Medical Equipment Preparers
SOC: 31-9093.00


Prepare, sterilize, install, or clean laboratory or healthcare equipment. May perform routine laboratory tasks and operate or inspect equipment.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
52,000 employed

Projected (2024):
59,300 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Bandage Maker
  • Central Processing Technician (CPT)
  • Central Service Technician (CST)
  • Central Sterile Supply Technician (CSS Technician)
  • Central Sterile Technician
  • Central Sterilization Technician
  • Central Supply Processing Department Technician (CSPDT)
  • Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST)
  • Certified Registered Central Services Technician (CRCST)
  • Clinical Laboratory Aide
  • Equipment Technician
  • Health Equipment Servicer
  • Hot Packer
  • Inhalation Therapy Aide
  • Instrument Technician
  • Laboratory Equipment Cleaner
  • Laboratory Worker, Washing or Cleaning Laboratory Apparatus
  • Material Reprocessing Associate (MRA)
  • Medical Supply Technician
  • Oxygen Equipment Aide
  • Oxygen Equipment Preparer
  • Pathology Laboratory Aide
  • Respiratory Therapy Aide
  • Reuse Technician
  • Sanitarian Aide
  • Sanitary Aide
  • Service Technician
  • Sterile Preparation Technician
  • Sterile Processing and Distribution Technician (SPD Tech)
  • Sterile Processing and Distribution Technician (SPD Technician)
  • Sterile Processing Technician
  • Sterile Technician
  • Sterilization Specialist
  • Sterilization Technician
  • Sterilizer
  • Surgery Technician (Surgery Tech)
  • Surgical Technician

  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed


    Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.


    These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Installation
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Organize and assemble routine or specialty surgical instrument trays or other sterilized supplies, filling special requests as needed.
  • Clean instruments to prepare them for sterilization.
  • Operate and maintain steam autoclaves, keeping records of loads completed, items in loads, and maintenance procedures performed.
  • Record sterilizer test results.
  • Disinfect and sterilize equipment such as respirators, hospital beds, or oxygen or dialysis equipment, using sterilizers, aerators, or washers.
  • Start equipment and observe gauges and equipment operation to detect malfunctions and to ensure equipment is operating to prescribed standards.
  • Examine equipment to detect leaks, worn or loose parts, or other indications of disrepair.
  • Report defective equipment to appropriate supervisors or staff.
  • Check sterile supplies to ensure that they are not outdated.
  • Attend hospital in-service programs related to areas of work specialization.
  • Purge wastes from equipment by connecting equipment to water sources and flushing water through systems.
  • Deliver equipment to specified hospital locations or to patients' residences.
  • Assist hospital staff with patient care duties, such as providing transportation or setting up traction.
  • Install and set up medical equipment, using hand tools.
  • Stock crash carts or other medical supplies.
  • Maintain records of inventory or equipment usage and order medical instruments or supplies when inventory is low.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Aerators
  • Automatic dryers
  • Bowie Dick test packs
  • Chemical sterilization indicators
  • Cleaning or sterilizing scrubbing brushes
  • Computerized scope washers
  • Desktop computers
  • Equipment bar code readers
  • Ethylene oxide gas sterilizers
  • Gas sterilizers
  • Heat-sealer machines
  • Hot air sterilizers
  • Laboratory glass flasks
  • Medical examination protective gloves
  • Ozone sterilizers
  • Padded gloves
  • Paracetic acid sterilizers
  • Plasma gas sterilizers
  • Pressure regulation monitors
  • Pressure steam autoclaves
  • Prevacuum sterilizers
  • Protective caps
  • Protective ear plugs
  • Protective gowns
  • Protective masks
  • Protective medical aprons
  • Spore strips
  • Steam gravity sterilizers
  • Steam high vacuum sterilizers
  • Sterilizers
  • Temperature monitors
  • Temperature tracing and recording thermometers
  • Ultrasonic cleaners
  • Washer sterilizers
  • Calendar software
  • Database software
  • Email software
  • MEDITECH Supply Chain Management
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft SharePoint software
  • Microsoft Word
  • Sharepoint Portal Server
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Word processing software

  • healthcare support

    industry stats

    SOC: 31-0000

    Total Employed: 3,989,910

    Average Annual Salary: $29,520