Medical Instrument Technician (Hemodialysis)

Iowa City Iowa
Oct 15, 2020
Nov 05, 2020
Contract Type
Full Time
Basic Requirements:
  • United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • Education: There are no specific educational requirements for this occupation. Education may be substituted for experience only at the GS-4 and GS-5 levels.
  • English Language Proficiency: Medical Instrument Technicians must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with chapter 2, section D, paragraph 5a, this part.
May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria).

No certification is required; however, it is desirable that employees at this level have BCLS (Basic Cardiac Life Support) and ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) certifications.

Preferred Experience: Prefer previous patient care/dialysis experience and/or machine maintenance/troubleshooting experience. Experience with reverse osmosis systems preferred.

Grade Determinations:

GS-8 Grade Requirements

At least 1 year of experience comparable to the next lower grade level which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics related to the duties of the positions to be filled. This would be experience which provided knowledge of the more complex procedures, the pharmacology related to this occupation, and knowledge of related acute disorders and diseases and their effects on organs and methods of treatment and is defined as:

  • Ability to assist the physician in more complex procedures such as central venous catheter insertion.
  • Ability to assist in training patients in home/self-care by teaching components of machine operation including water treatment and monitoring patients for compliance.
  • Ability to act as a mentor or preceptor to lower graded technicians.
  • Ability to analyze deviations from the expected, determine whether the deviations are machine or patient related, and respond according to the findings.


In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

  • Knowledge of the hemodialysis process and equipment needed for home/self care including knowledge of common machine problems and repairs to such equipment.
  • Knowledge of the equipment and procedures for peritoneal dialysis.
  • Ability to assist the physician with percutaneous renal biopsies and peritoneal catheter insertion.
  • Ability to provide instruction to dialysis patients in home/self care and in the maintenance of the equipment.
  • Ability to provide instruction for physicians, nurses, and other personnel in dialysis procedures, equipment operation and maintenance, etc.
All qualifying experience and KSAs you possess must be clearly described in your application package. We will not make assumptions when reviewing applications. Failure to demonstrate your experience/how you gained each KSA in your resume may result in disqualification. It is strongly recommended that you write to each KSA in your application package. Please see the Required Documents section below for resume requirements.

References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/15 PART II APPENDIX G27

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-8. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-8

Physical Requirements: Heavy lifting, 45 pounds and over; Moderate lifting, 15-44 pounds; Light lifting, under 15 pounds; Heavy carrying, 45 pounds/over; Moderate carrying, 15-44 pounds; Light carrying, under 15 pounds; Straight pulling (1 hours); Pulling hand over hand (2 hours); Pushing (2 hours); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both arms/hands required or the equivalent required (limb prosthesis allowed if functionally equivalent; Walking (8-12 hours); Standing (8-12 hours); Crawling (0.5 hours); Kneeling (1 hours); Repeated bending (4 hours); Climbing, legs only (0.5 hours); Both legs required, or the equivalent required (Limb prosthesis allowed if functionally equivalent); Twisting (2 hours); Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Stooping, stretching (2 hours); Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; Specific visual requirement (specify) Read medication labels and equipment manuals + Monovision allowed if necessary for essential position; Both eyes required; Ability to distinguish basic colors; Hearing (aid may be permitted): adequate to hear medical alarms/whispered voice; Ability to perform PMDB (level determined for coverage area); Patient Lifting, (mechanical assistance available); Sitting (8-12 hours); Ability to perform BLS; Emotional and mental stability Education

There is no educational substitution for experience at the GS-8 grade level.

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. For further information, visit:

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