Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist (Computed Tomography) in Erie, Pennsylvania

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Erie, PA
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Temporary NTE 13 months

Opened Thursday 12/1/2016 (2 day(s) ago)

** Closes Wednesday 12/7/2016 (4 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1862636

OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

The city of Erie has several attractions including Presque Isle State Park with sandy beaches, walking paths and boat ramps and lake front access to Lake Erie. It is also in close proximity to three major cities: Buffalo, NY; Cleveland, OH and Pittsburgh, PA. Explore the possibilities at the Erie, PA Veterans Affairs Medical Center working as a Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist (CT).

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.


Major Duties:

Percentage may fluctuate with needs of the service.

Computed Tomography (50%): Operates independently and without direct supervision. Performs a variety of specialized CT examinations covering most portions of the body including, bladder, spleen, aorta, kidney, head, neck, chest, abdomen, pelvis, spine, extremities, pancreas, biopsies and drainages. These exams are performed with and without contrast materials. The purpose of these exams is to achieve diagnostic studies so that proper diagnosis and treatment will be delivered. Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist (50%): Operates independently and without direct supervision as the technologist responsible for the performance and coordination of all diagnostic radiology examinations. These exams are performed with and without the use of contrast materials. The purpose of these exams is to achieve diagnostic studies so that proper diagnosis and treatment will be delivered.

  • Ensures that all documentation required for the completion of exams is done in VISTA/CPRS.

  • Properly label all images with Right/Left markers.

  • Validates all images and corrects incorrect information prior to sending to VISTA for interpretation by the Radiologist.

  • Receives and interprets request for CT and general radiologic studies.

  • Inputs pertinent radiology information into computer.

  • Communicates effectively with the Radiologist to establish requirements with reference to contrast agents, vital signs, medications, variety of catheters, guide wires.

  • Maintain effective control of the Radiology Department by coordinating, organizing and executing the work potential to expedite workflow patterns with the department.

  • Performs all Diagnostic procedures to include administrative duties associated with each procedure.

  • Continuously works to develop a cohesive and effective team with other areas of the Radiology Department and with other areas of the entire facility to expedite quality patient care.

  • Ensures that adequate quantities of supplies for general radiology are available to meet workload demands.

  • Assures that procedure rooms are stocked with necessary supplies at all times, with special attention to emergent equipment and supplies.

  • Exercises extreme caution in the handling and safeguard of all radiation producing equipment.

  • Recognize and report major equipment malfunctions within a timely manner.

  • Ensures that all equipment is in proper working order prior use.

  • Keeps abreast of technological advances in the field of Radiology.

  • Successfully completes all required educational classes and successfully receives all Continuing Education Units (CEU's) as governed by the ARRT, to maintain an active status with the ARRT Society.

Work Schedule: Temporary, Not-to-exceed 13 months, Monday through Friday, 12:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. with rotating weekends and holidays * Functional Statement Title/#:* Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist (CT)/544-00347-A

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Full unrestricted ARRT (CT) Certification required.
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing may be required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

Basic Requirements:

Citizenship. Citizen of the United States (non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy). Certification. Must be certified in general radiology by the American Registry of Radiologic Technology ARRT(R). In addition, advanced certification is required for Computed Tomography (CT). Advanced certification indicates the technologist has demonstrated specific clinical competency in the appropriate specialty and taken and passed the designated exam. English Language Proficiency. Must be proficient in both written and spoken English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d). Education. Completion of a full-time training course of at least 24 months duration (or the equivalent) in a post-high school diagnostic radiologic technology program, evidenced by a certificate or an associate's degree, accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JCERT) or from schools accredited by the ARRT and certification by the ARRT in radiology.

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.

Grade Determinations: SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE FOR GS-08 LEVEL: In addition to meeting the basic requirements listed above, all applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 grade level in the federal government. Specialized experience consists of experience directly related to Computed Tomography (CT) and could have been acquired through operating, supervising the operation of, or instructing the operation of equipment related to CT.

In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following technical competencies and demonstrate the potential to acquire the assignment specific competencies designated by an asterisk(*):

*Ability to check system for operation and assess acceptable performance based on established guidelines.

Knowledge of calibration parameters and the ability to make adjustments as needed.

*Knowledge of patient's clinical record, diagnosis, and laboratory results.

Ability to monitor patient's physiologic changes during the procedure and keep the radiologist informed.

Skill in using tact, diplomacy, and courtesy in dealings with the customer base, patients, staff, family, visitors, and volunteers; and

Knowledge of anatomy and physiology, and cross-sectional anatomy, recognizing unusual images, and determining proper positioning to best demonstrate areas of interest.

References: VA Handbook 5005/77, Part II, Appendix G25, Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist Qualification Standard, GS-0647. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

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.

Physical Requirements:Heavy lifting, 45 lbs and over; Heavy carrying, 45 lbs and over; Straight pulling, up to 2 hours; Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Walking up to 4 hours; Standing, up to 4 hours; Repeated bending, up to 2 hours; Both legs required; Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Depth perception; Ability to distinguish basic colors; Ability to distinguish shades of colors; Hearing (aid permitted); Mental and emotional stability required.

Security Clearance

Not Applicable

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

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

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

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Salary Range: $44,335.00 to $57,631.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0647-08/08

Promotion Potential: 08

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: US Citizens and Federal Employees

Control Number: 458031700

Job Announcement Number: ER-17-ALH-1862636