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. 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.

Duties & Tasks of a Operating Theatre Technician

Operating theatre technicians: • 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.

Avg. weekly wage:

$900

Future growth:

Stable

Employment by state:

ACT ACT 1.1%

NSW NSW 28.5%

NT NT 0.6%

QLD QLD 13.2%

SA SA 7.9%

TAS TAS 1.3%

VIC VIC 35.6%

WA WA 11.7%

Hours worked:

33.2

Unemployment:

Average unemployment

Gender split:

Male 26%

Female 74%

Education level:

Not completed Year 12: 8.9%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 21.4%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 39.3%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 11.8%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 13.6%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 5%

Age brackets:

15-19 - 0.8%

20-24 - 9.7%

25-34 - 24.7%

35-44 - 21.1%

45-54 - 27.1%

55-59 - 8.3%

60-64 - 4.6%

65 and Over - 3.5%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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