Sterilization Technician

    • Job Tracking ID: 512365-651953
    • Job Location: Rohnert Park, CA
    • Job Level: Entry Level (less than 2 years)
    • Level of Education: High School/GED
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: October 03, 2018
    • Years of Experience: Up to 2 Years
    • Starting Date: ASAP
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Job Description:

The Petaluma Health Center’s mission is to provide high quality health care, with access for all, in Southern Sonoma County. The Center accomplishes this mission through collaborative, innovative programs, services and referral resources that meet the economic needs of the entire community.

The Petaluma Health Center is an eight-time award winner in the North Bay Business Journal’s Best Places to Work for 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2009 and we were named as one of '2015 Healthiest Companies in the North Bay' by the North Bay Business Journal.

We are a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that provides primary medical care and mental health services to residents of Petaluma, Rohnert Park, Cotati, Penngrove and surrounding areas. We are organized as a private, non-profit corporation and governed by a consumer and community led Board of Directors.

For more information about us, please visit us at

Position Title: Sterilization Technician

Summary: The Sterilization Technician promotes a safe and clean environment for the delivery of quality dental care. The Sterilization technician cleans, disinfects, sterilizes and packages instruments and follows standard precautions, OSHA requirements and dental board regulations.

Areas of Responsibility:


  • Keeps sterilization area clean and organized
  • Proficient at the use and maintenance of the Bio Sonic, Hydrim, Statim, Quattro care, M11, M3 and other sterilization and maintenance equipment.
  • Checks instruments before wrapping and assists with inventory control
  • Labels the cassettes and pouches accurately
  • Monitors sterilization via physical, chemical and biological indicators
  • Conducts and records spore testing per protocol
  • Keeps accurate sterilization records
  • Stores sterilized instruments according to protocol
  • Restocks the sterilization room
  • Serves as an infection control officer, follows infection control protocols and sterilizes and disinfects instruments and equipment

Dental Operatories and Equipment:

  • Prepares and maintains with accuracy and efficiency dental instruments, supplies and equipment
  • Restocks the operatories
  • Cleans, maintains and sets up operatories efficiently before and after procedures
  • Cleans traps and vacuum lines in operatories
  • Closes operatories at the end of the day
  • Makes sure that dental units, x-rays machines, computers, vacuum and compressor are turned off at the end of the day


  • Conducts work in compliance with office policies and procedures, safety guidelines, OSHA, MSDS guidelines and the Dental Board of CA and COMDA

Other Duties:

  • Assists with other duties as directed

Experience and Skills:

Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.


  • High school graduate or equivalent preferred

Desired Skills:

  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to perform detailed work according to established formats and protocols

Language Skills: Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions and requests from patients, co-workers, and others as necessary.

Mathematical Skills: Ability to add, subtract, multiply, divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions and decimals.

Reasoning Ability: Ability to recognize problems, collect data and establish facts.

Computer Skills: Proficient in MS Office (Word and Outlook) and use of a web browser.

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Movement within health center complex environment repeatedly throughout the day
  • Ability to write by hand, use phone, use computer keyboard and mouse extensively to perform general office functions
  • Manual wrist and finger dexterity and wrist-finger speed sufficient to perform repetitive actions for extended periods of time
  • Repetitive motion with word processing and data entry
  • Ability to effectively communicate by hearing continuously and speech in a manner which can be understood by a diverse population
  • Ability to give and follow verbal and written instructions with attention to detail and accuracy
  • Must have visual acuity near and far (20 inches to 20 feet), depth perception, field of vision, ability to focus on an object, ability to identify and distinguish colors
  • Ability to sit or stand for extended periods of time (minimum periods of one (1) hour at a time)
  • Ability to frequently walk, bend, squat, stoop, kneel, twist, crouch, and climb with the use of a step stool
  • Ability to grasp, hold and pick up and reach with hands and arms
  • Ability to frequently lift and or move up to fifteen (15) pounds
  • Ability to occasionally lift and carry up to twenty-five (25) pounds (periodic lifting of supplies or equipment)
  • Ability to coordinate multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Ability to travel to and from other health center sites and community locations

Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.