The Biomedical Equipment Support Specialist (BESS) provides
clinical and administrative support to staff, patients,
and administrators for all matters of concern relating to the
facility wide lifecycle management of medical equipment.
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- Responsible for the life-cycle management of diagnostic,
therapeutic, and other patient related medical equipment and
- Performs routine and complex tasks involved in the
installation, maintenance, modification, troubleshooting and
calibration of complex therapeutic, diagnostic and life support
- Responsible for monitoring system backups, file integrity,
ensuring network connectivity between systems, servers, databases,
and the electronic medical record.
- Must be able to reload operating systems and clinical
application software in the event of a system failure and interface
with OI&T locally and at other sites to keep systems
- Conducts pre-purchase evaluations and addresses
pre-implementation security issues to ensure that medical device
isolation architecture requirements are met.
- Serves as project leader for equipment installation to include
but not limited to: discussing contract requirements and concerns
with the architect/engineer and contractor; identifying the site
requirements, preparing cost analysis and justifications, preparing
site plans and progress reports; acting as the project coordinator
during installation, testing phases and through completion of the
project to include acceptance testing, planning and coordinating
work schedules with other services, arranging utility
- Consults and advises clinical and administrative staff in
evaluating medical equipment proposed for purchase.
- Determines when healthcare technology, instrumentation, or
systems are obsolete, hazardous and/or not cost effective to
- Performs incoming inspections on new and unfamiliar medical
equipment and systems upon receipt to determine that all government
safety regulations, manufacturer's specifications, contract
requirements are met.
- Provides biomedical equipment related technical training to
peers and developmental BESS's as well as clinical staff.
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday (0700 - 1530, 0730 - 1600, or
0800 - 1630)
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Occasional travel - Occasional travel to outlying CBOCs is
1601 Equipment Facilities, And Services
Conditions of Employment
- You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
- Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after
- You may be required to serve a probationary period
- Subject to a background/security investigation
- Must be proficient in written and spoken English
- Selected applicants will be required to complete an online
- United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed
when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance
with VA Policy.
- English Language Proficiency. Candidates will not be appointed
under authority of 38 U.S.C. chapters 73 or 74, to serve in a
direct patient-care capacity in VHA who is not proficient in
written and spoken English.
- Experience and Education: (1) Associates degree in Biomedical
Electronics Technology, Biomedical Equipment Technology or
Biomedical Engineering Technology or in a related technical field
such as Electronic Technology or Information Technology and two
years of experience as a Biomedical Equipment Support Specialist,
Biomedical Equipment Technician, Field Service Engineer, Medical
Equipment Repairer, or Information Technology Specialist.
OR (2) Bachelor's degree in Biomedical Engineering Technology or
in a related field such as Electronics Engineering Technology (EET)
or Information Technology.
OR (3) Completion of a military training program in biomedical
equipment and two years of experience as a Biomedical Equipment
Support Specialist or Biomedical Equipment Technician, Field
Service Engineer, Medical Equipment Repairer or Information
- Preferred 3-10 years' experience as a BESS in a hospital or
medical device service provider setting
- Preferred experience with high risk medical equipment such as
defibrillators, ventilators, heart lung bypass machines and
anesthesia units, etc.
- Moderate to advanced experience with medical imaging equipment,
to include dental x-ray, ultrasound, and networking medical
- Preferred certifications such as CBET, CRES, CompTIA N+, and
- Demonstrated ability to work as a team player
- Demonstrated superior ability to communicate effectively with
BESS, GS-5 (Entry Level) Experience or Education. None beyond
BESS, GS-7 Experience. At least one year of experience
equivalent to the GS-5 grade level.
Demonstrated (KSAs).In addition to the experience above, the
candidate must demonstrate all of the following
a. Ability to read, interpret, and apply a great variety of
technical data such as schematic drawings, wiring diagrams, table
charts, mathematical expressions and formulas.
b. Ability to learn equipment maintenance, operating procedures,
and repair procedures from training materials and courses.
c. Fundamental knowledge of electronics to include analog,
digital and microprocessor theory, pneumatics, hydraulics, optics,
electro-mechanics, physics, basic networking, and chemistry.
d. Knowledge of the use of standard level test equipment to
include, but not limited to, multi-meters, electrical safety
analyzers, patient simulator, storage oscilloscopes, manometers,
e. Knowledge of anatomy, physiology, medical terminology,
medical equipment, and technology.
f. Knowledge of basic networking, computer/server
hardware/software and information technologies and computer virus
protection software, available software patches and upgrades, and
information security tools (i.e. Microsoft Office, Windows
operating systems, McAfee, etc.).
