Medical Supply Technician (Sterile Processing) Syracuse, NY

Department Of Veterans Affairs Syracuse , NY 13201

Posted 3 weeks ago

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This position specializes in but is not limited to inventory management, decontamination, packaging, sterilization and distribution of supplies, instruments and equipment which provide total supply support to all clinical areas of the medical center including the operating room, dental service, outpatient clinics, wards, nursing homes, domiciliary and the CBOCs.

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Duties and Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Disassembles Supply items:

  • The incumbent properly disassembles supply items avoiding damage or unnecessary wear.

  • The incumbent Independently determines appropriate methods, avoiding damage or undue wear.

  • The incumbent properly disassembles equipment, supply items and instruments avoiding damage or unnecessary wear following established procedures.

Cleans Supply Items:

  • The MST (Medical Supply Technician) removes gross contamination by soaking in a germicide, washing with a detergent-blood solvent, scrubbing with a brush, rinsing in tap water or washing in a washer-decontaminator or ultrasonic unit.

  • The incumbent decontaminates the full range of reusable medical supplies and equipment according to established procedures.

  • The MST examines items visually and practically to ensure acceptable condition and package items or assemble sets or trays.

Examines Condition of Supply Items:

  • The incumbent visually examines items for damage, deterioration, or imperfections such as rust, pitting, and cracks, using selected methods to test or visually inspect items for damage or wear.

  • The MST operates medical equipment to determine whether it operates correctly after re-assembly and if needed sends malfunctioning or damaged equipment to the equipment technician for repair.

  • The incumbent examines the full range of reusable medical supplies and equipment according to established procedures.

Assembles/Packages/Wraps/Sterilizes Supply Items:

  • The MST assembles trays or sets, attaches chemical indicator tape and sterilizes according to guidelines.

  • The incumbent sterilizes items comparing control tests to determine that correct parameters (e.g. time, temperature, and pressure) were obtained.

  • The incumbent removes trays of instruments from pre-sterilizing equipment, inspects items to be sure that gross contamination has been removed.

  • The MST sorts the instruments by size and type, and re-assembles trays and sets based on recognition of key items or inventory needs.

  • The incumbent use care in packing to protect points, cutting edges and delicate instruments and to insure effective penetration of sterilizing medium.

  • The incumbent monitors and documents the operation of the sterilizers with prescribed tests and reports any unusual readings to lead tech and chief of SPD.

  • The MST removes carts and packages from the sterilizers when the cycle is completed and inspects packages for indications of proper sterilization.

  • The incumbent aerates gas-sterilized packages for appropriate times.

  • The MST labels items to show date of sterilization.

  • The MST monitors and documents biological indicators, chemical indicators, bowie dick tests and examines equipment printouts to assure that all sterilization parameters have been met prior to release to end user.

  • The incumbent will bring all questionable results to the lead tech and the SPD chief's attention through established reporting procedures.

Distributes Supply Items to Wards, Clinic Units or Operating Rooms:

  • The incumbent distributes items according to established requirements, special requests or as requisitioned.

  • The MST performs daily inventories of wards or units supply areas and replenishes to appropriate stock levels. Consults with customers on items in short supply or out of stock, recommending possible substitutions keeping the inventory management staff informed.

  • The MST assembles and sends case carts to the operating room utilizing picking tickets and checklists.

Receives/Stores/Controls Supply Items Stock:

  • The incumbent assists in receiving stock and placing in the proper areas for distribution as needed. Assists with quarterly and annual inventory.

  • The MST performs other related duties as assigned. Rotates to all positions as needed within SPD, specifically; scanning and stocking all clinical areas of the medical center including the operating room, decontamination, package prep and sterilization, clean / sterile storage including checking package integrity, checking outdates and performing weekly cleaning of shelving, equipment and flat work surfaces not cleaned by housekeeping staff.

Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 3:00-11:30 pm, based on agency needs

Financial Disclosure Report:Not required

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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0622 Medical Supply Aide And Technician

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Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job

  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required

  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959

  • You may be required to serve a probationary period

  • Subject to a background/security investigation

  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English

  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process



a. Citizenship. Citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter 3, Section A, paragraph 3g.)

b. Experience and/or Education

(1) Experience. Six months of experience that demonstrates the applicant's ability to perform the work or provides an understanding of the work; or

(2) Education. One year above high school that included at least 6 semester hours in health care related courses such as sterile processing, nursing assistant, hospital corpsman, and operating room and surgical technician courses or other courses related to the position; or

(3) Experience/Education Combination. Equivalent combination of experience and education are qualifying for entry level for which both education and experience are acceptable.

c. Certification. None.

d. Foreign Education. To be creditable, education completed outside the U.S. must have been submitted to a private organization that specializes in the interpretation of foreign educational credentials and such education must have been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U. S. programs.

e. Physical Requirements. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

f. English Language Proficiency. MSTs must be proficient in spoken and written English

in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j, this part.


GS-04 (Developmental Level)

(a) Experience: Six (6) months experience as an MST, operating room or surgical technician or other position that demonstrated knowledge of sterile processing in a clinical setting or:

(b) Education: Two (2) years of education above high school that included at least 12 semester hours in courses related to the occupation. Note: Successful completion of a course for Medical Technicians, hospital corpsmen, medical service specialist, or nursing assistant obtained in a training program given by the Armed Forces, the U.S. Maritime service, or hospitals under close medical and professional supervision, may be substituted on a month-to-month basis for up to six (6) months of experience .

(c) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience or education above, the candidate must demonstrate the KSAs below:

  • Knowledge of universal precautions for safety and prevention of cross contamination.

  • Basic knowledge of medical terminology in order to assemble specialty operating room/clinic instrument sets.

  • Basic knowledge of sterilization and cleaning equipment.

  • Ability to communicate both orally and in writing.

GS-05 (Developmental Level)

(a) Experience: One year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level; or

(b) Education: Four academic years above high school leading to a Bachelor's degree with at least 12 semester hours in courses related to the occupation or a Bachelor's degree.

(c) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: In addition to the experience or education above, the candidate must demonstrate the KSAs below:

  • Basic knowledge of surgical instruments used in operating rooms and clinic settings.

  • Basic knowledge of event-related packaging in regards to sterility.

  • Knowledge of sterilization and cleaning equipment.

GS-06 (Full Performance Level)

(a) Experience: One year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level.

(b) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the KSAs below:

  • Knowledge of surgical instruments used in operating rooms and clinic settings

  • Knowledge of universal precautions for safety and prevention of cross contamination.

  • Working knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, microbiology, medical conditions and procedures.

  • Knowledge of sterility principles in regards to instrumentation.

  • Ability to read and interpret written instructions and procedures.


IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit:

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Medical Supply Technician (Sterile Processing) Syracuse, NY

Department Of Veterans Affairs