Operating Room Technician I (#RH3030)
$26.58-$32.31 Hourly / $4,606.90-$5,599.71 Monthly / $55,282.82-$67,196.61 Yearly


Under close supervision, performs technical duties during surgeries and related procedures at San Joaquin General Hospital; scrubs for routine surgical procedures and provides basic technical assistance to surgical and nursing staff; and does related or other work as required in accordance with Rule 3, Section 3 of the Civil Services Rules.


This is the entry/training level in the Operating Room Technician series. An employee in this class performs a variety of basic technical duties in an operating room to assist the surgical team. Work initially involves the more routine tasks but as experience is gained, incumbents are assigned to scrub for surgeries and work with greater independence.

This class is distinguished from the higher-level class of Operating Room Technician II as the latter is the full journey-level class where incumbents serve as skilled operating room scrub technicians. 

This class is flexibly staffed with the class of Operating Room Technician II, and incumbents are expected to promote to that class when they meet the minimum qualifications of the higher level and are preponderantly performing duties consistent with that class


  • Carries out the more routine surgical scrub duties according to recommended procedures. 
  • Checks surgical schedules and assignments; prepares the operating room, supplies, and equipment. 
  • Obtains extra supplies, instruments and equipment when needed during a surgical procedure. 
  • Prepares preoperative sites and drapes patients according to established procedure to provide an ample sterile field. 
  • Provides routine surgical scrub assistance and related technical support procedures according to recommended procedures; handles instruments, sponges, sutures, catheters, drains, and dressings in such a manner as to ensure medical and surgical asepsis and safety to the patient; assists in performing sponge, needle, and instrument counts. 
  • Assists in the care, preparation, and maintenance of sterile and unsterile supplies; checks, cleans, and stores surgical instruments; organizes supplies for scheduled and emergency cases; stocks sterile supplies in operating room; assists in taking inventories of equipment and supplies. 
  • Assists in application of casts; assembles and prepares setup for external fixation of fractures and application of casts. 
  • Assists in lifting, positioning and transporting patients. 
  • May assist in cleaning of the operating room.


Education: Completion of an approved operating room technician training or program within the past five years. 

Experience: One year performing sub-professional nursing or other patient care duties in an acute care hospital setting. 

Special Requirement: Operating Room Technicians are required to be available in Stand-By status as part of a rotation, and ready to start surgical cases within 30 minutes of notification.


Basic anatomy and physiology; basic nursing procedures, including principles of aseptic techniques and infection control; basic cardiopulmonary resuscitation; various types of instruments and supplies used in an inpatient hospital setting.


Work under physical and mental stress for several hours; exercise a reasonable amount of manual dexterity in the handling of surgical instruments and supplies; lift and transport patients, supplies and equipment; understand and carry out instructions of medical and nursing staff, often under tense and emergency situations; maintain simple inventory records of surgical instruments and supplies; prepare used supplies for cleaning or disposal and order needed supplies; work effectively as a member of a specialized team.


Mobility-Constant standing for long periods of time; frequent walking required; occasional pushing/pulling; occasional bending/squatting; occasional stair climbing and crawling. Lifting- Frequent lifting duties required of 5lbs; occasional lifting duties required of 5 to 70 lbs.; occasional lifting/turning of heavy objects and/or people. Vision- Constant reading, color perception, eye/hand coordination, depth perception, close up work and field of vision/peripheral. Dexterity- Constant hearing and talking in person. Emotional/Psychological- Constant concentration; occasional exposure to grief/ trauma and emergency situations; frequent decision making; occasional contact with hazardous materials. Environmental Conditions- Frequent noise.

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: RH3030; EST: 3/11/1981; REV: 3/13/2013;