This position is in Dental Service, Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center, Spokane, WA. This position provides support to Dentist in fabricating fixed and removable appliances. Directly collaborates with an Oral Surgeon, General Dentist or the Prosthodontist to design and fabricate complex dental or intra-oral maxillofacial appliances. To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements within 30 days the closing date of this announcement, 12/08/2022. 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 GS9 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-8. 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 as described below: Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-8 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: Use of dental laboratory material such as impression materials, plasters, stones, hydrocolloids, waxes, metals, acrylics, porcelain, and similar materials; Use of laboratory equipment such as hand tools, dental lathes, engines, and hand pieces, furnaces, casting machines, presses, flasks, and related equipment; Use of precision instruments such as articulators, surveyors, and microanalyzers; Construction of dental prosthetic appliances. Note: Licensed professional dentists will be considered qualified if they have, in the aggregate, the required experience in dental laboratory procedures. You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position: Attention to Detail Creative Thinking Customer Service Medicine and Dentistry Quality Assurance Technical Competence 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: Long periods of standing, sitting, and bending are required. It is necessary to climb onto counters to replenish plaster bins. The ability to lift plaster boxes weighing 30 pounds from the floor to the counter to the plaster bins is required. Work Environment: Work involves regular and recurring exposure to potential hazards of plaster dust, fire (open flame), chemical exposure (methylmethacrylates, alcohol, polymers, sterilizing agents) and communicable diseases (exposure to blood, saliva, tissue, bone). The lab technician wears face masks, protective glasses, and uses special aseptic techniques when handling impressions or other items that are a potential infection hazard. The tech works in a clinic setting with some exposure to patients in dental treatment rooms. For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/. ["Use of dental laboratory material such as impression materials, plasters, stones, hydrocolloids, waxes, metals, acrylics, porcelain, and similar materials. Use and maintenance of dental laboratory equipment such as hand tools, dental lathes, engines, and hand pieces, furnaces, casting machines, presses, flasks, and related equipment. Use of precision instruments such as articulators, surveyors, and microanalyzers. Construction of dental prosthetic appliances. Accounts for all precious metals used by keeping accurate records of metal used, patient name, and weight used. Identifies oral anatomy and physiology functions in relationship to fabricating dental prostheses. Able to work with minimal supervision, which consists of close consultation with the dentist on different or unusual cases. Provides education, training, and instruction to other clinic personnel. Responsible for the daily operation of the dental laboratory Fabricates or repairs dental appliances in a timely and accurate manner, including: Full dentures. Removable partial dentures (except fabrication of metal framework); Fixed partial dentures (except porcelain fused to metal cases); Crowns (except porcelain fused to metal cases); Special appliances, including splints, night guards, obturators, etc.; Relines of full and removable partial dentures; Places identification in dentures and hearing aids. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 800-1630 Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Description/PD#: Dental Lab Technician/PD705990 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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