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Oswego Career Ladders - Sterile Services

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Sterile Services

Industry: Healthcare
Area: Materials Management/Central Services

Individuals in this occupation tend the autoclave, a machine that sterilizes containers, supplies, instruments, and equipment. They place articles in autoclave manually or by use of electric hoist, secure the door or lid, turn dials to adjust temperature and pressure, open the steam valve and record time and temperature setting and gauge readings. The may wrap supplies and instruments in paper or cloth preparatory to sterilizing.


High School diploma required. Individuals employed in these occupations are trained on the job.

Job Outlook

Job openings are expected to be abundant for food and beverage serving and related workers.


Many beginning or inexperienced workers start earning the Federal minimum wage.

Work Schedule

Many food and beverage serving and related workers work evenings, weekends, and holidays. Some work split shiftsthey work for several hours during the middle of the day, take a few hours off in the afternoon, and then return to their jobs for evening hours.

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