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Central Sterile Processing Technician - UPMC Mercy

  • Job ID: 21000489
  • Status: Full-Time
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • Hours: Varying daylight, evening, and night shifts
  • Shift: Variable
  • Facility: UPMC Mercy
  • Department: Sterile Processing Dept
  • Location: 1400 Locust Street, Pittsburgh PA 15218
  • Union Position: no
  • Salary Range: $15.65 to $24.56 / hour


UPMC Mercy is looking for Central Sterile Processing Technicians to join their Central Sterile team! In this role, you will decontaminate, clean, inspect, assemble, package, sterilize, store, distribute, and document reusable surgical instruments and equipment according to established procedures. If you have previous healthcare experience or have recently graduated from a Sterile Processing program, we invite you to apply today!
This is a regular full-time position that offers varying 8hr shifts of 6:00 am - 2:30 pm, 2:00 pm - 10:30 pm, or 10:00 pm - 6:30 am. We offer a robust career ladder, and our total rewards benefit package that allows you to grow in your career. Apply today to learn more!
Full Time Central Sterile Processing Techs with 2+ years of central sterile experience are eligible for a sign-on bonus of up to $5,000 for a 2-year work commitment!
*Current UPMC employees are not eligible for the sign-on bonus program unless transferring to a new job family.
Title and salary will be determined based upon education and experience. 
At UPMC Mercy, we perform 60-65 surgeries on average in our main operating room and ambulatory surgery center. Central Sterile Processing serves as support to several other departments throughout the hospital including Anesthesia, the Emergency Room, and Cardiology, just to name a few.
Central Sterile Processing Technicians can expect a strong career outlook at UPMC. Current estimates indicate that sterile processing career availability will increase by 10.9% from 2016 to 2026. That amounts to more than 7,600 jobs. Your skills will likely be in demand now and in the future since you'll be responsible for completing some of the most critical tasks within medical organizations.
Once you are working as a sterile processing technician and have acquired several years of experience, you will have the experience & qualifications to be considered for many other opportunities within UPMC to advance your career. Those advances come with earned pay increases.
Many people may think that sterile processing technicians are just cleaners, but the job is so much more important than that. Sterile processing technicians are considered infection preventionists. As a sterile processing technician, doing your job well can mean the difference between life and death. Medical facilities cannot operate without attentive and skilled sterile processing technicians.
Sterile processing departments tend to work around the clock, which means that your schedule could be quite flexible—especially as you become a more experienced sterile processing technician.
Highlighted Department Perks:
  • Flexible scheduling. We have a career ladder in place that promotes career development and advancement. We have a strong team culture with consistently high staff satisfaction scores.
To perform those duties necessary for the proper decontamination, cleaning, inspection, assembly, packaging, sterilization, storage, distribution, and documentation of reusable surgical instrumentation and equipment according to established procedures. Performs other duties as assigned or required.

  • Practices solid verbal and written communication skills, and is able to articulate and translate to other care providers and to negotiate and make recommendations for changes in unit practices
  • Documentation is comprehensive and promotes communication between caregivers.
  • Demonstrates critical thinking in the analysis of clinical, social, safety, psychological and spiritual issues. Incorporates national professional organization as well as business unit and health system's goals to improve patient safety, quality and satisfaction of the patient experience in daily work.
  • Creates a caring and compassionate patient focused experience by building healing relationships with colleagues. Disseminates new knowledge and innovations through presentations, posters, and publications
  • Demonstrates interest in the development of others and positively impacts the lives of patients/families, peers, and members of the healthcare team through mentoring, education, and knowledge sharing. Seeks opportunities to share expertise with other members of the healthcare team within and beyond the clinical unit/department.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of performance improvement tools and techniques. Continuously improves the quality of care and the work environment of outcomes and the integration of research and best practices into daily work. Shares learning from improvements with other units and/or spreads across the business unit or system.
  • Develops and maintains productive working relationships internally and externally by building teams and relationships through mentoring and modeling uplifting and positive communication. Coaches colleagues on cultural diversity and addresses workplace horizontal violence and impairment. Demonstrates accountability to self and others for safe work hours, time management and healthy lifestyles.
  • Demonstrates accountability for professional development that improves the quality of professional practice and the quality of patient care. Makes recommendations for the improvement of clinical care and the health of the workplace and welcomes and participates in change initiatives. Leads by investing and building healthy relationships among colleagues and other disciplines. Shows the ability to set priorities.
  • Conforms and adheres to department policies concerning decontamination, sterile processing, infection control and safety.
  • Cleans and decontaminates reusable equipment, instruments, and supplies, manually and mechanically.
  • Prepares and assembles surgical tray and equipment following established tray listings for issue, storage, or further processing.
  • Monitors, reads, documents, and interprets all parameters for all types of sterilizers to ensure proper function.
  • Maintains a working knowledge of, and is able to effectively troubleshoot, all decontamination/sterilization equipment.
  • Assesses supplies required for prescribed standard surgical procedures and sets up case carts. Maintains inventory, collects, disassembles, inspects, cleans, disinfects and reassembles all instrument trays patient care equipment.
  • Communicates appropriately using good interpersonal skills.
  • Displays awareness of cost containment in the organization of work by using economy in time, motion and material.
  • Participates in performance improvement activities.
  • Develops and improves skills through initiative, attendance and participation at educational programs
  • Participates as a team member and is accountable for own work responsibilities.
  • Demonstrates UPMC's commitment to the Core Values by understanding the needs of patients, their families, physicians, and co-workers and doing what is required the first time, every time by being responsible, sensitive, accurate, timely, coordinated and thorough.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned by authorized personnel or as may be required to meet emergency situations

*Performs in accordance with system-wide competencies/behaviors *Performs other duties as assigned.


  • High school graduate or equivalent.
  • Six months of healthcare experience or currently enrolled in an Accredited Surgical Technician/Sterile Processing Program Preferred
  • Must complete 10 hours of continuing education to remain qualified as a Central Sterile Technician on an annual basis.
Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution or Certified Registered Central Service Technician or International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management certification required.
  • *New employees will have 18 months from the date of hire to obtain the required certification.*
Employees active in a Central Sterile position, on or before the effective date of 12/28/2020, at a healthcare facility, are grandfathered regarding the certification and will not need to obtain it unless they move into a different position that would require certification.
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