Clinical Duties:Ability to use invasive patient monitoring equipment specific to Anesthesia. - Set up and calibrate both invasive and non-invasive pressure monitoring equipment. - Properly position patients for regional anesthetic blocks (spinal, epidural, Etc.) - Set up and assist anesthesia staff performing sterile procedures such as arterial lines, central venous lines, and pulmonary artery catheters. - Assist providers with spinal and epidurals by holding the patient and getting supplies ready for the procedure and discard them in the sharps container. - Remove used equipment and supplies at the end of each case and replace with clean equipment and supplies; discard any trash left by anesthesia providers. - Knowledge and understanding of internal pressure line wave forms, including ability to recognize normal vs. abnormal, artifact from abnormality and forewarn the anesthesiologist of an impending life threatening situation. - Responsible for ordering and receiving oxygen tanks weekly, taking inventory and making sure there is enough oxygen daily. - Obtain Ambu bags for the OR from Respiratory Therapy. - Set up pressure bags for arterial lines. - Set up I.V. blood tubing making sure everything is flushed. - Assist with Arterial lines, Swan Ganz, two lumens, etc. - Assist with epidural and blocks for pain clinic. - Stock OR rooms and carts in the recovery room daily and anesthesia carts when needed. - Obtain required equipment (e.g., oxygen, IV pumps) from SICU when needed. - Assist with set up of the ultra sound machine and assist provider as required. - Complete daily inventory of medications used by anesthesia staff and replenish as required, maintaining an up to day e list of anesthesia medication inventory. - Maintain log of all anesthesia equipment that is sterilized. - Sterilize all anesthesia blades, bronchoscopes, endoscopes, LMA airway; wash and autoclave them, performing leak tests as required. - Maintain cleanliness of anesthesia workroom; wash and sterilize the sink, counters and drawers weekly. - Wipe down any equipment that needs cleaning, such as EKG leads, blood pressure cables, ETC. - Change circuits after each case and change suction. - Monitor and log daily refrigerator temperature. - Submit work orders when needed for Anesthesia or call Bio medical Engineering for any equipment that needs repair. - Contact vendor representatives regarding anesthesia equipment when needed. - Maintain inventory of supplies and request that Program Support Asst or SPD order supplies needing replenishing. - Obtain Emergency supplies from SPD when needed. - Assist with the pain blocks, helping to draw drugs. Place the blood pressure cables and pulse for monitoring the patient. Assist the Attending including entry of fluoroscopy orders via CPRS. - Set up scopes that are needed for cases. - Assist anesthesia, CRNA, students and residents with showing them where everything is kept, supplies, drugs, equipment machines such as blood warmers and bair huggers. - Accompany physicians, CRNA's to areas of the hospital where they are not familiar with. - Check rooms at the end of the day to make sure all monitors and anesthesia machines are turned off. - On a weekly timeframe change the soda sorb.

FIRST AREA OF CONSIDERATION: Permanent Facility Employees (Northport VA Medical Center employees) SECOND AREA OF CONSIDERATION: All Permanent Agency employees (VA/VHA)

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm. Compressed/Flexible: Not Available Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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0649 Medical Instrument Technician

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- Requirements
Conditions of Employment
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period
  • Subject to a background/security investigation
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 08/09/2019.

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-8. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-4 to GS-8. The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will recommend the grade and salary for new appointments. For internal selectees bring promoted, the board will determine grade and HR will determine step in accordance with policy.

Basic Requirements: Citizenship: US Citizenship Education: There are no specific educational requirements for this occupation. Licensure/Certification/Registration: There is no requirement for this occupation. However, it is strongly desirable at the GS-6 or above as evidence of possession of the essential knowledge, skills, and abilities. Certification at two distinct levels is offered by the American Society of Anesthesia Technologists and Technicians (ASATT). Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) Certification is strongly desirable. Physical Requirements: Candidates must meet the physical requirements of this position. English Language Proficiency: Medical Instrument Technicians must be proficient in spoken and written English.

Grade Determinations: For GS-4: At this level, assignments are trainee in nature. The Medical Instrument Technician Trainee is performing limited routine assignments of a developmental nature under close supervision.

Experience: At least 1 year of experience which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics related to the duties of the position. Six months of this experience may have been in medically related fields such as nursing assistant, practical nursing, or similar fields. The remaining six months must have been in operating diagnostic and therapeutic equipment covered by this occupation. Experience gained in the operation of equipment for animal diagnosis or treatment may be credited at this level; OR Education: Successful completion of two years of education above high school OR an Associate degree with a major field of study directly related to the medical instrument technician occupation.

For GS-5: Medical Instrument Technician (Trainee) at this level operates and monitors commonly used equipment performing routine procedures under normal supervision. The Technicians functions somewhat independently in carrying out these standardized procedures of limited complexity. Deviations from regular procedures, unanticipated problems, unfamiliar situations are referred to the supervisor for a decision or help. Assignments also include developmental duties involving more complex procedures designed to prepare the Technician for promotion to higher grades in the functional area.

