Medical Equipment Preparers

Prepare, sterilize, install, or clean laboratory or healthcare equipment. May perform routine laboratory tasks and operate or inspect equipment.

Median Annual Wage: $32,260

Education: High school diploma or equivalent (44%); Post-secondary certificate (31%); Bachelor's degree (15%)

Projected Growth: Faster than average (15% to 21%)

Related Job Titles: Central Sterile Supply Technician (CSS Technician); Sterile Processing Technician; Central Processing Technician (CPT); Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST); Sterile Preparation Technician; Sterile Processing and Distribution Technician (SPD Technician); Sterile Technician; Instrument Technician; Central Service Technician (CST); Sterilization Technician

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Source: O*NET OnLine information for Medical Equipment Preparers.

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  • Clean instruments to prepare them for sterilization.
  • Record sterilizer test results.
  • Organize and assemble routine or specialty surgical instrument trays or other sterilized supplies, filling special requests as needed.
  • Examine equipment to detect leaks, worn or loose parts, or other indications of disrepair.
  • Report defective equipment to appropriate supervisors or staff.
  • Maintain records of inventory or equipment usage and order medical instruments or supplies when inventory is low.
  • Stock crash carts or other medical supplies.
  • Start equipment and observe gauges and equipment operation to detect malfunctions and to ensure equipment is operating to prescribed standards.
  • Check sterile supplies to ensure that they are not outdated.
  • Attend hospital in-service programs related to areas of work specialization.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Medical Equipment Preparers.

  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Medical Equipment Preparers.

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