Constructs, fits, maintains, or repairs medical supportive devices, such as braces, orthotics and prosthetic devices, joints, arch supports, and other surgical and medical appliances.
This career is part of the Manufacturing cluster Maintenance, Installation and Repair pathway.
A person in this career:
- Drills and taps holes for rivets and glues, welds, bolts, or rivets parts together to form prosthetic or orthotic devices.
- Reads prescriptions or specifications to determine the type of product or device to be fabricated and the materials and tools that will be required.
- Makes orthotic or prosthetic devices, using materials such as thermoplastic and thermosetting materials, metal alloys and leather, and hand or power tools.
- Bends, forms, and shapes fabric or material to conform to prescribed contours of structural components.
- Constructs or receives casts or impressions of patients' torsos or limbs for use as cutting and fabrication patterns.
- Repairs, modifies, or maintains medical supportive devices, such as artificial limbs, braces, or surgical supports, according to specifications.
- Covers or pads metal or plastic structures or devices, using coverings such as rubber, leather, felt, plastic, or fiberglass.
- Tests medical supportive devices for proper alignment, movement, or biomechanical stability, using meters and alignment fixtures.
- Lays out and marks dimensions of parts, using templates and precision measuring instruments.
- Fits appliances onto patients and makes any necessary adjustments.