Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Medical Supply Technician in Houston, Texas77007

Job Overview

Job Overview

About the Agency

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 Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who served our Country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your Country's service. If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA. The VA is committed to hiring Veterans.

The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.

The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define "who we are," our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence ("I CARE"). America's Veterans need you!


These positions are located in the Office of Clinical Practice, Supply Processing Services at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston, TX. Major Duties and Responsibilities Include:

  • Transports soiled reusable items in a manner that prevents cross contamination;
  • Cleans, disinfects, decontaminates and processes soiled items;
  • Operates all decontamination equipment effectively and safely;
  • Assembles surgical instruments accurately and efficiently;
  • Maintains inventory of disposable and reusable medical devices;
  • Communicates timely and effectively with coworkers and customers to prevent surgical delays. Work Schedule: Friday, evening shift which is 3:30pm-12am and 12am-8am an alternated work schedule may be available/rotating tours to include weekends and Holidays.

DESIGNATED DRUG-TESTING POSITION: Applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with the VA. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is received.

Recruitment & Relocation Incentives:Not authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No

Job Requirements

Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Subject to a background/security investigation
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • May be required to serve a probationary period.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY: In accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), No person shall serve in direct patient care positions unless they are proficient in basic written and spoken English. You must be proficient in basic written and spoken English in order to meet the requirements of this position.

EXPERIENCE: Possess one (1) full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade in Federal Service. Specialized experience: in processing, assembling, trouble-shooting, preparing, sterilizing, storing, and issuing sterile and unsterile medical supplies and equipment. The applicant must possess knowledge of the technical names, general uses, physical characteristics, and operating conditions of medical supply items; knowledge of decontamination, cleaning, preparation, sterilization, and storage procedures; knowledge of aseptic techniques; and skill in operating a washer-sterilizer, ultrasonic instrument cleaners, and gas and steam sterilizers. Specialized experience include work as an operating room technician, medical instrument technician, nursing assistant, corpsman, or laboratory worker where you were responsible for performing these duties. NOTE: Experience must be fully documented on your resume and must include job title; duties; month and year start/end dates AND hours worked per week.

You will be rated on the following Competencies as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:

  • Knowledge of Aseptic Techniques, universal precautions, and infection control guidelines.
  • Knowledge in cleaning and ability to process and sterilize scores and other complex surgical equipment.
  • Knowledge and experience applying the proper storage of supplies for use prior to expiration dates, proper rotation and storage to prevent contamination to the end user.
  • Knowledge and experience utilizing a computerized program for instrument tracking.
  • Knowledge and experience in the operation, maintenance of medical instruments and equipment to include autoclaves, washer/decontaminator, scopes, and complex laparoscopic instruments.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a wide variety of individuals. For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at

Possess successfully completed at least one-half year of graduate level education (9 semester hours above a Bachelor's degree) with course work that is related to the work of this position such as medical supply processing, storage, and distribution; sterile supplies, operating room, and surgical technician courses; or other fields related to the position as a Medical Supply Technician. Some areas that may be related to this field are nursing, medical technology, medicine, clinical laboratory, biological sciences, and microbiology. NOTE: Transcripts must be submitted with your application materials. Education cannot be credited without documentation. (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED) OR COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Possess the equivalent combinations of successfully completed graduate education and specialized experience, as described above, to meet the total experience requirement. NOTE: Transcripts must be submitted with your application materials. Education cannot be credited without documentation. (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED)

IMPORTANT: 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:

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Usually stands and moves from one part of the room to another while performing duties. There is a frequent requirement for lifting baskets weighing up to twenty-five pounds from floor level to chest level and occasional requirements for similarly lifting baskets weighing up to fifty pounds. Regularly pushes loaded carts weighing several hundred pounds and works them over slight rises such as floor sills. Must be able to read, write, use the computer/bar-coding and organize their workload. Tension and stress are induced by the critical nature of producing work results on a pre-established time frame as well as in emergent situations.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: On a regular and recurring basis, alternates between a contaminated environment and a carefully controlled clean environment. In both, the employee is required to wear special Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) clothing, hair cover, mask/beard cover, full face shield and shoe covers, which can be uncomfortably warm. While handling contaminated medical supplies, the employee will use rubber gloves and an impervious gown. The work area is often hot and humid. The employee is subject to slipping on wet floors. The employee must use padded gloves to remove sterilizers and trays from carts. The employee is subject to burns from accidentally touching hot items, to cuts from both sterile and contaminated instruments, knife blades and needles. Subject to dermatitis from frequent contact with cleaning agents.

Security Clearance


Additional Information

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

Once your online application is submitted you will receive a confirmation notification by email. After the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications per Category Rating procedures to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email. 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.

You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USAJOBS account and clicking Application Status. For a more detailed update of your status, click More Information. Information regarding applicant notification points can be found in the USAJobs Resource Center.


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Telework: 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 for 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 (i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities), and/or disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. For more information on how to apply using this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator within the office, contact the facility Human Resources Department at (713) 791-1414.

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

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.

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more before any Veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at

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

If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

This job originated on For the full announcement and to apply, visit Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

Salary Range: $41,673.00 to $54,180.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0622-6/6

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: US Citizens

Control Number: 472353800

Job Announcement Number: CARZ-10018664-17-LDC