This position is for a Biomedical Equipment Support Specialist (BESS) Imaging for VA Boston Healthcare System, Clinical Engineering Service and is located at the Jamaica Plain Campus. The selectee may be required to travel to other VA Boston locations as required for coverage.
The BESS Imaging position provides clinical and administrative support to staff, patients, and administrators for all matter of concern relating to the facility wide lifecycle management of advanced imaging of radiological devices and other medical devices. Biomedical support requires the application of engineering and mechanical concepts and methodology to provide lifecycle management and technical support of diagnostic, therapeutic devices, monitoring, and other equipment utilized in the practice of medicine, and to improve health service delivery system for communities and within individual VA faculties (medical centers, outpatient clinics, and domiciliary). The BESS (Imaging) maintains advanced imaging or radiological devices and other medical equipment using established local, regional and national policies and procedures designed to meet criteria and standards from multiple accrediting agencies and governing bodies.
The duties of the BESS (imaging) position include, but are not limited to:
Lifecycle management of advanced imaging radiological devices to include physical and network support
Complete routine and complex assignments in the installation, maintenance, modification, troubleshooting, repair and calibration of complex medical devices and systems
Coordinates and works effectively with other facility support departments
Troubleshoot and maintains radiology information systems and interfaces with EHR alongside PACS Administrators, OIT, BES (Biomedical Information Systems) and other experts
Performs advanced testing and troubleshooting of advanced imaging or radiological devices
Loads operating system (OS) and clinical application software as needed
Responsible for lifecycle management of other medical devices and system such as life support, dialysis and monitoring to include physical and network support as assigned
Maintains functional knowledge of relevant safety codes and standards of regulatory bodies
Document all work performed in the computerize maintenance management system (CMMS)
Functions as a Contracting Officer Representative (COR) as assigned
Collaborates with Logistics and Contracting to procure parts and services and function as a purchase card holder as needed
Investigates, remediates and documents recalls and safety alerts within established timeframes
Maintains knowledge of the state of the art in medical technology, including scientific advances, network protocols and vendor changes
Provides training and education as appropriate to medical technology end users and clinical staff
Provides mentoring and technical training to peers and development graded BESS
Represents Clinical Engineering department on committees and in meeting as delegated by supervisor
United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
Experience and Education: 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.
Bachelor's degree in Biomedical Engineering Technology or in a related field such as Electronics Engineering Technology (EET) or Information Technology.
Completion of a military training program in biomedical equipment and two years of experience as a Biomedical Equipment Support Specialist or Biomedical Equipment
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 sub-systems.
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.
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 (AAMI).
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 maintenance activities.
Ability to configure and maintain medical servers and desktop computers.
Knowledge of contracting regulations, requirements, and specific contract specifications including performance-based contracts.
Work Schedule: Monday-Friday (8:00am - 4:30pm) with some on-call responsibilities
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. For more information on