Dental Sterilization Technician

  • Job Tracking ID: 512731-613509
  • Job Location: Auburn, CA
  • Job Level: Entry Level (less than 2 years)
  • Level of Education: High School/GED
  • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
  • Date Updated: May 15, 2018
  • Years of Experience: Less Than 1 Year
  • Starting Date: ASAP

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Job Description:


The Sterilization Technician works directly with and under general supervision of the RDA Supervisor in providing and managing the sterilization of all dental equipment.


  1. Maintaining the instruments and working areas in strict accordance with sterilization/ disinfection protocols.
  2. Preparing and arranging instruments, medications and required material.
  3. Performing all tests and maintenance on equipment required to meet licensing, accreditation, safety and infection control standards.
  4. Taking inventory, stocking all supplies, instruments and medications.
  5. Maintaining dental equipment and operatories in good, clean condition at all times.
  6. Maintaining personal protection per OSHA guidelines as it pertains to personal safety (i.e., protective clothing, eyewear, gloves).
  7. Participating in in-service training, department and general staff meetings and clinics.


  1. Preparing patients for dental health services and instructing them in appropriate post dental treatment, diet and oral hygiene.
  2. Performing required laboratory procedures, i.e., pouring plaster models, etc.
  3. Using four-handed assisting technique as called upon.
  4. Cross-training in other dental support positions as necessary, i.e., reception, orthodontics, oral surgery.
  5. May be assigned to other Chapa-De clinics based on agency needs.
  6. Other duties as assigned.

Experience and Skills:


  1. Possession of a valid State of California Dental X-ray license preferred.
  2. High School Diploma or equivalent, GED.
  3. Completion of a dental assist training academic program, or 1-2 years experience on-the-job training preferred.
  4. Current CPR certification.
  5. Proficient in use of computer applications.
  6. Must have reliable transportation.
  7. Punctuality, accuracy, efficiency and professionalism.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  Prolonged sitting or standing may be required. Those physical movements and the degree of mobility, manual dexterity and hand-eye coordination normally associated with dental assisting in general practice dentistry will be performed on a repetitive basis.

The ability to distinguish letters and symbols as well as the ability to utilize telephones, computer terminals and copiers is required. Work under stressful conditions as well as irregular hours may be required. Frequent exposure to communicable disease, body fluids, toxic substances, medicinal preparations, radiation and other conditions common to a clinical environment may routinely be encountered.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. The employee frequently is required to stand, walk, sit, use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally be required to stoop. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

The employee may be in contact with individuals and families in crisis who may be ill, using substances and/or not attentive to personal health and safety for themselves. The employee may experience a number of unpleasant sensory demands associated with the client’s use of alcohol and drugs, and the lack of personal care. The employee must be ready to respond quickly and effectively to many types of situations, including crisis situations and potentially hostile situations.

Job Benefits:

Chapa-De benefits include:  personal time off (PTO), paid holidays, an employer contribution 403(b) retirement plan and tuition reimbursement program to regular status employees. We also provide medical, vision, dental, flexible spending, long term disability, group term and voluntary life insurance coverage.

Note to Applicants: Please be advised at post job offer, pre-employment Physical and TB test are required as a condition of employment. Additionally, Authorization to release information for Criminal Background check is a contingency for an offer of employment. Criminal clearances are obtained to protect the welfare and safety of clients receiving services at Chapa-De Indian Health

Indian Preference. Preference in filling vacancies will be given to qualified Indian applicants in accordance with the Indian Preference Act (Title 25, U.S. Code, section 472 & 473). In other than the above, Chapa-De Indian Health Program, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Equal Employment Employer: Within the scope of Indian Preference, all candidates will receive equal consideration without regard to race, color, gender, religion, national origin or other non-merit factors.

Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA): Chapa-De Indian Health abides by the mandates of the ADEA (protecting individuals 40 years and older) and considers age a non-merit factor in all employment decisions and considerations.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): Chapa-De Indian Health abides by the mandates of the ADA and considers disability a non-merit factor in all employment decisions and considerations. Furthermore, Chapa-De Indian Health will make any practical, feasible, and reasonable arrangements to accommodate qualified applicants and employees with disabilities