Prosthetic and orthotic technicians work with prosthetists and orthotists to produce, fabricate, and repair prostheses (artificial limbs) and orthoses (braces and supports) that are used to support weakened body parts, correct body defects, or replace amputated limbs.

Prosthetic and orthotic technicians may specialize in prosthetics or orthotics, or work on both types of devices. In general, they:

  • fabricate and refurbish (maintain or make major repairs) orthotic and prosthetic devices from plaster cast positives and assessment forms
  • make orthotic and prosthetic devices using materials such as thermoplastic and thermosetting materials, metal alloys and leather
  • service and repair appliances as required
  • maintain an inventory of materials
  • assist prosthetists and orthotists working with patients
  • service and repair machinery used in the fabrication of devices.

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