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Operating Theatre Technician

VOC Course Subject Prerequisites Traineeship Year 10 Preferred

Also known as Operating Theatre Orderly, Operating Theatre Assistant and Operating Theatre Support Officer.

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

Operating theatre technicians may be required to comply with strict uniform requirements.


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


  • 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
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Interest Area

Medical Technical/Engineering


VOC Course Subject Prerequisites Traineeship Year 10 Preferred

To become an operating theatre technician you usually have to complete a VOC 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.

Additional Information

    Once you are employed, you may be able to develop, and have recognised, additional skills under the Health Training Package that will expand your career opportunities within this industry.


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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