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Dialysis Water Tech

  • Job ID: 375108166
  • Status: Full-Time
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • Hours: 5:00AM-3:30PM and 12:00PM-10:30PM
  • Shift: Rotating
  • Facility: UPMC Shadyside
  • Department: Hemodialysis
  • Location: 5230 Centre Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15232
  • Union Position: No
  • Salary Range: $16.37 to $25.78 / hour


UPMC is hiring a full-time Dialysis Water Technician for our Hemodialysis department. The hours required are 5:30AM-3:00PM and 12:00PM-10:30PM, applicants must be available for both shifts regularly. Our department is open 364 days a year, so weekends and holidays are required (closed on Christmas day). 

  • Prepare hemodialysis machines for patient use, set up with appropriate dialyzer and concentrates using aseptic technique. At conclusion of treatment, tear down system, clean and sanitize machines.  
  • Perform monthly sanitization of central water system
  • Maintain accurate records on the central water system including sanitization, DI tank changes, carbon bed changes, and repairs by vendor.
  • Participate in the yearly competency validation of staff by the development of audit tools or by performing observations for skill verification
  • Develop productive working relationships with departments that frequently interact with dialysis 
  • Function as a technical / water expert for unit and other dialysis facilitate
  • Take initiative to improve knowledge, skills and performance based on feedback and/or self-identified developmental needs.
  • Review monthly report on equipment due for PM and assist in making equipment available to clinical engineering.
  • Verify that routine safety, maintenance and cleaning procedures are performed and documented on hemodialysis machines.
  • Ensure that cultures and endotoxins are obtained on hemodialysis machines as per unit policy.
  • Verify that hemodialysis machine results meet AAMI standards. 
  • Review culture / endotoxin reports with Medical Director at monthly meeting.
  • Coordinate with the charge nurse the preparation of dialysis machines to ensure that equipment is available and ready for use when needed.
  • Track Phoenix meters, send for PM and recalibration as per schedule.
  • Participate in Continuous Quality Improvement initiatives
  • Serve as the resource person on the operation and maintenance of the central water system.  
  • Serve as the resource for all staff on the operation and maintenance of portable reverse osmosis machines and hemodialysis machines.  
  • Provide instruction on care and operation of dialysis equipment
  • Participate in the orientation of new staff
  • Know and practice procedures related to hazardous waste disposal and chemical usage.
  • Inventory supplies not managed through Central Distribution.  
  • Order supplies to maintain stock levels through eProcurement.
  • Ensure compliance with all ESRD regulations related to water treatment, machine use, environmental safety.  
  • Participate in the evaluation of new dialysis equipment
  • Verify that routine safety, maintenance and cleaning procedures are performed and documented on all water systems
  • Ensure documentation is complete related to required readings and status of water systems
  • Ensure that readings are within parameters and water is safe for use
  • Ensure that monthly water cultures and endotoxin samples are obtained from all water treatment systems and sent
  • Verify that culture and endotoxin results meet AAMI standards 
  • Ensure that machines that do not meet standards are removed from service until standards are met
  • Ensure that water analytics are obtained on all water treatment systems yearly
  • Maintain organized records and monitor for trends
  • Review culture / endotoxin reports and other records with Medical Director at monthly meeting
  • Appropriately respond to emergent situations i.e. central water system failure, to ensure appropriate / safe treatment of patients


  • High School Diploma or equivalent.
  • Previous hospital or medical training (LPN, EMT, medical assistant, nursing assistant, etc.) preferred.
  • Successful completion of the UPMC clinical dialysis technician training program, CPR/BLS certification

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
  • Act 34

  • UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

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