Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Medical Technician in Cleveland, Ohio

Job Overview

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1981180

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 Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center is a 673-bed tertiary healthcare facility which provides care to over 100,000 veterans in northern Ohio. We provide care through our main medical facility at the Wade Park campus, 13 community based outpatient clinics, and 3 vet centers. The medical center has been recognized for more programs of excellence than any other Veterans Affairs Medical Center. These programs of excellence include: Open Heart Surgery, Care of the Seriously Mentally Ill, Geriatric Evaluation and Management, Substance Abuse Care, Spinal Cord Injury Care, Medical Care of the Homeless, Domiciliary Care of the Homeless, Functional Electrical Stimulation, Advance Platform Technology, Primary Care Education, and Patient-Centered Specialty Care Education. We are a teaching hospital providing a full range of patient care services to Veterans with state-of-the art service ER for both general acute care and psychiatric care and comprehensive reference clinical laboratory. With us, you will find a challenging, yet rewarding career experience.

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 the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document.


The Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center is recruiting for a Medical Technician. The Medical Technician will function in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service. The Medical Technician duties include:

  • Identifying proper patient information, sample procurement and specimen labeling
  • Performing phlebotomy procedures following a sequence of steps approved for sample collection
  • Receiving requests for testing and specimens into the laboratory
  • Verifying the accuracy and completeness of Specimen Receipt and Processing
  • Notifying the laboratory Medical Technologists of the need for emergency testing
  • Receiving all specimens that are sent to commercial reference laboratories for testing
  • Performing advanced phlebotomy services
  • Performing on-demand collection
  • Training new employees/students in all aspects of phlebotomy
  • Verifying specimen collection for all reference laboratory tests

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 12:00 p.m. (noon) - 8:00 p.m., with rotating weekends and holidays; the tour of duty for weekends and holidays is either 2:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. or 4:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. (midnight), depending on needs of the service

Position Description (PD) number: 50802-A

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.

Supervisory Status


Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Who May Apply
This job is open to…

Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)

Questions? This job is open to 2 groups.

Job Requirements

Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
  • Occupational physical may be required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

In order to qualify for this position, you must meet the following requirements within 15 calendar days of the closing date listed on the announcement:

  • Time in grade: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a General Schedule (GS) grade at any point in the last 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements. There are no time-in-grade restrictions for a GS-04 position.
  • Applicants must be eligible under the VA Interchange Agreement, having served continuously for at least one year in the other merit system under this interchange agreement. For more information regarding the VA Interchange Agreement please visit:
  • All Title 38 Veterans Canteen Service (VCS) employees must have served in their Excepted Service position for at least 90 days in order to be eligible for a position within the Competitive Service.
  • Applicants who were previously selected under a Competitive Delegating Examining Unit (DEU) announcement must have served in their position for at least 90 days prior to being eligible for other positions within the Competitive Service.

In addition to the qualifications above you must also have:


Must possess six (6) months of general experience and six (6) months of specialized experience to qualify for the GS-04 level in Federal service. General experience is defined as experience that demonstrates the applicant's ability to perform work of a Medical Technician, or experience that provided a familiarity with the subject matter or processes of the broad subject area of the work required of a Medical Technician. Specialized experience is defined as experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the position of the Medical Technician. Examples of specialized experience are as follows: a.) technical medical laboratory support work such as performing laboratory tests and examinations (chemical, microbiological, hematologic and blood banking), performing venipuncture for blood collection, processing laboratory specimen, utilizing a laboratory information system to input and/or retrieve data, and preparing reports of findings; or b.) technical support work in a closely related field, e.g. biological laboratory technician work that required application of the methods and techniques for a Medical Technician.



Must possess successful completion of (a) an associate-degree course of study of which the 2nd year of the 2-year program included successful completion of a training course of approximately a year's duration in a certified laboratory assistant school approved by a nationally recognized accrediting agency; (b) 1 year of study that included 9 semester hours in chemistry and/or the biological sciences, plus successful completion of a full-time training course of approximately a year's duration in a medical or clinical laboratory assistant (or technician) school that included instruction in chemistry, hematology, blood banking, and microbiology (including serology) and that, in addition, included supervised laboratory practice incident to the diagnosis process and the treatment of patients; or (c) 2 years of study that included at least 12 semester hours of chemistry and/or biological science course work that must have been directly related to the specialization of the Medical Technician position. (Transcripts must be provided).



Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at the GS-4 level. This is computed by determining your total qualifying experience as a percentage of the experience required; then determining your education as a percentage of the education required; then adding the two percentages. The total percentages must equal at least 100% to qualify. To compute the percentage, divide your total months of qualifying experience by 12. Then divide your semester hours of undergraduate education by 60; then add the two percentages together. The total percentage must equal at least 100% to qualify. (Transcripts must be provided).

A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

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; religious; 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: 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: Applicant must possess the ability to do the following: walking, standing, kneeling and repeated bending; pushing, pulling hand over hand and reaching above the shoulders; ability to distinguish basic colors and shades of colors; using both hands, both legs and both eyes is required; meet all other physical requirements to satisfactorily perform the duties of the proposed assignment, and may include requisite laboratory and other screening as required by Federal regulatory agencies.

Security Clearance


Additional Information

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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Areas of Consideration – Applicants will be considered based on the following areas of consideration.

  • First Area of Consideration (facility employees) – Current, permanent Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center (CBOC's included), permanent employees of the Veteran Canteen Service assigned to this facility, Office of Information & Technology employees assigned to this facility, CPAC bargaining unit employees located at the Cleveland VAMC, and Virtual CBOPC bargaining unit employees under station 741 located at the Cleveland VAMC.
  • Second Area of Consideration (other VA employees) – Current, permanent Department of Veterans Affairs Employees (VA employees who are located at other VA medical centers).
  • Third Area of Consideration (status candidates) - Current, permanent Federal employees, former Federal employees with reinstatement rights, and VEOA eligible (separated under honorable conditions after three or more years of continuous active service or preference eligible).

VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently offered: .

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.

Other Information

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) - provides 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 90 or more before any Veteran preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligible is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website (

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.

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.

Open & closing dates: 2017-07-13 to 2017-08-02

Salary: $33,164 to $40,814 / per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 04

Series: 0645 Medical Technician

Appointment type: Permanent

Work schedule: Full Time

Job announcement number: FZ-17-CB-1981180-BU

Control number: 473302900