Health Technician

Veterans Health Administration - Department of Veterans Affairs

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement. You must meet the following to qualify at the GS-06 level:
Specialized Experience GS-06 – One year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-05 grade level in the federal service); experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities (KSA’s) and other characteristics to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled, in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Specialized experience includes: Experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties as a Health Technician (Orthotic/Prosthetic Care), such as providing direct patient care by rendering fitting of prefabricated orthotic and prosthetic devices; completion of appropriate forms and referral, data collection, and determine legal eligibility and medical entitlement. This experience must be supported by your resume to be creditable. OR,
Substitute education for experience – To qualify, applicant must have successfully completed a half year (9 credits) of graduate education or completed an internship directly related to the position. If education is used to meet specialized experience requirements, then such education must include courses directly related to the work of the position. (Transcripts required) OR,
Combination of experience and education – Equivalent combination of education (beyond the undergraduate education, if related) and specialized experience as described above. This education and experience must have provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities to do the work of the position. (Transcripts required) You must meet the following to qualify at the GS-07 level:
Specialized experience – One year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-6 grade level in the federal service); experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities (KSA’s) and other characteristics to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled, in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Specialized experience includes: Experience as a Orthotic Fitter, the skillset required to function successfully is extremely unique and complex; experience in fitting orthotic softgoods; ability to identify human anatomy and landmarks; communicate the basic biomechanics of different devices and how they are applicable to conditions being treated; select the appropriate softgood products based on materials, designs, and medical conditions; Don/doff various softgood products and make basic adjustments; and analyze basic gait deviation. OR experience as a Fabricator; apply knowledge and clinical application of the following to fabricate, adjust, and repair artificial limbs and orthopedic braces; knowledge of human anatomy and landmarks; knowledge of biomechanics of different prosthetic & orthotic components and how to install the components; knowledge of material science and selection; experience with Prosthetic/Orthotic designs, product selection, product platforming; using CAD/CAM fabrication,3-D printing fabrication techniques; performing gait analysis. OR,
Substitute education for experience – To qualify, applicant must have successfully completed one full year of graduate education or completed an internship directly related to the position. If education is used to meet specialized experience requirements, then such education must include courses directly related to the work of the position. (Transcripts required) OR,
Combination of experience and education: Equivalent combination of education (beyond the first 9 graduate level credits, if related) and specialized experience as described above. This education and experience must have provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities to do the work of the position. (Transcripts required) 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.
The incumbent works within the Prosthetic and Prosthetic & Sensory Aids Service at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center. This position is organizationally referred to as an “Orthotic Fitter” or “Prosthetics/Orthotic Technician” and serves as a subject matter expert to fit various orthotic soft-good devices, off-the-shelf braces, arch supports, and therapeutic/custom footwear, fabricating prosthetic/orthotic devices, and will be responsible for overall services of the fitting room area.