Operating Room Technician II (#RH3031)
$32.29-$39.25 Hourly / $5,596.41-$6,802.47 Monthly / $67,156.94-$81,629.69 Yearly


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


This is the journey level in the Operating Room Technician series. An employee in this class functions as a scrub technician and performs a variety of duties in an operating room to assist the surgical team.

This class is distinguished from the lower-level class of Operating Room Technician I as the latter is the entry/training level in the series where incumbents perform basic technical duties in an operating room and learn to perform the full range of duties as an operating room scrub technician. 

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


  • Carries out surgical scrub duties according to recommended procedures. 
  • Checks assignments; prepares operating room, supplies, and equipment; assists in preparing preoperative site and draping patient according to established procedure to provide an ample sterile field. 
  • Performs sub-professional nursing activities required during surgical procedures; handles instruments, sponges, sutures, catheters, drains, and dressing 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, transporting and positioning patients. 
  • May assist in cleaning of the operating room.


Experience: One year as an Operating Room Technician I in San Joaquin County. 

Experience: One year as a surgical or operating room technician in an acute care hospital within the past five years; and completion of an approved surgical technician training or program. 

Substitution: One additional year of qualifying experience within the past five years may substitute for the required surgical technician training or program. 

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; operating room procedures, including principles of aseptic techniques, sterilization and infection; basic cardiopulmonary resuscitation; various types of instruments and surgical supplies used in surgical procedure.


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 need 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: RH3031; EST: 3/13/2013;