Biomedical Equipment Support Specialist (Biomedical Information Systems)

Veterans Health Administration - Department of Veterans Affairs

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. 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. English Language Proficiency. Biomedical Equipment Support Specialist appointed under authority 38 U.S.C. chapters 73 or 74 serving in a direct patient-care capacity must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA policy. 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 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. Grade Determinations: GS-12 Experience. At least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level as demonstrated by: life-cycle management of diagnostic, therapeutic, and other patient related medical equipment and systems. Installation, maintenance, modification, troubleshooting and calibration of complex therapeutic, diagnostic and life support biomedical equipment. Monitoring system backups, file integrity, ensuring network connectivity between systems, servers, databases, and the electronic medical record. Discussing contract requirements and concerns with the architect/engineer and contractor; identifying the site requirements, preparing cost analysis and justifications, preparing site plans and progress reports. Investigates equipment incidents and alerts, cases of equipment damage and abuse, equipment failure reports that cannot be duplicated and medical device security incidents. 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 2005/95, Part II, Appendix G49 Physical Requirements: Performance of the incumbent’s duties can be physically demanding involving walking, sitting, some standing, working in cramped and awkward positions for prolonged periods of time, performance of precise procedures requiring good hand-eye coordination, and long periods of intense concentration. Lifting of objects between l 0 and 50 pounds is common, and on occasion lifting of objects heavier than 50 pounds is necessary. Trips to satellite outpatient clinics are sometimes necessary and will involve transportation via station vehicle.
The Atlanta VA Medical Center currently has 4 openings for Biomedical Equipment Support Specialist (BESS) (Biomedical Information Systems): 2 permanent and 2 temporary.