SEIU Materials Processing Spec

Rochester, NY


Inspects, assembles, packages and sterilizes surgical instrument pans, procedural trays, technical equipment, and surgical case carts for the OR, Ambulatory Care Facilities, Hospital Units and Research Clinics. Operates sterilizers; prepares and dispenses sterile items; inspects and stocks supplies; performs inspection, adjusting, cleaning and general servicing of instruments and equipment supplied by the Materials for Surgical Services department to insure instruments and equipment are operating properly prior to issuing.




Sterilizers, heat sealers, ultrasonic washer, aerator, utensil washer, cart wash, steris units, hand and power tools, calibration instruments, repair equipment and parts.


  1. Inspects, assembles, packages and sterilizes surgical instrument pans, procedural trays, technical equipment, and surgical case carts: selects method of packaging and sterilization consulting with Processing Manager as needed, examines surgical instrumentation for cleanliness and proper assembly and function; assembles instrument sets ensuring appropriate number and type of instrument per ESI software program protocols; handles instruments appropriately to ensure sterilization; completes count/supply sheets to document contents of tray; follows established procedures to package/wrap trays/instruments to guarantee sterilization.

  2. Operates steam sterilizers in accordance with established procedures; checks time, pressure and temperature gauges frequently to attain and maintain proper levels; loads and unloads sterilizers and places items on shelves for distribution. Performs simple maintenance of sterilizers such as cleaning drain baskets. Assures sterility is achieved by preparing cultures, reviewing test packs processed, interprets the results and completes required documentation.

  3. Checks and adjusts medical equipment according to specific procedures to insure instruments and equipment are operating according to specifications prior to issuing. Sends all equipment not meeting specifications to appropriate area for repair.

  4. Decontaminates surgical instruments and equipment following established procedures; prevents cross-contamination per established procedures. Sets up decontamination equipment for operation, cleans and disinfects equipment and work area upon completion of shift, and handles infectious waste and linen according to established protocol to ensure continuous workflow and compliance with department, legal, and regulatory standards.

  5. Receives and stores supplies from outside vendors and Hospital areas; checks stock as it is received against requisitions; documents stock received and reports discrepancies; assists in maintaining par levels of inventory. Documents and fills orders for surgical supplies for patient care areas; delivers supplies when warranted. Maintains records of equipment inventory use, frequency of servicing and equipment not meeting specifications that are referred for repair.

  6. Responsible for quality assurance on all sterile supplies and instruments. Performs daily quality assurance checks on stock levels, sterility dates, and accuracy of procedure carts. Responsible for critical documentation such as biologicals and sterilizer load sheets.


One year of post-secondary education and 1 year of related materials processing experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Certification as a Registered Central Sterile Processing Distribution Technician preferred. Computer experience and knowledge of medical terminology preferred.

If hired on or after January 1, 2014, candidate must pass a nationally accredited central service exam for central service technicians; and hold and maintain one of the following credentials administered by a nationally accredited central service technician credentialing organization within eighteen months of hire: certified registered central service technician credential; certified sterile processing and distribution technician credential; or a substantially equivalent credential.

In addition, twelve CEU credits must be obtained annually. If hired on or before December 31, 2013, ten CEU credits must be obtained annually.

The University of Rochester is committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion to advance the University’s mission to Learn, Discover, Heal, Create – and Make the World Ever Better. In support of our values and those of our society, the University is committed to not discriminating on the basis of age, color, disability, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, military/veteran status, national origin, race, religion/creed, sex, sexual orientation, citizenship status, or any other status protected by law. This commitment extends to the administration of our policies, admissions, employment, access, and recruitment of candidates from underrepresented populations, veterans, and persons with disabilities consistent with these values and government contractor Affirmative Action obligations.

How To Apply

All applicants must apply online.

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Pay Range

Pay Range: $ 17.06 - $ 23.34 Hourly

The referenced pay range represents the first and last step pay rates for this job, as set forth in the applicable collective bargaining agreement. Individual pay will be set in accordance with terms of the applicable collective bargaining agreement.

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