Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Medical Technologist in Sacramento, California

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

Opened Thursday 10/13/2016 (11 day(s) ago)

** Closes Thursday 11/3/2016 (10 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1823772

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 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 incumbent performs as a generalist medical technologist and rotates with other generalists on a regular basis through a variety of laboratory disciplines with the responsibility of performing a full range of routine tests in the areas of hematology, chemistry, coagulation, microbiology, blood banking, and urinalysis, as well as, complex analyses and specialized tasks; evaluating abnormal results; using and maintain equipment; and setting up and monitoring quality controls.

  • Evaluates and solves problems related to collection and processing of biological specimens for analysis taking into account physiologic processes and requirements.

  • Maintains and documents the optimal functioning of laboratory equipment.

  • Uses, calibrates, identifies malfunctions, repairs, and performs preventive maintenance of laboratory equipment.

  • Troubleshoots deviations in test performance due to instrument malfunction.

  • Performs and documents quality control and assurance activities and corrective actions related to test performance using statistical principles and theories of performance improvement.

  • Adheres to practices and regulations governing bio-safety and bio-security in the workplace. Identifies discrepancies, solves problems, and presents solutions.

  • Answers inquiries regarding test results, methodology, test specificity, test sensitivity, and specific factors, which influence test results. Interprets results and suggests follow-up test selection or procedures.

  • Evaluates and implements new techniques and procedures in the laboratory in terms of equipment, method comparison, and establishment of reference intervals using statistical methods and theoretical knowledge. Interprets findings and makes recommendations. Incorporates principles of educational methodology in the instruction and training of new employees and students and in the laboratory's in-service/continuing education program. Communicates effectively and courteously with and while working as a health care team member.

  • Provides excellent service as defined by the customer (health care providers, patients, and others).

  • Gives direction and guidance using underlying principles of laboratory testing.

  • Organizes work and sets priorities to meet deadlines.

  • Also works off-hour shifts, weekends, and holidays as priorities demonstrate a need.

Work Schedule: Day Shift: 8:30 am. to 5:00 pm *Functional Statement Title/#: Medical Technologist (Generalist) *

On-Call: NO

Rotating Shifts: NO

Required to work holidays or weekends: Yes

Fair Labor Standards Acts (FLSA):Exempt

Bargaining Unit Position:YES

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • 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
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

Basic Requirements:

  • U.S. citizenship. Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • English Language Proficiency – Must be proficient in spoken and written English.
  • Minimum Education and/or Experience

(1) Must have at least a bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited college or university in medical laboratory science, medical technology, clinical laboratory science or in a related science (e.g., laboratory sciences such as chemistry, biochemistry, biology, microbiology, immunology, etc.) AND completion of a medical technology clinical practice program. Clinical practice programs completed after 1974 must have been accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP, formerly CAHEA), or the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES). The professional curriculum may have consisted of a post-baccalaureate certificate program or be integrated into a four-year program of study that culminated in a baccalaureate degree.


(2) A bachelor's degree from an accredited college/university, including 16 semester hours of biological science (with one course in microbiology), 16 semester hours of chemistry (with one course in organic or biochemistry) and one course in mathematics.


Two years of post-certification clinical laboratory experience (e.g., blood banking, chemistry, hematology, microbiology, immunology, clinical microscopy, etc.) within the last ten years as a certified Medical Laboratory Technician by the American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Certification (ASCP-BOC), American Society of Clinical Pathology Board of Registry (ASCP-BOR) or American Medical Technologists (AMT). This experience must include performing moderate and/or high complexity testing in blood banking, chemistry, hematology, microbiology immunology and clinical microscopy (or categorical experience which matches categorical certification) in a clinical laboratory.


(3) A bachelor's degree from an accredited college/university, including 16 semester hours of biological science (with one course in microbiology), 16 semester hours chemistry (with one course in organic or biochemistry) and one course in mathematics.


Five years of clinical laboratory experience within the last ten years performing moderate and/or high complexity testing in blood banking, chemistry, hematology, microbiology, immunology and clinical microscopy (or categorical experience which matches categorical certification) in a clinical laboratory.

NOTE: Foreign Graduates – your baccalaureate degree program must meet the educational and/or experience requirements found to be equivalent to degree programs recognized by the NAACLS or clinical laboratory experience as described above. This finding may be based on either of the following:

  • A letter from a college/university with a baccalaureate program recognized by the NAACLS stating that the individual's foreign degree has been evaluated and been found to be equivalent to its bachelor of medical technical technology degree.

  • Or, a letter from ASCP-BOC or AMT stating you are eligible for the certification examination.

Certification– Must currently possess the appropriate certification examination as a medical technologist or clinical laboratory scientist given by the American Society of Clinical Pathology Board of Registry (ASCP-BOR), American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Certification (ASCP-BOC), or American Medical Technologists.

Specialized Experience or Education Requirements for GS-09 – Must have a minimum of 1 year of creditable, progressively responsible experience comparable to the next lower grade level directly related to the position being filled.

Developing, performing, evaluating, interpreting, correlating, and validating the accuracy of laboratory procedures and results

Testing procedures performed on a variety of biological specimens and/or environmental samples using manual or automated techniques, and required a broad exercise of independent judgment and responsibility.

Work performed in a variety of laboratory disciplines, such as bacteriology, mycology, parasitology, serology, and virology; monitoring quality control systems and measures.

Collaborating in the diagnosis and treatment of patients.

Providing education for laboratory and other healthcare professionals, and other in a medical center setting.


Master's degree or 2 academic years of progressively higher-level graduate education in medical technology or directly related field.

You will be evaluated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) based on your application for this position.

  • Comprehensive knowledge of professional MT principles, practices, concepts and theories providing for

sound independent work.

  • Comprehensive knowledge of laboratory quality control and assurance procedures and principles

of performance improvement in order to manage reagent and supply inventories and document control systems.

  • Knowledge of laboratory equipment and ability to maintain, troubleshoot and repair instrumentation.

  • Ability to plan, organize, set priorities, work as a team member and effectively complete assignments.

  • Ability to use independent technical judgment to analyze and interpret laboratory results.

  • Ability to read, interpret and apply complex written instructions.

  • Skilled in informatics, laboratory data flow and the understanding of laboratory processes.

  • Ability to communicate, consult and interact with other members of the healthcare team, external relations,

customer service and patient education.

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.

References: * *VA Handbook 5005 Part II Appendix G24, Medical Technologist, available in the local Human Resources Office.

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 here: 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.

Physical Requirements:

Use and function of all normal motor and sensory anatomy for provision of light lifting and light carrying under 15 pounds, walking, standing, outside/inside environment, excessive noise (intermittent), climbing, rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, work around machinery, distinguish basic colors/shades, hearing, repetitive computer use up to 8 hours daily, and possible exposure to infectious diseases.

Security Clearance


Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive application packages (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 your 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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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently offered:**

Other Information

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

Salary Range: $68,509.00 to $81,352.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0644-09/09

Promotion Potential: 09

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: US Citizens and Status Candidates

Control Number: 453182100

Job Announcement Number: 612-17-LI-1823772-BU