BESS, GS-9 (Developmental Level 2) Experience. At least one year
of experience equivalent to the GS-7 grade level.
(a) Knowledge of electronics and electricity including analog
and intermediate digital electronics to test, calibrate, maintain,
and repair biomedical equipment and moderately complex biomedical
(b) Skill in the setup and use of standard and advanced level
test equipment to perform precise and detailed analysis of the
operating and design characteristics of equipment and initiate
repairs, reconfiguration, or redesign of moderately complex medical
(c) Skill in applying theory, concepts, techniques, design
characteristics, operation, and functions to assist and support
installation, operation, test, maintenance, repair, design, and
modification for a comprehensive range of medical equipment
connected to networks or other operating systems.
(d) Ability to evaluate practical and technical information from
manufacturers, contract specifications, manuals, and historical
data in order to perform analysis required to make effective
recommendations concerning operation, maintenance, and repair of
(e) Ability to perform testing and troubleshooting of medical
devices involving their interfaces and connections to other medical
devices, clinical systems, or information systems either directly
or through the hospitals hardwired and wireless networks.
(f) Ability to use application software and hardware as it
relates to the operation and diagnostics of medical equipment.
(g) Knowledge of computer equipment with a wide variety of
software to input and retrieve data as required, and to prepare a
variety of specific working documents and forms such as
spreadsheet, database, word processing, and other similar
BESS GS-11 (Full Performance Level) Experience. At least one
year of experience equivalent to the GS-9 grade level.
Certification as a Certified Biomedical Equipment Technician
(CBET), Certified Laboratory Equipment Specialist (CLES), Net+ and
A+ are highly desirable at this level but not required.
a. Knowledge of a wide range of sciences including, but not
limited to, electronics (analog and digital), computer
science/networking, mechanical engineering design, pneumatics,
hydraulics, chemistry, physiology, medical terminology, anatomy,
optics, and biology to perform duties of a broad scope and nature
on complex and sophisticated patient-related medical systems and
b. Ability to perform advanced testing and troubleshooting of
medical devices involving their interfaces and connections to
information systems either directly or through the hospitals
hardwired and wireless networks.
c. Knowledge of codes and standards relevant to safe operation
of medical instrumentation such as National Fire Protection
Association (NFPA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Nuclear
Regulatory Commission (NRC), the Joint Commission (TJC), and the
Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation
d. Skill in the use of all types of test and calibration
equipment such as digital multi-meters, electrical safety
analyzers, defibrillator analyzers, patient simulators, digital
oscilloscopes, pulse generators, and Local Area Network (LAN)
analyzers in performing troubleshooting/repair and preventive
e. Ability to configure and maintain medical servers and desktop
f. Knowledge of contracting regulations, requirements, and
specific contract specifications including performance-based
References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G49 dated
The full performance level of this vacancy is 11. The actual
grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is the
- Heavy lifting, 45 pounds and over
- Moderate lifting, 15-44 pounds
- Heavy carrying, 45 pounds and over
- Moderate carrying, 15-44 pounds
- Straight pulling 2 hours
- Pulling hand over hand 4 hours
- Pushing 2 hours
- Reaching above shoulder
- Use of fingers
- Both hands required
- Walking 6 hours
- Standing 8 hours
- Crawling 4 hours
- Kneeling 6 hours
- Repeated bending 6 hours
- Climbing, legs only 4 hours
- Climbing, use of legs and arms
- Both legs required Operation of crane, truck, tractor, or motor
- Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination
- 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
- Both eyes required
- Depth perception
- Ability to distinguish basic colors
- Ability to distinguish shades of colors
- Hearing (aid permitted)
IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application
if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on
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: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/.
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.
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