Medical Supply Technician (Sterile Processing)

Department of Veterans Affairs

Houston, TX, USA

Full time

US$32.3-58.8k (annually)

Aug 30

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The Medical Supply Technician (Sterile Processing) is assigned to the Sterile Processing Service at the Michael E. DeBakey Medical Center in Houston, Texas. The Incumbent is responsible for the receipt of contaminated critical and semi-critical reusable medical equipment (RME) and for the decontamination and sterilization of this RME.


This is an OPEN CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENT and will remain open until September 30, 2021 or until the positions are filled. The initial cut-off date for referral of eligible applications will be March 19, 2021, with subsequent cut-off dates of every Friday until positions are filled.

  • Receives contaminated critical and semi-critical RME in decontamination area and may receive noncritical equipment in the decontamination area as well.
  • Disassembles the RME and determines the correct cleaning method, such as but not limited to ultrasonic cleaners, mechanical washers, cart washers and chemical cleaning/decontamination agents as determined by manufactures instructions.
  • Inspects, prepares, assembles and determines the correct method and packaging for sterilization such as but not limited to steam, Sterrad, Steris, ETO and high-level disinfecting reprocessors.
  • May prepare operating room case carts daily utilizing surgery schedule.
  • Removes soil, blood, tissue fragments, body fluids and other contaminants by wiping, soaking, rinsing and scrubbing.
  • Inspects packages for indications of proper sterilization, assembles basic sets and trays used throughout the medical center including those used in the operating room.
  • Performs segments of work pertaining to the decontamination, sterilization and inspection of reusable medical equipment (RME).
  • Completes segments of work pertaining to the assembly of basic sets and trays for use in the medical center.
  • Operates equipment involved in sterilization processes.
  • Performs and documents daily operational checks and records for all sterilization equipment.

Work Schedule: Rotating Shifts, Days, Evenings, Nights, Weekends and Holidays included

Financial Discloser Report: Not required


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this jobDesignated and/or random drug testing may be requiredSelective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959You may be required to serve a probationary periodSubject to a background/security investigationMust be proficient in written and spoken EnglishSelected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process


Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met.

Basic Requirements:

  • United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • English Language Proficiency. MSTs must be proficient in spoken and written English
  • in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j, this part.
  • Experience and/or Education
  • Experience: Six months of experience that demonstrates the applicant's ability to perform the work or provides an understanding of the work; or
  • 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
  • Experience/Education Combination. Equivalent combination of experience and education are qualifying for entry level for which both education and experience are acceptable.

Grade Determinations:


Experience. One year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level.

Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

1. Knowledge of surgical instruments used in operating rooms and clinic settings.

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

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

4. Knowledge of sterility principles in regards to instrumentation.

5. Ability to read and interpret written instructions and procedures.

References: Medical Supply Technician (Sterile Processing) Qualification Standard, VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G47

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-06.

Physical Requirements: This work is performed in various settings: decontamination, preparation, clean sterile supply (preparation) and in other services and departments throughout the medical facility/campus. The incumbent may be required to work in areas that are hot, cold, drafty and poorly lighted. The employee is subject to the possibility of falls, scrapes, cuts, bruises, and other injuries from material handling equipment. The work requires standing and walking during the entire workday and frequent bending and lifting of packages (occasionally weighing as much as 50 pounds). The work requires dexterity and visual acuity for manipulating, disassembly and assembly of instrumentation.


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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