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Surgical Technician

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration North Chicago, IL
  • Expired: October 12, 2019. Applications are no longer accepted.

Surgical Technician
Department of Veterans Affairs
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

  • ##### Open & closing dates
10/09/2019 to 10/24/2019
  • ##### Service
  • ##### Pay scale & grade
GS 7
  • ##### Salary
$46,554 to $60,522 per year
  • ##### Appointment type
  • ##### Work schedule
1 vacancy in the following location:

  • North Chicago, IL
Relocation expenses reimbursed
Telework eligible
  • Duties

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**First consideration will be given to permanent employees at the
Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center.**
The Surgical Technician (ST) is a member of the surgical team in the
Specialty Care Directorate at Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health
Care Center FHCC and provides assistance to the surgeon as well as
other members of the team during surgical procedures.
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The Surgical Technician participates with the surgical team in
planning and implementing complex procedures under the general
supervision of the surgeon and registered nurse. He/She must possess
expertise in theory and application of sterile and aseptic technique
and combine knowledge of human anatomy, surgical procedures and
implementation tools and technologies to facilitate a surgeons
performance of invasive therapeutic and diagnostic procedures.
Functions as a primary scrub person responsible for handling
instruments, supplies and equipment during all surgical procedures
including but not limited to: Orthopedics, Otolaryngology, Urology,
General Surgery, Ophthalmology, and Peripheral Vascular. Extensive
knowledge of a wide variety of complex surgical procedures and
possible complications. Is able to anticipate and prepare for the
needs of the surgical team. Has an in-depth technical knowledge
concerning instrumentation, human anatomy and physiology, and
aseptic technique. Communicates effectively with all perioperative
team members. Plans and discusses each procedure with surgical
professionals and assures that all supplies and equipment are
available prior to the surgical procedure. Observes and responds
promptly to each stage of the surgical procedure and anticipates the
needs of the surgeon by maintaining a high level of concentration
for extended periods of time.
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 7:30am - 4:00pm
Telework: No Available
Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
Position Description/PD\#: Surgical Technician/PD00000
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Travel Required
Not required
Supervisory status
Promotion Potential
  • #### Job family (Series)
0640 Health Aid And Technician
  • Requirements

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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 background/security investigation
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online
onboarding process
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements
by the closing date of this announcement, 10/24/2019.
Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current Federal
employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks
must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of
this announcement. For a GS-07 position you must have served 52
weeks at the GS-06. The grade may have been in any occupation, but
must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows your
time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application
materials. If the most recent SF-50 has an effective date within the
past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you possess one-year
time-in-grade, as required by the announcement. In this instance,
you must provide an additional SF-50 that clearly demonstrates
one-year time-in-grade.
Note: Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal
employees applying for reinstatement as well as current employees
applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA)
You may qualify based on your experience and/or education as
described below:
GS-7 EXPERIENCE: One (1) year of specialized experience that has
equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities
necessary to perform the duties of a Surgical Technician GS-7. To be
creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at
least the GS-6 grade level in the Federal service. Positions in this
series range widely in type and include support duties to medical or
health personnel such as audiologists, speech pathologists, medical
officers, and optometrists. Therefore, technician experience is
experience that required application of the knowledge, methods, and
techniques of the position to be filled.
Specialized experience include, but are not limited to:
Functions as a primary scrub person responsible for handling
instruments, supplies and equipment during all surgical procedures
including but not limited to: Orthopedics, Otolaryngology, Urology,
General Surgery, Ophthalmology, and Peripheral Vascular.
Sets up the sterile field with all required items for all
procedures, such as air powered equipment, fiber optic equipment,
laparoscopic equipment, microscopes, lasers, arthroscopic equipment,
urological equipment and other operating room supplies and
Prepares, organizes, and maintains highly complex sterile surgical
GS-7 SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION: One (1) year of graduate
education or an internship meets the specialized experience required
in those instances where it is directly related to the work of the
GS-7 COMBINATION: An equivalent combination of successfully
completed graduate-level education and specialized experience, as
described above may be used to meet specialized experience
You will be rated on the following Competencies as part of the
assessment questionnaire for this position:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Customer Service
  • Infection Control
  • Medical Information
  • Technical Competence
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.
Note: *A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of
work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of
time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to
receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature
of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number
of hours a week spent in such employment.*
Physical Requirements: Duties regularly require providing manual
assistance in lifting and positioning patients, most of which are in
stages of unconsciousness. There are extensive periods of regular
and recurring standing, walking, bending, lifting, pushing,
reaching, and prolonged stretching to provide easy accessibility of
instruments and supplies for the surgeons. Incumbent must be
dexterous in passing instruments to surgeons without compromising
principles of aseptic technique and in a manner requiring little or
no effort from the surgeon.
For more information on these qualification standards, please visit
the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at
A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are
basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
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:
Additional information
The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and
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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration


North Chicago, IL
60064 USA