Dental Sterilization Technician

Position: Dental Sterilization Technician
Location: Grand Junction, CO
Type: Full Time
Wage: $13.03/hr
Must be Covid-19 Vaccinated
Job Summary: Support the dental team by improving patient services, efficiency and productivity by successfully performing and following sterilization protocols.

Essential Functions:

  • Process dental instruments and patient care items through the sterilization process safely and efficiently
  • Maintain sterilization equipment, following manufacture maintenance guidelines and intervals
  • Turn over operatories, transporting dirty instruments to the sterilization area for processing
  • Set up treatment rooms for the next patient procedure
  • Restock operatories as needed
  • Manage supplies, instruments, and the state of treatment rooms
  • Disinfect as required by OSHA and state regulations
  • Assist with ordering of clinical supplies, following a tag system determined by Dental Management team
  • Provide customer service support to patients by escorting them to and from the treatment room as needed
  • Transition exam information to the front office staff for scheduling purposes, as needed
  • Prepare hygiene rooms including, but not limited to, set-up, decontamination, sterilization of all instruments, cleaning handpieces, and restocking supplies
  • Help dental assistants, doctors, and front desk staff, when necessary


  • Ability to maintain composure and professionalism when exposed to stressful situations
  • Knowledge of OSHA and state regulations
  • Knowledge of the English language - composition, grammar, spelling, and punctuation
  • Skilled in the use of standard office equipment including telephones, calculators, copiers, fax, computers, and computer software (MS Excel, Word, Practice Management software)
  • Ability to instill trust from the doctors, co-workers, and patients
  • Ability to work cooperatively with management, staff, and patients
  • Ability to prioritize, organize, and complete tasks in a timely and independent manner
  • Ability to understand and follow written and verbal instructions and accept constructive criticism
  • Ability to collect data, establish facts, draw valid conclusions, and maintain confidentiality
  • Ability to communicate and express thoughts and ideas competently
  • Ability to quickly grasp relevant concepts regarding duties and responsibilities


Required Education/Experience:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent

Preferred Education/ Experience:
  • 6 months experience working in a dental setting

Additional Eligibility:

Must be current or willing to be vaccinated for the following
  • TDAP (up to date booster)
  • MMR series
  • Varicella
  • HEP B series
  • Flu Shot
  • TB Screening

Work Environment:

This position performs duties in a healthcare facility setting. This may include performing duties within the view of patients or members of the public.

Physical Demands:

Physical Actions Frequency % of time
Sitting 5
Walking 30
Lifting 20
Cramped or Confined Space 5

Materials / Equipment Involved:

  • Desktop computer
  • Printer
  • Telephone
  • Copy and Fax
  • Electronic Medical Records
  • Dental Supplies