Biomedical Engineer - Technical Career Field Program, Dept. of Veterans Affairs

Posted: 03/22/18 | SHARE:


The TCF program is a national workforce development program within the Department of Veterans Affairs, specifically the Veterans Health Administration. The program was designed to replenish technical staff in critically identified positions. Individuals selected follow a formal training plan for two years during which they are trained, coached, and supervised by a preceptor. Preceptors are selected annually, through an extensive application process, for their technical expertise, their commitment to training and the suitability of their facility as a training location. Selectees will be required to sign Mobility, Training, and Continued Service Agreements.

Job duties include evaluating medical equipment, managing the medical equipment maintenance program, and coordinating new medical technology implementations. Throughout the training program, the selectee will develop abilities to effectively support and advance patient care by applying engineering and managerial skills to healthcare technology. In addition, the selectee will receive assignments to prepare for higher-level management and leadership responsibilities. Promotion potential exists to the highest levels within the Biomedical (Clinical) Engineering career field. Career advancement can take TCF graduates to all regions of the country and toward numerous health care leadership roles.


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing required.
  • Subject to a background/security investigation.
  • Pre-employment physical required.

Basic Requirements

1) U.S. Citizenship
2) English Language Proficiency: In accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), No person shall serve in direct patient care positions unless they are proficient in basic written and spoken English.
3) Education and/or Experience: In order to qualify for the 0858 series ALL applicants must meet one (1) of the following:
a) Bachelor's degree (or higher) in Professional engineering (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED): 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); or (7) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.
b) Combination of education and experience (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED): Possess a combination of 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. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following:
1) Written Test: Evidence of having successfully passed the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) examination, or the written test required for professional registration, which is administered by the Boards of Engineering Examiners of a State, Territory, Commonwealth of the United States (e.g., Puerto Rico), or the District of Columbia. Because of the diversity in kind and quality of BET programs, graduates of other BET programs are required to complete at least one (1) year of additional education or highly technical work experience of such nature as to provide reasonable assurance of the possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for professional engineering competence. The adequacy of this background must be demonstrated by passing the EIT examination. (DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED)
2) 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 a professional engineering curriculum as described above. (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED)
3) 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 one (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.) (TRANSCRIPT AND DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED)
Professional Engineering Experience is experience as a Clinical/Biomedical Engineer in a healthcare setting.

Additional Experience (GS7): In addition to meeting the basic requirements, one (1) year of experience equivalent to the next lower level (GS5) and which demonstrates the following KSAs is required: 1) Ability to prepare written and graphic presentations for other technical staff including technicians and other junior engineers. 2) Knowledge of relevant codes, regulations, guidelines, and standards. 3) Ability to learn organizational concepts to meet operational needs. 4) Ability to learn new technology and identify changes and trends for presentation to other technical staff.
Advanced Entry Level Placement (GS7): Applicants may qualify by possessing ONE of the following (prior to September 30, 2018):
1) Bachelor's degree (or higher) from an accredited college or university in a major field of study related to the Biomedical Engineer, including those occupations that have a positive education requirement.
2) Bachelor's degree (or higher) from an accredited college or university, with an exemplary academic record as demonstrated by at least one of the following:
(a) Class Standing: Applicants must be in the upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision, based on completed courses.
(b) Grade-Point Average (GPA): Applicants must have a grade-point average of:
1. 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B" or better) as recorded on their official transcript, or as computed based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or
2. 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B+" or better) based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum.
(c) Election to Membership in a National Scholastic Honor Society: Applicants can be considered eligible based on membership in one of the national scholastic honor societies. These honor societies are listed in the Association of College Honor Societies: Booklet of Information (1992-95) and/or Baird's Manual of American College Fraternities (1991).

Additional Experience (GS9): In addition to meeting the basic requirements, one (1) year of experience equivalent to the next lower level (GS7) and which demonstrates the following KSAs is required: 1) Knowledge of the principles, theories, concepts, and practices of the biomedical engineering profession. 2) Knowledge of relevant codes, regulations, guidelines, and standards, and the ability to make recommendations to assure compliance with medical center programs. 3) Knowledge of organizational concepts and an understanding of the operational needs of other administrative hospital services. 4) Ability to prepare material on current technical topics and trends for presentation to other technical staff and mid-level hospital management, and the ability to keep abreast of changes in technology.
Education (GS9): Education equivalent to 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education or master's or equivalent graduate degree in a field of engineering, e.g., biomedical engineering, general engineering, mechanical engineering, etc. (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED)


This is a positive education series. Copies of your transcripts must be submitted with your application material.
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement). Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation 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 to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit:

Additional Information

Grade Determination: The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-11. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-07 to GS-09. The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's qualifications and recommend the grade and step at which the candidate will be placed. The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.

NOTE: Initial placement will be at one of the following locations: Fayetteville AR; Los Angeles, CA; San Francisco, CA; Sacramento, CA; Orlando FL; West Palm Beach, FL; Iowa City, IA; New Orleans, LA; Boston, MA; Minneapolis, MN; St Louis MO; Portland, OR (2 positions); San Antonio, TX; and Milwaukee WI

Salary will be adjusted according to assigned duty location.

Work schedule: Typically, Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm. Actual work schedules may vary depending on placement.

Designated Drug-Testing Position: Applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is received.

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Physical Demands: Work may occasionally involve some lifting (usually less than 50 pounds), kneeling crouching, crawling, bending and stretching, use of carts and ladders, normal electronic test equipment, hand tools, and light power tools. Incumbent may work under extreme stress caused by the medical mission's nature, which involves life and well-being of patients, and the necessity to meet deadlines or conflicts outside his/her control.

On occasion may work with electricity and high voltages, compressed gases, radiation producing equipment, and electronic test equipment. Safe work habits and the use of protective equipment are required to prevent injury or accident. The repair of medical equipment requires contact with patients and equipment which may be contaminated with infectious diseases. May occasionally be required to work outside his/her normal tour of duty in order to complete assignments or respond to emergency situations. Incumbent is subject to emergency call back 24 hours a day.

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

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

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.

Benefits: A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefitsReview our benefits

Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

Application Instructions/Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  • Resume

VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at:

The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).

  • Cover Letter
  • DD-214
  • Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs)
  • OF-306
  • Other
  • Other Veterans Document
  • Resume
  • SF-15
  • SF-50
  • Transcript

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

Job Closing Date 4/05/2018

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