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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Medical Instrument Technologist (Diagnostic Ultrasound) in Saginaw, Michigan


This is an external job announcement. Current permanent Aleda E. Lutz employees, current permanent VA employees from another facility, and current permanent employees from another Federal Agency MUST apply under the INTERNAL announcement, CBSR-11008094-21-JM unless applying by using Veteran Preference. All applicants applying under this external announcement will be subject to Veterans' preference.


Performs a variety of diagnostic ultrasound examinations, which include general abdominal ultrasound, small parts, and vascular. Reviews patient prior studies to obtain additional information to assist in a more thorough exam. Utilizes the patient's chart for pertinent past reports-including nursing, and Provider notes. Questions the patient for symptoms, previous exams, surgeries or conditions that would assist the Radiologist in the diagnostic process. Duties include but are not limited to: The incumbent has the ability to perform ultrasound examinations which include but are not limited to, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, spleen, kidneys, aorta, breasts, surface scans, thyroids, pelvic, scrotums and ascities interrogation, etc. The incumbent has the ability to perform vascular ultrasounds which include venous studies for insufficiency, venous studies for deep venous thrombosis, arterial studies to check on Peripheral Vascular Disease, carotid artery studies, etc. Coordinates scheduling of ultrasound examinations, and screens requests for proper clinical history and pertinent data. Ensures that examinations are performed in the proper sequence, such as barium examinations, which hinder their performance of an ultrasound examination, are not performed prior to an ultrasound examination. Skilled in anatomy and physiology, such as the position, shape, size, and function of the many major systems, including the urinary, vascular, digestive, respiratory, circulatory, etc.; as they relate to the examination requested. Thorough working knowledge of ultrasound equipment operation and care, which includes sensitivity and output adjustments of the instruments; to ensure proper imaging and physical principles of sound generation and transmission characteristics, such as A-mode, M-mode and color doppler. Also, knowledge of methods of signal processing, in order to select appropriate transducer for tissue being Work schedule: 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM (Monday through Friday).

Compressed/Flexible Schedule: Not Available.

Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required.

Virtual: This is not a virtual position.

Functional Statement Title: Medical Instrument Technologist (Diagnostic Ultrasound)

Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized.


Conditions of Employment


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 03/10/2021. 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. Education. There are no specific educational requirements for this occupation. Education may be substituted for experience only at the GS-4 and GS-5 levels. See the grade requirements part of this standard for information regarding educational substitutions. Licensure or Certification. Licensure or Certification is not required for this occupation; however, it is strongly desirable at GS-6 or above as evidence of possession of the essential knowledge, skills, and abilities. For certain functional areas at the higher levels or supervisory assignments, specific certifications appropriate to the specialty are indicated in this standard under "Titles and Certification/Registrations". For all specialties identified in this standard, Basic and Advanced Cardiac Life Support certifications are desirable. Training which does not result in official certification does not meet this definition. English Language Proficiency. Medical Instrument Technicians must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with chapter 2, section D, paragraph 5a, this part. Grade Determinations: GS-8 Experience. At least 1 year of experience comparable to the next lower grade (GS-7) level which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics related to the duties of the positions to be filled. Example of specialized experience includes: performs complex, standardized procedures independently. They have the knowledge to alter procedures, equipment settings, transducers used, etc., to accommodate patient needs and still produce a quality image for diagnostic purposes. They will also be required to assist with the performance of more complicated procedures and non-standardized procedures in a developmental capacity. Additionally, you will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Please make sure that each is addressed in your application package. GS-7 1. Ability to set up and adjust the ultrasound equipment to meet the conditions of the examination and the

patient and to operate the equipment for more complex, but standardized procedures.

  1. Knowledge of zoom, expansion, prospectus, color Doppler, and pulsed echo Doppler.

  2. Knowledge of the digital transmission of images.

  3. Ability to alter standard, but complex procedures and protocols to meet patient needs and physical

limitations. GS-8 1. Ability to perform diagnostic ultrasound examination on multiple areas of the body, including, but not limited to, the abdomen, pelvis, transvaginal, chest, small parts, thyroid, breast, and scrotum.

  1. Ability to perform vascular studies such as vertebral, renal artery, aortic aneurysm, portal-systemic

shunts, etc.

  1. Ability to assist radiologists with biopsy procedures determining the location, depth, and required

needle angle for the lesion to be sampled.

  1. Ability to assist in surgical procedures and fluid aspirations. References: VA Regulations, specifically, VA Handbook 5005, Part II Appendix G27, Medical Instrument Technician Qualification Standard. Physical Requirements: a. This position requires sitting, walking, standing, stretching, bending, and carrying light to medium weight items. Positions may be maintained for short periods of time.

b. Exposure to meeting with employees and external contacts who may be angry and/or upset. May observe patient suffering.

c. Ability to read printed material, such as reports and Standard Operating Procedures.

d. Ability to view information on computer screens and in CPRS orders.

e. Ability to accurately perceive depth so as to move around work space safely.

f. Ability to adapt to successfully perform in high stress environments with constant interruptions, emergent/critical/unusual situations, high volume urgency of issues, and interactions with a wide variety of professionals and personalities.

g. Ability to work alone and perform a variety of duties, changing one task to another without loss of efficiency or composure, and consistently meet department work schedule demands, including documentation and participation in workgroup, committees, etc.

h. Ability to read printed material, gauges, computer monitor, and distinguish colors, such as color doppler or reading doctor's orders and visualizing the hue of patient's skin, wounds, etc.

i. This position exposes the employee to constant noise and to limited ionizing radiation. The employee works in an area where ionizing radiation is utilized for patient care. Dosimeters are assigned to track occupational dose. Also works with patients that have potentially been dosed with a radio-isotope for Nuclear Medicine procedures. Proper training for PPE use and dosimeter monitoring are requirements of this position. 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-8 to GS-8.


There is no educational substitution for this position.

Additional Information

Note: Must have Basic Life Support (BLS) certification prior to assuming clinical duties. The BLS requirement is satisfied by successfully completing an American Heart Association (AHA) BLS Healthcare Provider Course or Military Training Network (MTN). BLS courses are normally offered within 1-5 days of entry on duty. No online certifications will be accepted. VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. This position may be eligible for telework. Receiving Service Credit or Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed. 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. The Medical Center is smoke free in all areas.