The Medical Technician performs both routine and specialized testing in chemistry, hematology, coagulation, urinalysis, microbiology, and serology in support of a medical laboratory. To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 03/24/2023. Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. For a GS-07 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-06. The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. If the most recent SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you possess one-year time-in-grade, as required by the announcement. In this instance, you must provide an additional SF-50 that clearly demonstrates one-year time-in-grade. Note: Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal employees applying for reinstatement as well as current employees applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment. You may qualify based on your experience and/or education as described below: GS-07 Specialized Experience (IOR): For positions at GS-4 and above- Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade in the normal line of progression (GS-06) for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: (a) Technical medical laboratory support work such as performing laboratory tests and examinations (chemical, microbiologic, hematologic and blood banking) and preparing reports of findings or (b) technical support work in a closely related field, e.g., biological laboratory technician work, that required application of the methods and techniques for the position to be filled. Basic Education and/or Experience Requirements: Specialized Experience: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: performing laboratory tests and examinations (chemical, microbiologic, hematologic and blood banking) and preparing reports of findings; or technical support work in a closely related field, e.g., biological laboratory technician work that required application of the methods and techniques for the position to be filled. This experience must be documented in your resume to receive credit. OR Education: One full year of graduate education, meets the requirements for GS-7, in course matter that must include courses directly related to the work of the position such as chemistry, biological sciences, hematology, microbiology, serology, etc. This education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university. Transcripts required. One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1 year of full-time study. OR, Combination: An equivalent combination of successfully completed graduate level education and specialized experience, as described above, which meet the total experience requirements for this grade level. The education portion must include graduate courses directly related to the work of the Medical Technician position such as chemistry, biological sciences, hematology, microbiology, serology, etc. and must have been obtained in an accredited college or university. Your experience must be detailed in your resume and transcripts required. You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position: Analytical Reasoning Clerical Diagnostic Medical Testing Technical Competence 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. Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment. Physical Requirements: Work involves regular and recurrent standing, bending over microscopes, walking, reaching and bending to verify and check supplies. Special dexterity is required to secure blood samples from patients with compromised vein structure. Occasionally lifts heavy containers or cases of supplies(less than 20 lb.) For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/. ["The incumbent's primary purpose is to serve as a Medical Laboratory Technician performing a wide variety of clinical testing, including both moderate and highly complex clinical laboratory testing. Duties include, but are not limited to: - Performs a full range of laboratory testing and examination of blood, urine, body fluids and other specimens. - Performs routine laboratory testing (both moderate and complex testing) in all areas of the clinical laboratory including Hematology, Coagulation, Urinalysis, Chemistry, Immunology, Blood Bank, and Microbiology. - Works independently and be able to interpret and apply complex written instructions from a variety of sources (i.e. Operating procedures, CLSI documents, VA directives, and accrediting agency requirements) to determine the correct course of action. - Performs non-routine testing as required: performs complex analyses and infrequently requested tests which may include transfusion reaction work-up, manual chemistry methods, body fluid analysis with manual differential, polymerase chain reaction testing, or special coagulation tests. - Packages laboratory specimens for pick up and shipment to reference laboratories. - Instructs medical technologist, medical technician, and phlebotomy students as well as new employees in approved laboratory techniques as assigned. - Performs and evaluates quality control and proficiency testing samples according to laboratory standard operating procedures and accrediting agency requirements. - Performs preventative maintenance as scheduled, on a variety of laboratory equipment, to minimize breakdown and delay of procedures. - Verifies accurate instrument functioning, troubleshoots instrument malfunctions, and acts on any quality control shifts, trends or out of range results. Identifies unusual results or conditions which may cause erroneous results (instrument malfunctions, interfering substances, faulty operating parameters, or nonstandard test procedure used).Evaluates the problem and selects appropriate corrective action. - Ensures that laboratory areas are stocked, maintains appropriate inventories, and notifies appropriate personnel when supplies need to be ordered. - Maintains work area in a clean and safe condition according to agency or accreditation requirements. - Records laboratory data on charts, logs or computerized forms. - Accepts responsibility for the accuracy of the results. - Calls critical values to the clinician per laboratory policy. Reviews other technologist/technician manually entered results for accuracy. - Verifies identity of patient and collects blood specimens with minimal discomfort to the patient using standard phlebotomy techniques. - Performs both venipuncture and capillary collections utilizing vacutainer, syringe, butterfly or finger stick devices. - Collects blood from both inpatients and outpatients. Labels samples accurately, centrifuges, and aliquots samples as needed. - Controls physical conditions and observes any time factors necessary to ensure the physiological state of the specimen is maintained throughout the pre-analytical to post analytical stages. - Follows standard precautions, isolation procedures, infection control policies and other safety regulations. - Conducts all work according to Laboratory Safety regulations. Uses standard aseptic procedures and safeguards. - Disposes of contaminated and/or potentially dangerous specimens, reagents, and chemicals in accordance with applicable regulations Work Schedule: Day shift with rotating weekends and holidays, specifics will be discussed in interviews. Compressed/Flexible: Not Available Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Position Description/PD#: Medical Technician/PD03606A"]
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