Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Supervisory Biomedical Engineer in Loma Linda, California

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Loma Linda, CA
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Wednesday 10/5/2016 (22 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 12/30/2016 (64 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1816168


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.


VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to .

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.

The Professional Standards Board (PSB) (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the grade and salary at which the candidate will be placed. For Internal selectees for promotion, the board will determine grade and HR will determine step in accordance with policy. The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.


Serves as a first level supervisor over the Biomedical Engineering staff with direct overall responsibility for all matters relating to medical equipment and patient safety. The incumbent is the program official for the Medical Center's Medical Equipment Management Program which includes but is not limited to analysis, development and modification of medical systems, approval of equipment purchases, interpretation of technical specifications standards and guidelines as they pertain to medical technology; acts as the medical center's liaison with manufacturers, vendors, and other non VA personnel working with medical technology. Directs quality assurance program for clinical equipment which includes incoming inspections/acceptance testing, performance and safety testing, calibration, and maintenance and repair programs. In addition, coordinates all activities surrounding the safety and recall of medical systems. Serves on medical center committees. These include the Environment of Care Committee, Infection Control Committee, the RTLS steering committee and may be added additional committees as required. Compiles and analyzes budget information and prepares projects for the Biomedical Engineering Section.

Work Schedule:Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. work schedule, but schedule may be adjusted to meet the needs of the organization.

Functional Statement: Supervisory Biomedical Engineer

Recruitment/Relocation Incentive MAY BE authorized for a highly qualified candidate.

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • The Department of Veterans Affairs offers Permanent Change of Station (PCS) relocation services. Permanent Change of Station is the relocation of a household due to government convenience in connection with a transfer between duty stations or facilities. For more information go to
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • You must be a US citizen to apply for this job.
  • Subject to a security background/suitability investigation.
  • Must pass pre-employment physical examination or PPD/TB Skin test.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
  • This position requires candidates to be proficient in English.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

Qualification/Basic Requirements:

U.S. Citizenship:Citizens of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA policy.)

English Language Proficiency: Biomedical engineers must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with chapter 2, section D, paragraph 5a.

Education and/or Experience:

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); (7) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optic, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.

  • or*
  1. 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 buy the Boards of Engineering Examiners of a State, Territory, Commonwealth of the United States (e.g., Puerto Rico), or the District of Columbia.

(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 professional engineering curriculum as described above.

(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.)

GS-13 Experience that is directly related to this position includes:One (1) year of experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade (GS-12); and demonstrate the following KSAs, and demonstrate the potential to acquire the assignment KSAs designated by an asterisk (*).

    1. Ability to conduct capital asset and infrastructure planning for medical equipment spanning initial concept, installation, and effective implementation of complex medical equipment.
    1. Knowledge of most complex and specialized clinical technology including service, system administration, training, and quality assurance.
  1. Expert knowledge of, and the ability to interpret and apply, complex codes, regulations, guidelines, and standards associated with the biomedical engineering field.

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; religious; 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.

Physical Requirements:Heavy lifting and carrying, 45 pounds and over; reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; walking, standing and bending for 4 hours; climbing, use of legs and arms; ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; depth perception; ability to distinguish shades of color; hearing (aid permitted); emotional and metal stability. Environmental factors include outside and inside; excessive heat, cold, noise, radiant energy; electrical energy; working around machinery with moving parts; working closely with others and working alone.

RATING/RANKING PROCEDURES:Applicants who meet the qualification AND basic requirement will be further evaluated by determining the extent to which their work or related experience, education, training, etc., indicate they possess the Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position.

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at .

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE:* Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education at the following website: All 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. **

Veterans Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD 214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.

Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please visit

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What To Expect Next

After we receive your complete application package (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. during our review, if your résumé and application package do not support questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

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Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life. For more information please visit us at

Other Information

Receiving Service Credit for 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 employees 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.

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

Salary Range: $94,264.00 to $122,549.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0858-13/13

Promotion Potential: 13

Supervisory Status: Yes

Who May Apply: US Citizens and Status Candidates

Control Number: 452254100

Job Announcement Number: LL-16-LCS-MPA-1816168