Dental Laboratory Technician GS-8 engaged in fabricating acrylic crowns, bridges, or dentures. works with a minimum of supervision. The Chief of the Dental Service makes assignments and inspects completed work for precision. workmanship and conformity with the prescription. While dentists are available for consultation should unusual problems arise, Dental Laboratory Technician GS-8 is expected to resolve the majority of such problems independently. To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 03/20/2023. 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 GS-08 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-07. 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. Preferred Experience: 3+ years dental laboratory experience. Individual Occupational Requirements for Dental Laboratory Aid and Technician Series, 0683 You must meet one of the individual occupational requirements listed below: Possess applicable specialized experience. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include: 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; se of precision instruments such as articulators, surveyors, and microanalyzers; and Construction of dental prosthetic appliances. Possess applicable education. Successfully completed a full 4-year apprenticeship program consisting of at least 2000 hours a year. A licensed professional dentist and possess experience in dental laboratory procedures. In addition to meeting the Individual Occupational Requirements you must meet meet the following specialized experience: Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-07 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: utilize dental terminology to effectively communicate with peers, supervisor, and dental providers; 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; and construction of dental prosthetic appliances. You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position: Attention to Detail Chemistry Clerical Compliance Inspection Customer Service Flexibility Interpersonal Skills Problem Solving 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: Being able to lift bags of plaster or stone (weighing 35 pounds). The job requires some periods of uninterrupted standing while boiling out, packing and finishing dentures; being exposed to non- toxic acrylic resins and monomers used in appliance fabrication. 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/. ["Duties for the position include but are not limited to: Surveys master casts for partial dentures to implement design prescribed by the dentist. Using a surveying instrument, assures the most favorable path for the insertion of the denture. Studies master cast to identify the undercuts and teeth to be used for retention of the denture and blocks out undesirable undercuts. Considers the number and location of missing teeth, the arc shape, and contour of remaining natural teeth, tissue formation, and other anatomic features, in designing those portions of the dental restoration not pre-indicated by the dentist. Sets up and contours artificial teeth for full and partial dentures when this work is complicated by the acute abnormalities to be overcome. Surveys, interprets designs, and fabricates fixed, semifixed, or removable partial dentures or complete dentures for cases that involve such abnormalities as acute malocclusion, or other conditions that present particular problems in (1) providing for retention of the denture, and (2) improving or restoring mastication or other mouth functions. Constructs acrylic crowns, bridges when this involves (1) forming and carving a wax pattern of the size, contour, and characteristics required, (2) investing and boiling out the pattern, (3) mixing acrylic dough of the prescribed color shades, and (4) packing, curing, characterizing (applying designated markings to simulate the appearance of the natural tooth), and finishing the case. Constructs stone, amalgam, or casts with removable dies, for use in fabricating crowns, inlays, or fixed partial dentures. This involves (1) checking and boxing the impression, (2) mixing and pouring the material from which the die is to be made, (3) processing the poured impression; using the materials and sequence of techniques appropriate to the type of die being constructed. Checks completed dies for exact reproduction of the tooth to be restored and for the exact reproduction of its relationship to surrounding and occluding teeth. Fabricates porcelain crowns, fixed partial dentures, and (1) making a wax pattern, (2) sprucing, investing and casting gold, (3) finishing the casting to permit the porcelain to be fused directly to the gold, and (4) opaquing and firing the opaqued gold. Mixes and blends porcelain powders with distilled water and forms an anatomically accurate reproduction of the tooth. Fires porcelain in a high temperature vacuum furnace. Trims and finishes the tooth to the precise fit and contour required and applies and bakes the final glaze. Fabricates acrylic or cast metal splints for the reduction or fixation of maxillary and mandibular fractures, or obturators to close an opening in the palate. The fabrication of dental implants involves (1) duplicating the Cast, (2) following the dentist's prescription in fabricating the splint, (3) shipping and adapting wire hinges, and (4) waxing, flasking, packing, processing, and finishing acrylic splints; or (1) blocking out undercuts and duplicating the master cast, (2) designing, waxing & investing, casting & finishing, and polishing cast metal lingual splints. The fabrication of dental obturators involves (1) making dentist-designed individualized impression trays and the master and duplicate casts, (2) surveying, designing blocking-out waxing & investing, casting, and finishing the framework and metal parts and (3) packing processing and finishing the appliance. Other related duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday; 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; Tour of duty subject to change to meet the needs of the Agency Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Description/PD#: Dental Lab Technician/PD5034-A Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized PCS Appraised Value Offer (AVO): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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