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Medical Equipment Preparers - 31-9093.00

O*NET-SOC Description

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

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Central Processing Technician (CPT)
  • Central Service Technician (CST)
  • Central Sterile Supply Technician (CSS Technician)
  • Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST)
  • Instrument Technician
  • Sterile Preparation Technician
  • Sterile Processing and Distribution Technician (SPD Technician)
  • Sterile Processing Technician
  • Sterile Technician
  • Sterilization Technician

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


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  • Check sterile supplies to ensure that they are not outdated.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

Detailed Work Activities

  • Attend educational events to update medical knowledge.
  • Clean medical equipment.
  • Inventory medical supplies or equipment.
  • Maintain medical equipment or instruments.
  • Monitor medical equipment to ensure proper functioning.
  • Operate medical equipment.
  • Prepare medical instruments or equipment for use.
  • Record vital statistics or other health information.
  • Stock medical or patient care supplies.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Biomedical Equipment Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Hospital Corpsman Basic (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Ocular Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Operating Room Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Otolaryngology Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Urology Technician (Navy - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Central Sterile Processing Tech

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Health-Equipment Servicer
  • Respiratory-Therapy Aide
  • Reuse Technician