Biomedical Engineer
Department Of Veterans Affairs - Boston, MA

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Service: Clinical Engineering

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 895175

OUR MISSION : To fulfill President Lincoln's promise - "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans.

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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.

Who May Apply:
Open to all U.S. Citizens


Must pass pre-employment examination
Must be proficient in written and spoken English
Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required

Background and-or Security Investigation required DUTIES:
With the Chief Clinical Eng. (CCE) and Clinical Engineer/GS-13 (CE), the Clinical Engineer is responsible for the hospital-wide Clinical Engineering Program serving all Services throughout multiple Medical Centers, their state of the art, modern outpatient clinics, Home Based Health Care and Research. He/She serves as a consultant to the CCE and CE and is administratively under the CE. He/she implements new programs and projects affecting the department. He/She is extensively involved in Quality Assurance and Continuous Quality Management. The incumbent organizes projects of broad scope and objectives that effect many levels of medical and administrative staff. Typically, the assignment entails a number of variables for which precedent data, criteria, methods or techniques are significantly inadequate, are controversial or contain critical gaps. Projects involve forming several subsidiary projects or phases which may be resolved separately by the Clinical Engineering staff, but which must be integrated into the whole. The Clinical Engineer is responsible for developing and improving complex medical equipment systems by working closely with the Project Engineering staff in developing performance specifications, safety specifications, and Human Factors Engineering specifications, as well as helping the Chief Clinical Engineer in establishing installation, and maintenance procedures. He/She develops policies and guidelines for the installation, maintenance and electrical safety of a wide variety of equipment systems. He/She helps implement preventative maintenance programs for all medical equipment. He/She will be responsible for implementing new Clinical Engineering computer software. The incumbent will be responsible for organizing and implementing all necessary training associated with software updates. He/She will also be responsible for upgrading PC software that will be utilized by the department, especially those that will be used in the diagnosis of state of the art medical and computer equipment. The Clinical Engineer is expected to analyze and improve on multidisciplinary procedures. He/She is responsible for compliance with the Safe Medical Device Act as it affects Clinical Engineering, and will act as the technical liaison to the administration for Clinical Engineering on issues involving the Safe Medical Device Act. These responsibilities include investigations of accidents as well as complying with the reporting requirements of the Food and Drug Administration. He/She is also responsible for establishing policies, procedures and standards for all other proposed standards that effect medical equipment. He/She is responsible for modifying existing and developing new policies and procedures to meet new or changing requirements. The incumbent is also responsible for all medical device alerts and hazard recalls. He/She will manage the medical device alert databases, as well as implement the necessary action to comply with the alerts. A more detailed description of this position is available in the Human Resources Management Service.
WORK SCHEDULE: Full-time, Monday thru Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm.
NOTE: This position is an AFGE Bargaining Unit position.
NOTE: This position is covered by locality-based comparability pay.
NOTE: Travel and relocation expenses are not authorized.
NOTE: Selectee may be required to work at any Boston Healthcare System campus, as needed.
NOTE: Candidates who meet the qualification requirements within 15 calendar days following the closing date of the announcement will be considered.
NOTE: Incomplete applications will not be considered.
NOTE: Time-in-grade (TIG) restrictions remain in effect. The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has determined that it will not eliminate TIG restrictions from its regulations at this time.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: (From the OPM Qualification Standards Operating Manual) One year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level.

(1) Bachelor’s degree: Professional engineering. To be acceptable, the curriculum must:
[a] Be in a school of engineering with at least 1 curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum; OR,
[b] Include differential and integral calculus, and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in 5 of the following 7 areas of engineering science or physics:
[1] statics and/or dynamics;
[2] strength of materials (stress-strain relationships);
[3] fluid mechanics and/or hydraulics;
[4] thermodynamics;
[5] electrical fields and circuits;
[6] nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); or
[7] any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.


(2) Combination of education and experience: College-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished: [a] a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional engineering; and [b] a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to 1 of the branches of engineering. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by 1 of the following:

1. Professional registration: Current registration as a professional engineer by any State, Territory, Commonwealth of the United States (e.g., Puerto Rico), or the District of Columbia. Absent other means of qualifying under this standard, those applicants who achieved such registration by means other than a written test (e.g., State grandfather or eminence provisions) are eligible only for positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of their registration. For example, an applicant who attains registration through a State board's eminence provision as a manufacturing engineer typically would not be rated eligible for biomedical engineering positions.

2. Written Test: Evidence of having successfully passed the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) examination, or the written test required for professional registration, which is administered by the Boards of Engineering Examiners of a State, Territory, Commonwealth of the United States (e.g., Puerto Rico), or the District of Columbia.

Applicants who have passed the EIT examination and have completed all the requirements for either [a] a bachelor's degree in engineering technology (BET) from an accredited college of university that included 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences, OR, [b] a BET from a program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) may be rated eligible for certain engineering positions at GS-5. Eligibility is limited to positions that are within, or closely related to, the specialty field of the engineering technology program. Applicants for positions that involve highly technical research, development, or similar functions requiring an advanced level of competence in basic science must meet the basic requirements in paragraph 2.b.(1).

Because of the diversity in kind and quality of BET programs, graduates of other BET programs are required to complete at least 1 year of additional education or highly technical work experience of such nature as to provide reasonable assurance of the possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for professional engineering competence. The adequacy of this background must be demonstrated by passing the EIT examination.

3. Specified academic courses: Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and in engineering that included the courses specified in the basic requirements. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of a professional engineering curriculum as described in paragraph 2.b(1).

4. Related curriculum . Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or in an appropriate professional field, e.g., physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a degree in engineering, provided the applicant has had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. Ordinarily, there should be either an established plan of intensive training to develop professional engineering competence, or several years of prior professional engineering-type experience, e.g., in interdisciplinary positions. (The above examples of related curricula are not all-inclusive.)

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 level in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is defined as experience as a biomedical engineer with an understanding of complex and specialized medical device systems including service, system administration, training and quality assurance in a health care environment.


1. Knowledge of a wide array of current medical device systems
2. Ability to conduct an equipment management program that meets current JCAHO and NFPA requirements.
3. Ability to develop a curriculum for a continuing education program that addresses the safe and effective use of medical equipment and/or technology.
4. Ability to manage a recall and safety alert program for medical devices including medical device hazard investigations to assure compliance with patient safety goals, SMDA, and JCAHO requirements.
5. Skill in advising clinical and administrative staff on medical engineering technology, including existing and emerging technology and which addresses viability, long-term suitability, compatibility, and/or safety.
6. Ability to analyze organizational and operational problems and recommend timely and economical solutions involving medical equipment spanning initial concept, installation, and effective implementation of complex medical equipment.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must be physically able to perform the duties of the position. The basis on which agencies may establish specific medical standards or physical requirements is discussed in 5 CFR 339. A physical condition or impairment may be disqualifying for employment only if there is a direct relationship between the condition and the nature of the duties of the specific position being filled.


PLEASE NOTE: 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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: Al l education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. 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.
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