Supervisory Biomedical Engineer, GS-0858-13
Indian Health Service - Albuquerque, NM

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As a Supervisory Biomedical Engineer in the Office of Environmental Health and Engineer, Division of Health Facilities, you will direct the Biomedical/Clinical Engineering Program for the entire Albuquerque Area Indian Health Service.

Who may apply:
Any U.S. Citizen (DE)

Excepted Service Examining Plan Candidates (ESEP) - Indian Preference

Merit Promotion Plan Candidates (MPP)

Veteran's Preference including Veterans Employment Opportunity Act Candidates (VEOA)

Commissioned Corps Officers: The USPHS Commissioned Corps Officers who wish to apply for this vacancy announcement must submit a resume and all other documents specified in this announcement.

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The Indian Health Service is required by law to give absolute preference to qualified Indian applicants and employees who are qualified and suitable for Federal employment. The Indian Health Service (IHS) by law is committed to affording employment preference to American Indian and Alaska Native candidates who meet the Secretary of the Interior's definition of Indian for appointment to vacancies within the IHS in accordance with established IHS policy as outlined in the Indian Health Manual Part 7, Chapter 3. In other than the above, the Indian Health Service is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Additional selections of candidates may be possible within 90 days from the date the certificate of eligibles was issued for this announcement, for filling additional or similar positions. However if there are no qualified Indian Preference candidates on the Certificate the vacancy must be reannounced.

IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENT - In accordance with the IHS Employee Immunization policy, selectee will be required to be immunized against measles and rubella by providing documentation/proof of immunity to measles and rubella prior to entrance on duty. Exceptions are persons born before 1957 who are not required to take the measles vaccine or provide proof of immunity. Special consideration may be allowed to individuals who are allergic to a component of vaccine or have a history of severe reaction to a vaccine or who are currently pregnant. This applies to candidates for positions in any Service Unit or any Area Office position which requires regular work at a Service Unit.

If you are selected for this vacancy, you must undergo a fingerprint check. Fingerprint results must be cleared prior to hire. You will receive instructions on how to obtain and submit fingerprints.

After you begin your employment, your continued employment is contingent upon the outcome of a complete background investigation as determined by the sensitivity level of your position.

The investigation must find that you are suitable for Federal employment in your position. If you are found not suitable, you will be terminated after you begin work. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or subject to possible criminal charges.

Relocation expenses are authorized and will be paid. You will be required to sign a one-year service agreement. Failure to fulfill the one year service agreement may result in repayment of relocation expenses.

Incumbent is subject to call back and/or standby work.


U.S. Citizenship
Suitability for Federal employment determined by background investigation
May be required to serve a one-year supervisory probationary period
Relocation expenses will be paid
As part of the pre-employment process, fingerprint checks are required
IHS - Operated Properties are tobacco free DUTIES: Back to top

Oversee the entire Biomedical/Clinical Engineering Program.
Ensure compliance with accreditation requirements of the medical equipment program and related building utility standards.
Prepare technical reports and papers on complex biomedical/clinical engineering matters.
Prepare routine status reports of program activities.
Perform hands-on functions and repairs of medical equipment.
Calibrate a variety of medical/dental equipment consisting of multiple sub-systems and components.
Serve as Contracting Officer's Representative for equipment service contracts.
Supervise subordinate staff. QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: Back to top

Applicants must possess the Basic Requirements and Specialized Experience to quality for this position.

Basic Requirement:
Applicants must meet ONE of the following criteria:
A. I have a bachelor's or higher degree in professional engineering from an ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) accredited school.

B. I have a bachelor's or higher degree in professional engineering. The curriculum included differential and integral calculus and courses (beyond first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.

C. I am currently registered as a professional engineer by a state in the U.S., the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. I also have college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering.

D. I have completed all the requirements for either (a) a bachelor's degree in engineering technology (ABET) from an accredited college or university that included 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences, or (b) a ABET from a program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET); and I have successfully passed the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) examination, or the written test required for professional registration, that is administered by the Boards of Engineering Examiners in the various states, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico.

E. I have a combination of at least 4 years of college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that included successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences, including the courses listed in paragraph B above. The courses are fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of a professional engineering curriculum.

F. I have a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or in an appropriate professional field (for example, physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology); and I have at least one full year of professional engineering experience equivalent to the GS-5 grade level that was acquired under a professional training program or under professional engineering supervision and guidance (submit documentation to support your eligibility under this criteria).


One year of professional environmental engineering experience, equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service, overseeing an environmental program in a medical environment; ensuring compliance with accreditation requirements of a medical equipment program and related building utility standards; calibrating a variety of medical and dental equipment; consulting with unit personnel in providing biomedical engineering advisory services; developing a comprehensive environmental program; establishing guidelines and procedures for implementation of biomedical equipment controls; and preparing technical report and papers on highly complex biomedical/clinical engineering matters.

Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program. For further information, click on foreign education .

Applicants must submit college transcripts to verify basic education requirements. Failure to submit transcripts will result in an ineligible rating.

Candidates must meet time-after-competitive appointment, time-in-grade (if applicable), qualifications requirements, licensure requirements, performance requirements, citizenship and suitability requirements, and any other eligibility requirements within 30 days of the closing date of the vacancy announcement. HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Once the application process is complete, a review of resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility. You are responsible for the accuracy of your application package.

For Competitive Applicants/All U.S. Citizens: Will be evaluated and rated under Category Rating and Selection procedures. Category rating combines the applicant's total qualifying experience and education/training into a single quality category. If you meet the basic qualification requirements, we will further evaluate your entire application package to determine the quality and extent of your experience, education, training, etc., for placement in one of the following categories:

1) Best Qualified - Meets the Minimum Qualification Requirements and excels in most requirements of the position;

2) Well Qualified - Meets the Minimum Qualification Requirements and meets most requirements of the position;

3) Qualified - Meets the Minimum Qualification Requirements, but does not possess the relevant competencies to a substantive degree.

A selecting official may make selections from the highest quality category (Best Qualified) provided no preference eligible in that category is passed over to select a non-preference eligible in that category unless approval has been granted.

For Merit Promotion Applicants: Who meet the qualification requirements and are found to be among the top candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration.

All applicants will be rated on the following skills and competencies:

Biomedical Engineering Program Management




To preview the Assessment Questionnaire, click the following link: View Assessment Questions BENEFITS: Back to top

The Federal government offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at . OTHER INFORMATION:

Indian Preference: If you are claiming Indian Preference for Federal employment, you must submit form BIA-4432 for verification and be found suitable for Federal employment. Form BIA-4432 can be found at:

Veterans' Preference: If you are claiming veterans' preference, you must submit appropriate documentation (e.g., DD214, VA letter, etc.). For more information on veterans' preference, click on: .

Career Transition Program: This program applies to Federal workers whose positions have been deemed 'surplus' or no longer needed, or an employee has been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service. To receive selection priority for this position, you must be rated 'well-qualified' or at a score of 85 and above. For information on how to apply and what documents to submit as an ICTAP eligible, go to:

Selective Service: The Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that all male applicants born after 12/31/59 who are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, be registered or they are not eligible for appointment to this position. For further information concerning Selective Service requirements, please visit . HOW TO APPLY: Back to top

Click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the on-line assessment questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

Note: To return to your saved application materials, log in at: and click on Vacancy 824778

If you cannot apply online, you will need to:
1) Print the instructions and questionnaire by clicking View Occupational Questionnaire

2) Print the 1203FX form to record your responses to the questionnaire.

3) Fax the completed 1203FX (all 6 pages but do not include a Cover Page for this document) to: 1-478-757-3144.

4) Print the Fax Cover Page and include with any supporting documents you fax (e.g., resume, transcripts, veterans documentation, etc.) to the same fax number above.

Please do not complete steps 1-4 above if you are applying on-line. REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

  • Your Résumé
  • Responses to the Assessment Questionnaire
  • College transcripts
  • BIA Form 4432 (Indian Preference Candidates)
Other Supporting Documents: (only submit if applicable to you)

  • Veterans' Preference documentation (e.g., Member Copy 4 of the DD-214, SF-15, VA letter)
  • CTAP/ICTAP documentation
  • SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action (if you are a current or former Federal employee)
  • Non-Competitive Appointment Documents
Indian Preference applicants - If claiming Indian preference for the first time, or if you have no previous documentation of preference, applicants must provide a completed copy of the current Form BIA-4432 (expiration date 11/30/2014), "Verification of Indian Preference for Employment in the BIA and IHS Only." The current form (expiration date 11/30/2014) does not need to be used if an older Form BIA-4432 is submitted with a signature that predates the expiration date on the form. Indian preference will not be given unless a properly signed and dated form is submitted with your application, including any verification by an authorized Tribal Representative or BIA official of tribal enrollment records, documentation of lineal decent, state or academic records that document you posses one-half degree Indian blood from a tribe indigenous to the United States, as well as official records that establish your degree of Indian blood, such as census records. You must also complete the family history chart if necessary. (See the form for detailed instructions for the completion of the BIA-4432). Please contact your tribal enrollment officer or your local BIA Office for your most current form.

Current IHS employees with a BIA form on file in their Official Personnel Folder are required to submit a copy of that form with their application.

To obtain a BIA-4432 form, click here:

You may use the fax or upload feature to submit your documentation.


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