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Medical Equipment Preparers

Also called: Central Service Technician (CST), Central Sterile Supply Technician (CSS Technician), Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST), Sterile Processing Technician (Sterile Processing Tech)

Where in the Air Force? In the Air Force: Biomedical Equipment; Biomedical Equipment Helper; Medical Materiel; Medical Materiel Helper; Surgical Service; Surgical Service Apprentice, Otolaryngology; Surgical Service Craftsman, Orthopedics; Surgical Service Helper; Surgical Service Helper, Urology; Surgical Service Journeyman, Otolaryngology

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What they do:
Prepare, sterilize, install, or clean laboratory or healthcare equipment. May perform routine laboratory tasks and operate or inspect equipment.
On the job, you would:
  • Operate and maintain steam autoclaves, keeping records of loads completed, items in loads, and maintenance procedures performed.
  • Clean instruments to prepare them for sterilization.
  • Record sterilizer test results.

Knowledge

Business
  • customer service
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Math and Science
  • biology
Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • manufacture and distribution of products

Skills

Basic Skills
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilities

Verbal
  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking
Hand and Finger Use
  • hold or move items with your hands
  • keep your arm or hand steady

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Cooperation
  • Independence
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Integrity

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Data base user interface and query software
  • Database software
  • Sharepoint Portal Server
Calendar and scheduling software
  • Calendar software
  • McKesson ANSOS One-Staff
Inventory management software
  • Inventory tracking software
  • Pyxis MedStation software

Education

Education: (rated 2 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
certificate after high school
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Salary
$37,440
$26,530
$56,910
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