Sterile Technician (Dental)

    • Job Tracking ID: 2021-861
    • 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: August 24, 2021
    • Years of Experience: Less Than 1 Year
    • Starting Date: ASAP
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Job Description:

Summary:  The Sterile Processing Technician performs and participates in decontamination, cleaning, assembling and disassembling, packaging, sterilization, storage and tracking, and distribution of reusable medical and surgical equipment. The technician also manages durable medical equipment.  Records location of new equipment and trains staff in safe use, performs maintenance, tracks major repairs on equipment, and returns equipment to use.

Areas of Responsibility:

  • Follow guidelines, policies, and procedures for sterilization to ensure that medical instruments are completely decontaminated before use.
  • Maintains current knowledge of best practice for cleaning and sterilization according to Joint commission, CDC, and AST (Association of Surgical Technologists).  Maintains certification through continuing education requirements.
  • Responsible for autoclave heat sterilization and cold sterilization of heat sensitive equipment.
  • Understands the use of Standard Precautions for personal protection and basic infection control.
  • Operating and monitoring steam autoclaves, sonic washers, and other sterilizing equipment according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Reviews, troubleshoots, and repairs medical equipment failures. 
  • Cleaning and preventative maintenance sterilizing equipment per protocol by manufacturer and documentation by Joint Commission standards. 
  • Collect all instruments from the team areas and organize surgical instrument sets.
  • Taking inventory and reporting instrument loss, stocking all supplies for sterile processing of instruments.
  • Records sterilizer test results daily M-F.  
  • Cleans and reassembles and tests instruments after decontamination and sterilization.
  • Reports sterilized HLD failures or errors to supervisor immediately.
  • Maintenance of eye wash stations.
  • Maintaining personal protection per OSHA guidelines as it pertains to personal safety, i.e., protective clothing, eyewear, gloves.
  • Monitor biological indicators by using indicators in each package, daily Point of Care sport testing; records and tracks all results to ensure patient safety.
  • Maintain the supply of liquid nitrogen and refill portable bottles for team.
  • Monitors temperatures for refrigerated controls used for point of care laboratory tests.
  • Tracking and maintenance of existing and new medical equipment.
  • Validates the functionality after equipment is returned from being repaired.
  • Ensures that all periodic calibration is completed for equipment used for patient care such as digital blood pressure monitors, scales, and sterilizing equipment.
  • Other duties as required by the organization.

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. 


**New employees are mandated to either provide proof of their COVID vaccination or to receive the vaccine, either through PHC or their own provider, with the first dose of a series required before the first day of employment. Exception to this mandate will be considered for those with a medical or religious exemption.


  • Bachelors of Arts or Science preferred


Desired Skills:

  • Must have the ability to follow detailed instructions.
  • Organizational skills, problem solving skills, communication and customer service skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team in a fast-paced environment.


Licenses and Certifications:

  • Certification as a sterile processing technician required; candidates without certification must complete certification within one year of hire and have experience in the job role or medical assisting or CNA.
  • Candidate must be able to successfully meet PHC’s credentialing and privileging requirements.


Language Skills: English, both written and verbal is required.  Bilingual in English and Spanish, both written and verbal preferred.


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:  MS Office (Word, Excel and Outlook) and web applications.