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Iowa State University Central Service Technician I in Ames, Iowa

Position Information:

Position Title:Central Service Technician I

Job Group:Merit

Required Minimum Qualifications:• High school graduation or equivalent, with courses in the physical and natural sciences and mathematics; or One year experience in a hospital-related field that would provide a background in medical environment or sterile technique as it applies to medical supplies and equipment.

Preferred Qualifications:CDSPD or IAHCSMM certification (must already have certification or willing to obtain certification within a year of employment)

Job Description:

Under general supervision, performs technical duties involving all aspects of sterile processing: decontamination, preparation, packaging, sterilization, sterile storage, distribution of sterile medical devices and inventorying, stocking and distribution of medical supplies.

Summary of Duties

Cleaning and Sterilizing

  • Clean, inspect, assemble, package, sterilize, store and dispense of complex surgical instrumentation, devices and implant trays.

  • Performs transportation of contaminated and sterilized/ high level disinfected devices following infection prevention practices and organizational guidance.

  • Operation of reprocessing equipment including automatic endoscope washers, sonic washers, mechanical washer/decontaminators, inspection equipment, and sterilizers.

  • Performs microbicidal processes, standard/transmission based precautions, engineering, and work practice controls.

  • Performs infection prevention processes to remove all contaminants (blood, tissue, fluids, bioburden, etc.) from surgical instruments, utensils and other surgical items. Handles large volumes of complex medical instrumentation, flexible endoscopes, delicate eye instruments, power equipment and different instrument patterns.

  • Maintains a clean and safe environment by adhering to Standard Precautions and Infection Control practices which includes proper Personnel Protective Equipment (PPE), safe chemical handling practices, and body mechanics (i.e. ergonomics, human factors).

  • Performs all aspects of sterilization, packaging inspection, equipment operation, safety procedures, proper documentation, and prioritization. Sterilizes items per manufacturer’s instructions for use (IFU), verifies correct parameters used for all instruments.

Equipment Handling and Testing

  • Accesses reference materials via computer systems, follows guides and instructions to assemble high volumes of complex instrument and implant trays. Inspects and evaluates instruments for function and cleanliness. Confirms all quality assurance mechanisms are in place. Labels, seals and documents all items processed. Accesses computer systems for purpose of locating, track and tracing medical devices and instrumentation trays.

  • Assembles instrument trays in accordance with patient/surgeon procedure specific cards within appropriate time frame and documents missing items. Performs duties in a high stress environment, responds to emergencies and urgent add-on cases. Receives and responds to a high volume of phone calls to provide additional items as needed.

  • Performs regular biological monitoring of sterilizers to ensure sterilizer efficacy. Conducts challenge tests on sterilization and decontamination equipment. Performs preventative maintenance functions on all equipment.

Quality Improvement

  • Performs inventory management for high volume of supplies and implants. Monitors and replenishes stock levels through use of multiple computer software programs and checks stock expiration dates. Documents usages in inventory system, restocks items, and adds new items to inventory.

  • Participates in and contributes to in-service programs on a regular basis.

  • Participate in quality improvement activities; including waste, duplication reduction and process improvement.

  • Report quality and process deviations following institutional guidance.

Appointment Type:Regular

Number of Months Employed Per Year:

Time Type:Full time

Pay Grade:07

Application Instructions:

Apply for this position by clicking on “Apply” and completing the Merit Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter details about your education and work history. If you have questions regarding the application process, please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.

Original Posting Date:April 7, 2021

Posting Close Date:April 15, 2021

Job Requisition Number:R4632

Iowa State University ( is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. More than 30,000 students are enrolled and are served by over 6,200 faculty and staff.

Iowa State University is a global and culturally diverse university committed to providing an inclusive, equitable, and diverse environment for both learning and employment. We know that diversity in experience and perspective is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and building an inclusive academic community. At Iowa State, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituents. The university has an expectation that all employees will demonstrate a contribution to diversity and inclusion as embodied in Iowa State University’s Principles of Community ( .

All offers of employment, oral and written, are contingent upon the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by federal and state law, ISU policies/procedures, and may include the completion of a background check and/or a consumer credit check.

Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity, 3410 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, 515 294-7612, email

If you have questions about the application process please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll-Free at 1-877-477-7485. Iowa State University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants with questions about access or requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should email or call (515) 294-4800 or Toll-Free: (877) 477-7485. TTY users are welcome to use the Iowa Relay Service number by dialing 7-1-1 or (800) 735-2942.

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