Sterile Processing Technician Supervisor (#RH0853)
$22.34-$27.16 Hourly / $3,872.73-$4,707.32 Monthly / $46,472.77-$56,487.95 Yearly


Under general supervision, performs responsible supervisory work and participates in the more complex Sterile Processing work; and does related or other work as required in accordance with Rule 3, Section 3 of Civil Service Rules.


This is a working supervisor level class in the Sterile Processing Technician series. An incumbent is responsible for supervising the work of an assigned group of Sterile Processing Technicians, clerical, and support staff. The Sterile Processing Technician Supervisor class is distinguished from the Sterile Processing Technician II class in that incumbents of the latter class perform the full range of sterile processing work, train other staff and may serve as a lead worker but do not supervise staff.


  • Plans, assigns, trains, and evaluates the work of technical, support and clerical staff; interprets and implements rules, regulations, procedures and standards; interprets policy to ensure compliance with federal, state and local standards and regulations. 
  • May develop employee training programs; conducts and participates in employee educational programs and in-service meetings. 
  • Receives and sorts surgical equipment; cleans, disinfects, and/or decontaminates items; loads, unloads and monitors the operations of automatic washers and other equipment; tests equipment for proper functioning before releasing it for use. 
  • Inspects and processes trays and other equipment from decontamination area; operates and monitors steam and gas sterilizers; checks daily biological results; assembles and wraps trays and other items for sterilization; monitors expired sterilization dates and rotates stock to minimize re-sterilization. 
  • Cleans and disinfects all surgical case carts; cleans and disinfects patient care equipment and orthopedic traction equipment; prepares and restocks surgical case carts using physicians preference cards; restocks processed storage area; prepares and stages case carts for surgery; maintains clean and sanitary work areas.


Experience: One year of experience equivalent to a Sterile Processing Technician II in San Joaquin County service.

Certification: Possession of a current certification in sterile processing techniques issued by the National Institute for the Certification of Healthcare Sterile Processing and Distribution Personnel (NICHSPDP) OR California Central Service Association (CCSA).


Principles and techniques of supervision and training; basic medical terminology; principles, practices and methods used in decontaminating and sterilizing patient care supplies; methods and techniques of sterilization; federal, state, and local standards and regulations for sterile processing; supplies and equipment common to acute care hospitals; basic computer and computer software relevant to department operations; safety rules and regulations in the operations of equipment.


Supervise, evaluate, and train staff; clean, sterilize, assemble, and store medical supplies and equipment according to established standards and procedures; utilize standard office procedures and equipment; operate computers and related software; maintain accurate inventory records; establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with coworkers, vendors and agencies; communicate effectively with coworkers and public.


Mobility-Operating a data entry device; frequent standing and walking for prolonged periods of time; occasional bending, stooping, and reaching overhead; Lifting-Lifting of 30 pounds or less; push case carts weighing up to 100 pounds; Vision-Constant use of overall visual capabilities; frequent need for color perception, hand/eye coordination, reading and/or close up work; Dexterity-Frequent holding, grasping, repetitive motion and writing; Hearing/Talking-Constant hearing and talking of normal speech in person and on the telephone; Emotional/Psychological-Frequent public contact; occasional exposure to emergency situations, trauma, grief or death; occasional working alone; Special Requirements-May require working weekends/nights/overtime; Environmental Conditions-Frequent exposure to noise; occasional risk of exposure to hazardous materials, dirt dust, smoke, fumes, poor ventilation and indoor cold/heat.

San Joaquin County complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and, upon request, will consider reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

CLASS: RH0853; EST: 9/13/1995; REV: 10/10/2007;