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21 Jun
Medical Instrument Technician (Surgical)

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The Medical Instrument Technician will assist in operations, under the supervision of surgeons, registered nurses, or other surgical personnel. This position will help set up operating room, prepare and transport patients for surgery, adjust lights and equipment, pass instruments and other supplies to surgeons and surgeon's assistants, hold retractors, and help count sponges, needles, supplies, and instruments. The surgical procedures range from less complex to complex and extensive procedures.If you qualify based on education in lieu of specialized experience, you are strongly encouraged to submit a copy of your transcripts or a list of your courses including titles, credit hours completed and grades. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application packages. Official transcripts will be required from all selectees prior to receiving an official offer. Click here for information on Foreign Education.

Nursing Operations:

We integrate cutting edge technology into everyday practice. Our Perioperative team includes state of the art surgical procedures Da Vinci Robotic surgery system and the Intra-Operative Magnetic Resonance Imaging suite. If you are selected for this position your responsibilities will include:

Perioperative Support:

  • Provide technical assistance to surgeons, surgical nurses, or anesthesiologists.

  • Prepares, organizes, and maintains highly complex sterile surgical set-ups.

  • Prepare patients for surgery, including positioning patients on the operating table and covering them with sterile surgical drapes to prevent exposure.

  • Count sponges, needles, and instruments before and after operation.

  • Maintain a proper sterile field during surgical procedures.

  • Monitor and continually assess operating room conditions, including patient and surgical team needs.

  • Functions as a second circulator for complex surgical procedures to include assisting the surgeon and/or another assistant during the operative procedure by carrying out technical tasks other than cutting, clamping, and suturing of tissue.

  • Prepare, care for, and dispose of tissue specimens taken for laboratory analysis.

  • Prepare dressings or bandages and apply or assist with their application following surgery.

  • Helps transport patient to recovery room.

  • Assists other member of team with terminal cleaning of the room; assists in prepping room for the next patient.

Supplies & Equipment:

  • Identifies, assembles handles, manages, and operates specialized complex medical equipment such as microscopes, lasers, urologic equipment, recording devices and other operating room supplies and equipment; recognizes potentially hazardous situations and takes corrective actions.

  • Inspects and performs all recommended tests to assure that equipment meets operational, sterilization and/or cleanliness requirements.

  • Assumes responsibility for the accountability of all surgical instruments and equipment during the surgical procedure.

  • Utilizes universal precautions and follows all infection control policies and procedures when handling supplies and equipment.

  • Wash and sterilize equipment, using germicides and sterilizers.

  • Clean and restock operating room, gathering and placing equipment and supplies and arranging instruments according to instructions, such as a preference cards.

  • Coordinate necessary repairs on specialized medical or laboratory equipment.

  • Assists in training residents, medical students, nursing students, operating room technology students, and new OR staff in the operation of equipment, sterile technique, handling of instruments, and OR procedures.

You qualify at the GS-09 level, if you meet one of the following qualification requirements:

You must demonstrate in your resume at least one (1) year of qualifying experience equivalent to at least the GS-08 level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector, performing the following types of tasks: setting up surgical equipment for surgical procedures; performing sterilization and aseptic techniques of surgical equipment; performing maintenance of surgical equipment; and conducting inventory of surgical equipment and supplies;


Completion of two full years of graduate level education that is directly related to the work of the position (i.e. working with medical instruments related to surgery).


A combination of education and specialized experience that meets the qualification requirements for this position.

You will receive credit for all experience material to the position, including experience gained in religious, civic, welfare, service, and organizational activities, regardless of whether you received pay.

Do not copy and paste the duties, specialized experience, or occupational assessment questionnaire from this announcement into your resume as that will not be considered a demonstration of your qualifications for this position.

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