Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Medical Instrument Technician (Diagnostic Ultrasound) in Denver, Colorado

Job Overview

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1999252

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. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

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The incumbent works in Imaging Service at the Denver VA Medical Center, Eastern Colorado Health Care System (ECHCS). The Medical Instrument Technician (Diagnostic Ultrasound Technician) independently preforms standard general imaging and complex ultrasound examinations including non-standard and advanced protocols, and manages the diagnostic ultrasound laboratory, preforming highly technical evaluation of the abdomen, pelvis, thorax, thyroids, prostate, kidneys, aorta, scrotum, and conducts vascular studies and interventional procedure. The incumbent must be competent in the production, use, recognition, and analysis of ultrasound images and patterns used for patient diagnosis and treatment.

Major duties of this position include but are not limited to:

  • Perform all ultrasound examination ranging from routine to highly specialized.
  • Perform vascular imaging, both arterial and venous including preparation and supplies, scanning motions, Time Compensated Gain (TCG), zoom or expansion, hard copy, picture oriented examination, organ-oriented examination and initial interpretation of the examination.
  • Assist the radiologist in the performance and guidance of aspirations, biopsies, and catheter placements for the purpose of diagnostic treatment using ultrasound techniques.
  • Participate in the training of physicians, residents, students and other sonographers, current and new staff, sot that these individuals may acquire an understand of the principles of ultrasound, how it relates to other diagnostic exams, and the proper acquisition of ultrasound studies.
  • Utilize all available computer resources such as RIS, VISTA, CPRS and other software applications to preform all clerical procedures related to the processes of ultrasound.
  • Make multiple simultaneous settings and adjustments in operation of equipment to insure accurate results.
  • Review new developments in the field and recommends to the supervisor those that would improve operations.
  • Maintain supplies to ensure timely examinations.
  • Gather related information such as patient charts, x-rays, etc., to ensure correlation of examinations to other studies.
  • Develop and maintain patient preparation procedures so that patients and inpatients wards understand the proper preparation for ultrasound examinations.
  • Perform quality assurance testing on the ultrasound unit using phantoms, test tools, test check lists, etc.
  • Perform and/or supervise routing housekeeping duties to ensure cleanliness of exam rooms and work area.
  • Knowledge of all processes related to reusable medical equipment.
  • Proactively identify administrative, clerical or mechanical problems, and recommend solutions.
  • Ensure courteous, respectful, and cooperative relationships with management, co-workers, patients and the general public.

Work Schedule: Irregular work hours (including afterhours, weekends, and on-call/holiday rotations)

Functional Statement Title: Medical Instrument Technician (Diagnostic Ultrasound) GS-649-9

Supervisory Status


Promotion Potential


Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Who May Apply
This job is open to…

VA Wide (Current/Permanent Federal Employee’s Only)

Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

Job Requirements

Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

Basic Requirements:

  • U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • Licensure or Certification. Licensure or Certification is not required for this occupation; however, it is strongly desirable at GS-6 or above as evidence of possession of the essential knowledge, skills, and abilities.
  • English Language Proficiency. Medical Instrument Technicians must be proficient in spoken and written English.

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**.

Grade Determinations:**

GS-9: At least 1 year of experience comparable to the next lower grade level (GS-08)which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics related to the duties of the positions being filled. This would be independently preforming standard general imaging and complex ultrasound examinations including non-standard and advanced protocols such as emergency and inpatient, in a highly complex medical facility. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

  1. Knowledge of more complex examination and treatment procedures and techniques in order to provide training and supervision in these procedures, to evaluate and initiate performance improvement projects, and to write policies, procedures, and protocols that pertain to diagnostic ultrasonography.

  2. Knowledge of JCAHO and other regulatory requirements.

  3. Ability to communicate effectively and professionally with employees at varying grade levels.

References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-27 and Appendix C, Medical Instrument Technician/Diagnostic Ultrasound Technician Qualification Standard. This can be found 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: Prolonged periods of sitting, bending, reaching, crouching, stooping, and stretching. Must be able to lift items up to 50lbs.

Security Clearance


Additional Information

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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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.

Other Information

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

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

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

This job originated on For the full announcement and to apply, visit Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 2017-08-11 to 2017-09-01

Salary: $60,555 to $73,533 / per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 09

Series: 0649 Medical Instrument Technician

Appointment type: Excepted Service Permanent

Work schedule: Full Time

Job announcement number: EC-17-114-RW-1999252 BU

Control number: 476889700