Sutter Health Sterile Processing Technician in Mountain View, California

Job Summary:

Follows approved infection control, quality assurance and departmental policies and procedures, collects, cleans, decontaminates, disinfects and/or sterilizes surgical instrumentation. Provides services for the Surgery Center and Palo Alto Medical Foundation Clinics and Medical offices.

Principal Accountabilities:

  • Identifies, inspects and assembles all general medical instruments

  • Tests equipment and follows appropriate QA guidelines

  • Attaches scope to leak tester and performs leak tests while wearing protective equipment

  • Reports any leaks to manager or supervisor.

  • Selects appropriate sterilization method and cycle following guidelines of device and sterilizer manufacturers, Sterile Processing Department and professional organizations (eg ANSI/AAMI, AORN, etc.)

  • Inspects, disassembles, sorts, cleans and processes reusable instrumentation and equipment.

  • Follows the commitment to excellence and treats patients, families, visitors and each other with courtesy, dignity, respect and professionalism.

  • Performs other duties and responsibilities as assigned by management.


  • High school graduate or equivalent

  • Minimum 6 months sterile processing experience.

  • Completed Sterile Processing Technician course with 200 hours internship


  • Current certification as a Certified Sterile Processing & Distribution Technician (CSPDT) by the Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution or as a Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST) by the International Association of Healthcare Central Service and Material Management.


  • Knowledge of sterilization monitoring , record keeping and quality assurance protocols

  • Knowledge of surgical equipment such as washer/ decontaminators, steam and gas sterilizers, endoscopic equipment and cleaners, etc.

  • Knowledge of how to properly clean/decontaminate basic medical and surgical instrument and equipment

  • Understands the principles of sterilization.


  • Ability to learn new skills in a timely manner, absorbing details and applying learned skills

  • Ability to read, comprehend and follow organizational and departmental policies and procedures

  • Ability to adapt to changing situations under pressure

  • Demonstrates ability to work with minimal supervision

  • Basic computer skills to include keyboarding, mouse movement and data entry skills to enter information into practice management and EHR.

  • Ability to effectively organize and prioritize tasks in order to complete assignments within the time allotted and maintain standard workflow

  • Ability to work with others in a flexible and cooperative manner

  • Ability to maintain composure during challenging interpersonal interactions

  • Verbal/written communication and active listening skills; including excellent interpersonal skills

  • Demonstrates ability to accept, implement and evaluate change.

Organization: *Palo Alto Medical Foundation

Title: Sterile Processing Technician

Location: California-Peninsula/South Bay and Santa Cruz-Mountain View

Requisition ID: PAMF-1711915

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, registered domestic partner status, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, ancestry, national origin (including possession of a driver's license issued to individuals who did not present proof of authorized presence in the U.S.), age, medical condition, physical or mental disability, military or protected veteran status, political affiliation, pregnancy or perceived pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or related medical condition, genetic information or any other characteristic made unlawful by local, state, or federal law, ordinance or regulation. External hires must pass a background check/drug screening. Qualified applicants with arrest and/or conviction records will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with Federal, state, and local laws, including but not limited to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.