Experience: At least 1 year of experience comparable to the GS-4 grade level which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics related to the duties of the position to be filled. This would be experience with the Operating Room equipment; OR Education: Successful completion of 4 academic years above high school leading to a bachelor's degree with courses related to the occupation, OR a bachelor's degree in a major field of study appropriate to medical instruction technician functions.

For GS-6: At least 1 year of experience comparable to the next lower grade level which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics related to the duties of the positions to be filled. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: 1. Knowledge of human anatomy and physiology (specifically cardiac and pulmonary). 2. Knowledge and application of safety and infection control processes. 3. Ability to serve as a circulating technician for supplies and to assist with documentation of hemodynamic patient data. 4. Knowledge of anesthesiology supplies and equipment appropriate to less complex anesthetic procedures, such as those found in Ambulatory Surgery.

The anesthesia technician at this level aids anesthesiologists and nurse anesthetists in less-complex anesthetic procedures such as regional anesthesia (epidural and spinal), laryngeal mask anesthesia, and monitored anesthesia care under close supervision. Technicians will exercise minimal independent judgment in anesthesia technology duties.

For GS-7: At least 1 year of experience comparable to the next lower grade level which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics related to the duties of the positions to be filled. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: 1. Knowledge of the fundamentals of standard equipment operation, calibration and function. 2. Knowledge of correct use of non-invasive patient monitoring equipment specific to anesthesiology. 3. Ability to appropriately interact with patients during anesthetic procedures. 4. Knowledge of anesthesiology supplies and equipment appropriate to routine anesthetic procedures, such as those found in typical inpatient settings.

The anesthesia technician at this level assists anesthesiologists and nurse anesthetists in routine anesthetic procedures under general supervision. The technician will connect and operate non-invasive hemodynamic monitoring equipment, blood and fluid warmers (e.g., Hot Line and Ranger) and patient warming devices (e.g., Bair Hugger). The technician will exercise moderate independent judgment in anesthesia technology duties.

For GS-8: At least 1 year of experience comparable to the next lower grade level which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics related to the duties of the positions to be filled. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: 1. Knowledge of the correct use of invasive patient monitoring equipment specific to anesthesiology. 2. Knowledge of basic electrocardiography (EKG). 3. Skill and ability to troubleshoot equipment, often while the patient is anesthetized. 4. Skill and ability to maintain sterility during procedures. 5. Knowledge and understanding of arterial pressure line wave forms including the ability to recognize and distinguish normal from abnormal, artifact from abnormality, and forewarn the physician or anesthetist of an impending life-threatening situation. 6. Knowledge of anesthesiology supplies, medications, and equipment appropriate to more difficult anesthetic procedures such as those found in inpatient settings with more acutely ill patients.

The anesthesia technician at this level assists anesthesiologists and nurse anesthetists in difficult anesthetic procedures under minimal supervision. The technician will connect and operate invasive hemodynamic monitoring equipment (e.g., arterial pressure monitors), anesthesia machines, ventilators, intubation bronchoscopes, and ultrasonic scanning devices. Technicians prepare and administer medications as directed by the attending physician. They mentor and train lower graded technicians, nurses, medical students, and anesthesia residents on anesthesia technology procedures and assist the supervisor/manager with quality control and performance improvement activities. The technician will exercise a high degree of independent judgment in anesthesia technology duties.

Creditable Experience - Knowledge of Current Medical Instrument Technician Practices. To be creditable, the experience must have required the use of knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics associated with current Medical Instrument Technician practice appropriate to anesthesia equipment.

Quality of Experience. Experience is only creditable if it is equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (as described above) and is directly related to this position.

Part Time Experience. Part time experience is credited according to its relationship to a full time work week. References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G27 (Medical Instrument Technician Qualification Standard)


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: 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:

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.

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If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your application, résumé, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.

NOTE: The Professional Standards Board (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 recommend grade and HR will determine step in accordance with policy.

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; religions; 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.

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Security clearance


Drug test required


- Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  • Resume
  • SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action

The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), etc.

  • Cover Letter
  • BCLS Certification
  • Resume
  • SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
  • Transcript

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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. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the full questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 08/09/2019 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click

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NOTE: Participation in the seasonal influenza program is a condition of employment and a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP). HCP are individuals who, during the influenza season, work in VHA locations where patients receive care or who come into contact with VA patients as part of their duties. VHA locations include, but are not limited to, VA hospitals and associated clinics, community living centers (CLCs), community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs), domiciliary units, Vet centers and VA-leased facilities. HCP include all VA licensed and unlicensed, clinical and administrative, paid and unpaid, full- and part-time employees, intermittent employees, fee basis employees, VA contractors, students, researchers, volunteers, and trainees who work at these facilities. HCPs that are unable to receive or otherwise decline a flu shot will be expected to wear a face mask throughout the influenza season.

Agency contact information
Nyny Romero

(631) 261-4400 X2714


(631) 754-7965



Northport VA Medical Center 79 Middleville Road Building 200 Northport, NY 11768 US

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