• Summary

    Assist in operations, under the supervision of surgeons, registered nurses, or other surgical personnel. May 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, cut sutures, and help count sponges, needles, supplies, and instruments.

    Duties and Responsibilities

    • Count sponges, needles, and instruments before and after operation.
    • Hand instruments and supplies to surgeons and surgeons' assistants, hold retractors and cut sutures, and perform other tasks as directed by surgeon during operation.
    • Scrub arms and hands and assist the surgical team to scrub and put on gloves, masks, and surgical clothing.
    • Position patients on the operating table and cover them with sterile surgical drapes to prevent exposure.
    • Provide technical assistance to surgeons, surgical nurses and anesthesiologists.
    • Wash and sterilize equipment using germicides and sterilizers.
    • Prepare, care for and dispose of tissue specimens taken for laboratory analysis.
    • Clean and restock the operating room, placing equipment and supplies and arranging instruments according to instruction.
    • Prepare dressings or bandages and apply or assist with their application following surgery.
    • Operate, assemble, adjust, or monitor sterilizers, lights, suction machines, and diagnostic equipment to ensure proper operation.
    • Monitor and continually assess operating room conditions, including patient and surgical team needs.
    • Observe patients' vital signs to assess physical condition.
    • Maintain supply of fluids, such as plasma, saline, blood and glucose, for use during operations.
    • Maintain files and records of surgical procedures.

    Education, Degrees, Licensure, and/or Certification

    Completion of Surgical Technologist course by an accredited surgery tech training program with a High School diploma or equivalent preferred.


    A minimum of one year current related experience

    Skills and Abilities

    • Active Listening -- Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
    • Active Learning -- Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
    • Critical Thinking -- Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
    • Equipment Selection -- Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
    • Coordination -- Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
    • Speaking -- Talking to others to convey information effectively.
    • Instructing -- Teaching others how to do something.
    • Learning Strategies -- Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
    • Monitoring -- Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
    • Troubleshooting -- Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
    • Oral Comprehension -- The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
    • Problem Sensitivity -- The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
    • Arm-Hand Steadiness -- The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
    • Oral Expression -- The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
    • Speech Recognition -- The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
    • Near Vision -- The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
    • Manual Dexterity -- The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
    • Speech Clarity -- The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
    • Inductive Reasoning -- The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
    • Deductive Reasoning -- The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.


    • Medicine and Dentistry -- Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
    • Customer and Personal Service -- Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
    • English Language -- Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
    • Education and Training -- Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
    • Chemistry -- Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
    • Psychology -- Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
    • Biology -- Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.