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Medical Appliance Technicians

Construct, maintain, or repair medical supportive devices such as braces, orthotics and prosthetic devices, joints, arch supports, and other surgical and medical appliances.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Drill and tap holes for rivets, and glue, weld, bolt, or rivet parts together to form prosthetic or orthotic devices.
    • Read prescriptions or specifications to determine the type of product or device to be fabricated and the materials and tools required.
    • Make orthotic or prosthetic devices, using materials such as thermoplastic and thermosetting materials, metal alloys and leather, and hand or power tools.
    • Bend, form, and shape fabric or material to conform to prescribed contours of structural components.
    • Construct or receive casts or impressions of patients' torsos or limbs for use as cutting and fabrication patterns.
    • Repair, modify, or maintain medical supportive devices, such as artificial limbs, braces, or surgical supports, according to specifications.
    • Cover or pad metal or plastic structures or devices, using coverings such as rubber, leather, felt, plastic, or fiberglass.
    • Test medical supportive devices for proper alignment, movement, or biomechanical stability, using meters and alignment fixtures.
    • Lay out and mark dimensions of parts, using templates and precision measuring instruments.
    • Fit appliances onto patients, and make any necessary adjustments.
    • Mix pigments to match patients' skin coloring, according to formulas, and apply mixtures to orthotic or prosthetic devices.
    • Polish artificial limbs, braces, or supports, using grinding and buffing wheels.
    • Take patients' body or limb measurements for use in device construction.
    • Instruct patients in use of prosthetic or orthotic devices.
    • Service or repair machinery used in the fabrication of appliances.

    Skills

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    • Quality Control Analysis

      Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4

    Abilities

    • Near Vision

      The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Problem Sensitivity

      The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

    Knowledge

    • Production and Processing

      Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 40580/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 19.51/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 1,150
    • Yearly Projected Openings 160

    Typical Education

    Personality

    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Concern for Others
    • Cooperation
    • Integrity
    • Innovation

    Tools

    • Power saws
    • Power grinders
    • Laboratory mechanical convection ovens
    • Hex keys
    • Bench vises

    Technology

    • Spreadsheet software
    • Medical software
    • Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
    • Computer aided design CAD software

    Tags

    • Bright Outlook occupations will grow rapidly in the next few years, have a large number of openings, or are new and emerging careers.
    • Apprenticeships are available for this occupation. These programs can help you get hands-on experience and build your skills.

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