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Central Sterile Processing Technician


UPMC Mercy is hiring a Full-Time Central Sterile Processing Technician to join the team! 
This role offers a Sign-On Bonus of up to $5,000 to experienced Central Sterile Techs who qualify! Eligibility varies.
At UPMC Mercy, we perform 60-65 surgeries per day 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.
Applicants will be placed in the appropriate job title and salary from the career ladder based on their individual experience and education.
  • Conforms and adheres to department policies concerning decontamination, sterile processing, infection control and safety
  • Independently manage the department on off-shifts and week-ends or in the absence of the Coordinator.
  • Communicates appropriately using good interpersonal skills.
  • 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.
  • Participates as a team member and is accountable for own work responsibilities
  • 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.
  • Participates in the orientation of new associates.
  • Participates in and coordinates performance improvement activities
  • 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.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned by authorized personnel or as may be required to meet emergency situations.
  • Assumes responsibility for a surgical specialty ensuring that instrumentation is available and maintained in optimum working condition.
  • Cleans and decontaminates reusable equipment, instruments, and supplies, manually and mechanically.
  • Maintains a working knowledge of, and is able to effectively troubleshoot, all decontamination/sterilization equipment.
  • Displays awareness of cost containment in the organization of work by using economy in time, motion and material
  • Develops and improves skills through initiative, attendance and participation at educational programs



  • 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:
Employees active in a Central Sterile position, on or before the effective date 12/27/2020, at a healthcare facility, are grandfathered regarding certification and will not need to obtain it unless they move into a different position that would require certification.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 date of hire to obtain required certification.
  • Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution OR Certified Registered Central Service Technician OR International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management
  • Act 34
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Individuals hired into this role must comply with UPMC’s COVID vaccination requirements upon beginning employment with UPMC. Refer to the COVID-19 Vaccination Information section at the top of this page to learn more.

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