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Medical Appliance Technicians

Also called: Lab Technician, Orthotic and Prosthetic Technician (O and P Technician), Orthotic Technician, Prosthetics Technician

Where in the Army? In the Army: Occupational Therapy Specialist; Orthopedic Specialist

What they do:
Construct, fit, maintain, or repair medical supportive devices, such as braces, orthotics and prosthetic devices, joints, arch supports, and other surgical and medical appliances.
On the job, you would:
  • 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 that will be required.
  • Make orthotic or prosthetic devices, using materials such as thermoplastic and thermosetting materials, metal alloys and leather, and hand or power tools.


Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • manufacture and distribution of products
  • customer service
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Engineering and Technology
  • mechanical


Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
  • understanding people's reactions
  • looking for ways to help people


Hand and Finger Use
  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • put together small parts with your fingers
  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • use rules to solve problems


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


You might use software like this on the job:

Computer aided design CAD software
  • Ohio Willow Wood OMEGA Tracer System
  • SoftSource CADview
Medical software
  • Footmaxx Metascan software
  • Gait analysis software
Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
  • Orthotic fabrication software


Education: (rated 3 of 5)

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