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Electronic Technician
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration    Tucson, AZ 85702
 Posted 10 days    


The position is at the full performance level located in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Veterans Health Administration (VHA), at the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System in the Engineering Service.The Southern Arizona VA Health Care system is a Complexity 1A facility that includes nine geographically separated clinics with more than 1 million square feet of space.


The primary purpose of the position is to serve as an Electronics Technician in the Electronics Sub-Section of Biomedical Engineering within Engineering Service. As an Electronics Technician the incumbent will function in a professional capacity to design, install, test, and maintain facility enterprise systems and their ancillary components. These specially designed systems are constructed, assembled, or modified to fill a unique function for the facility through software and hardware applications:

Duties: Responsible for technical oversight of highly complex electronic and facility enterprise systems that may include, but are not limited to: satellite and entertainment, audio/visual, law enforcement security, nurse call, patient wandering/locating, electronic announcement, temperature monitoring, fire protection, radio frequency communications, local area networks, and wireless communications (including their components, and sub-systems). This oversight includes but is not limited to design, installation, modification, evaluation, testing, troubleshooting, calibration, and end user competency training. The incumbent performs duties of a broad scope and complexity including analyzing, diagnosing, and maintaining electronic and facility enterprise systems. Analyze organizational needs to design, develop, and implement, customized solutions utilizing software and/or hardware. This also includes developing and implementing a support strategy for the customized systems or interfaces. The electronic and facility enterprise systems utilize state-of-the-art technology that have vitally interrelated and sometimes dispersed multiple subsystems. A single malfunction in any subsystems will adversely affect the total operation of the mission-critical equipment. Required to identify and remediate hazardous conditions and procedures with electronic and facility enterprise systems and initiates appropriate corrective action. Many solutions require elevated administrative privileges to computer workstations and servers for programming and software management. Advanced knowledge of computer-based systems, common operating systems, and computer programming. Maintenance activities frequently require the incumbent to exercise extensive knowledge, skill, and creativity to keep electronic and facility enterprise systems operational. Recommend, develop, implement, redesign, reconfigure, or modify operating and maintenance procedures to reduce failures, eliminate hazards, or enhance accuracy and reliability Plans and validates the effectiveness of scheduled and unscheduled maintenance accordingly to minimize downtime and ensure compliance with current codes and standards. Emergency call back if critical systems and their backup systems fail. Responsible for notifying the owning service and the supervisor if they determine equipment or systems should be taken out of service because it is unsafe to operate. The incumbent explores alternate options and presents or implements recommendations for temporary solutions to minimize the overall impact on facility operations. Work Schedule: M-F 12:00pm-8:30pm

Compressed/Flexible: Available

Telework: No

Virtual: This is not a virtual position.

Position Description/PD#: Electronic Technician/PD12138A


Conditions of Employment


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 09/23/2020. 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-09 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-08. 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) appointment. You may qualify based on your experience and/or education as described below: Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-08 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: Work as a technician, instructor, inspector, or mechanic (civilian or military) that showed progression in theoretical and practical knowledge of electronic theory, and of the characteristics, function, operation, and capabilities of a variety of types of electronic equipment. This experience must have included the use of schematic diagrams, a variety of test equipment, and the application of appropriate electronic formulas involved in such duties as testing, troubleshooting, modifying, designing, calibrating, installing, maintaining, repairing, constructing, developing, and instructing on electronic equipment, or similar functions. Experience in developing policies, standards, and procedures for maintenance, installation, or similar functions, provided the work clearly shows that the applicant applied a specialized knowledge of the theories and principles of a variety of electronic systems or equipment. OR, Education: Successfully completed a Master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree in a major of study that is undeniably related to possessing the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to successfully perform in this position. (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED) OR, Combination: Must possess a combination of graduate education and specialized experience as described above. (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED) You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:

Computers and ElectronicsElectronics EngineeringEnterprise ArchitectureSoftware Engineering 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: The work requires moderate physical exertion, and can involve prolonged periods of pushing, pulling, carrying, bending, stooping, crawling, crouching, reading inside of devices, and negotiating cramped working areas. Frequently, work will be performed in cramped and awkward positions. The work also requires prolonged periods of standing and walking. The incumbent will continually handle objects weighting up to 20 lbs. and occasionally objects up to 50 lbs. Some tasks involve climbing and working in high places using ladders or platforms. Circuit repairs also require adequate eyesight and dexterity. Technical, academic, and mental demands are considerable. The work performed is of a precise nature requiring prolonged concentration. The incumbent will often work under conditions of stress caused by the nature of the mission which involves the well-being of patients and the necessity to meet deadlines. The work is performed in all areas of the medical center, including repair shops, offices, interstitial spaces, laboratories, building rooftops, or patient treatment settings where patients and medical personnel may be present. Potential for electrical shock is continuous, but completely avoidable through industry accepted practices. Exposure to dust, chemical, and hazardous fumes is common. There is an additional hazard of nosocomial infection while working in clinics, isolation areas, patient wards, laboratories, etc. due to exposure to bacterial or viral agents, caustic materials, chemical hazards and contamination both known and unknown. There is also the hazard of radiation when working around radiological equipment and high-powered radio systems such as antennas. The incumbent needs to observe infection control standards, safe work practices, and utilize personal protective equipment where necessary. Travel from the main campus to other VA facilities and outpatient clinics may be required and incumbent may also be required to work beyond normal duty hours. For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at


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

VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. This position may be authorized for telework. Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process. Receiving Service Credit or 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 employee's 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. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed. Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities , and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. Contact the Agency Contact for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator. The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal/VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well-qualified: applicants must possess experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the required competencies of the job. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position. 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. Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members. For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document. If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

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