Operating Room Technician
Canadian Armed Forces
Operating Room Technicians are responsible for the provision of an aseptic environment enabling the safe performance of operative procedures in both static (at home) and operational (deployed) environments. They are an integral member of the surgical team, providing perioperative care, post-operative care, assisting the surgeons and anesthesiologists and performing orthopaedic casting procedures in support of surgery. OR Tech’s are also responsible for all Medical Device Reprocessing services, processing surgical materials and instruments.

An Operating Room Technician has the following primary duties:

Is responsible for providing a clean and safe environment for patient treatment and for assisting surgeons and anesthesiologists in all facets of the operative procedure
Is responsible for operationally maintaining all field OR equipment and for providing onsite training for OR Field operations as well as oversees the setup of a field OR
Is responsible to assist in the recovery of patients from anesthesia
Is responsible for decontamination, cleansing, maintenance and procurement of materials and instruments and for the packaging and sterilization of supplies
Operate and maintain medical and life-support equipment
Initiate, maintain and distribute medical records, documents, reports and returns
Maintain, replenish and account for general and medical supplies
Pay and benefits
Work environment
Operating Room Technicians spend most of their careers working directly in civilian hospitals in military OR teams or integrated with a civilian team within Canada, and deployed on international missions. They usually work a regular Monday to Friday schedule but may also work in shifts or on call depending on the circumstances.
Basic Military Qualification
The first stage of training is the Basic Military Qualification course, or Basic Training, held at the Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec. This training provides the basic core skills and knowledge common to all trades. A goal of this course is to ensure that all recruits maintain the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) physical fitness standard; as a result, the training is physically demanding.

Learn more about Basic Training here.

Basic occupational qualification training
The training consists of 4 modules. Module 1 is a 2 year Practical Nursing Diploma at an approved Canadian educational institution. Module 2 is an Operating Room Practical Nursing course either at Algonquin College (Ottawa) or Grant MacEwan University (Edmonton) for a duration of 6 to 8 months. Module 3 is an on the job training program (OJTP) in a Canadian health care facility which is comprised of 1500hrs, including hours completed during the preceptorship in Module 2 in the operating room and is divided as follows: 500hrs in orthopedic surgery, 500hrs in general surgery and 500hrs in other specialties. Module 4 consists of a field surgical services orientation.

Available specialty training
Following the basic occupation training you will take a course in Medical Device Reprocessing (MDR).

Available advanced training
The Advanced Education in Orthopedics for LPN’s course is offered when you progress in ranks and consists of advanced casting and orthopedic appliance application and maintenance.

Direct entry options
Applicants must hold a Practical Nursing diploma, have a current license to practice as LPN/RPN from a provincial or territorial regulatory authority, a letter of good standing from the applicant’s professional regulatory authority. It is an asset for applicants with a certification as an Operating Room Technician (LPN/RPN with peri-operative specialty).

For further information, please contact a Canadian Forces Health Services Recruiter: HealthSvcsRecruiting-RecrutementSvcsdesante@forces.gc.ca