This position is located within the Dental Service at the Fresno VA Medical Center, in Fresno, CA. This position designs and fabricates complex dental prostheses/appliances. 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. You may qualify based on your experience and/or education as described below: 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: 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. OR, Education: Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have successfully completed 1.5 years of graduate education that is directly related to the work of this position as a Dental Laboratory Technician. Note: One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent one year of full-time study; if that number cannot be obtained from the transcript, 18 semester hours will be considered as one full academic year of graduate study. (Transcripts Required) . OR, Combination: Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at this level. You must have a combination of specialized experience and education as described above to fully meet the requirements of this position. (Transcripts Required) You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position: Communication Manufacturing 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 in order 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 involves regular and recurring exposure to potential hazards of plaster dust, fire, and chemical exposure (alcohol, polymers, disinfectant agents). 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/. ["Performs dental laboratory work that involves mostly removable prosthetics: Pours impressions, trims and mounts casts, fabricates a variety of dental appliances including complete and partial dentures from custom tray to process and finish (except casting the partial metal frameworks), stay plates with wire clasps, night guards, and also performs full and partial denture relines and repairs. Duties for the position include but are not limited to: Collaborates with providers to design and fabricate complex dental or intra-oral appliances. works with providers in developing the design of the appliance fabricates, or oversees the fabrication of the appliance from beginning to end resolves problems in its fabrication Constructs routine full and partial dentures, dental splints and obturators, model work for fixed prostheses and other laboratory products to support the treatment needs of staff dentists. Uses the most current technology to fabricate these complex intra-oral appliances. 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. Consults with patients concerning their complaints regarding the esthetics of any present prosthesis. 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. Researches latest materials and technology associated with prosthesis fabrication and modification or repair. Educates and instructs the patients on the cleansing and usage of the prostheses The dental laboratory technician is under the supervision of the Chief of Dental Service. In addition, he/she is under the limited supervision of the dentists who schedule the specific case work and discuss the requirements of each case with the lab technician, but who rely on the technician to utilize their expertise, ingenuity, and creativity to complete the care. Essentially, this work is performed independently, and the technician is expected to resolve any design and construction problems. 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/PD022370 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized. Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required."]
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