How to become a Operating Theatre Technician

Operating theatre technicians prepare and maintain operating theatres and equipment, and assist surgical and anaesthetic teams during operations.

Personal requirements of a Operating Theatre Technician

  • Good communication and people skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Able to work under pressure
  • Able to work accurately and with minimal supervision
  • Able to work as part of a team
  • Organised and methodical
  • Good general health and fitness

Education & Training for a Operating Theatre Technician

To become an operating theatre technician you usually have to complete a VET qualification in health services assistance. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. You can also become an operating theatre technician through a traineeship in Health Services Assistance. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10. For more details, see Section 2. Ask your career adviser about the possibility of starting some of this training in school.

Duties & Tasks of a Operating Theatre Technician

Operating theatre technicians may perform the following tasks:

  • transport patients to and from the theatre and wards
  • assist in preparing operating rooms for surgery
  • set up, check, connect and adjust surgical equipment
  • provide technical assistance to surgeons, surgical nurses and anaesthetists
  • clean and restock the operating room, arranging instruments, supplies and equipment according to instruction
  • position patients for surgical and anaesthetic treatments.

Working conditions for a Operating Theatre Technician

Operating theatre technicians usually work closely within a team in a restricted physical environment.

Employment Opportunities for a Operating Theatre Technician

Operating theatre technicians work in hospital or healthcare settings. Some work in day surgeries, endoscopy clinics and eye surgeries. With experience and further training, operating theatre technicians may progress to higher graded roles.

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