Medical Appliance Technicians
They help make things like braces and artificial limbs for people who need them.
$17.82 per hour on average
The outlook is Good
|Education & Training
Long-term on-the-job training (more than 12 months) is common.
|Related Programs (Current training programs available)
|On the Job
- Fit appliances onto patients and adjust them if necessary. Test devices for fit, alignment, and movement.
- Read prescriptions or detailed information from medical professionals.
- Create wax or plastic impressions for orthotic devices. Take measurements of patient's body or limb.
- Lay out and measure parts, using precision measuring instruments.
- Construct or receive plaster cast of the patient's limb to use as a pattern for the prosthesis.
- Carve, cut, grind, or weld wood, plastic, or metal material. Use hand and power tools.
- Bend, form, and shape material according to measurements.
- Drill holes for rivets. Glue, weld, or rivet parts together.
- Mix pigments to match patient's skin tone and apply mixtures to orthotic and prosthetic devices.
- Polish artificial limbs, braces, and supports with grinding and buffing wheels.
- Cover or pad metal or plastic devices with coverings such as rubber, leather, felt, or plastic.
- Repair and maintain orthotic and prosthetic devices and machinery used to make them.
- May instruct patients in the use of devices.
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