• Medical Appliance Technicians
  • Manufacturing
  • Medical appliance technicians construct, fit, maintain, or repair medical supportive devices like braces, orthotics and prosthetic devices, joints, arch supports, and other surgical and medical appliances.

    What do they typically do

    • Fit appliances onto patients and make necessary adjustments
    • Use hand or power tools and materials such as thermoplastic and thermosetting materials, metal alloys, and leather to make orthotic or prosthetic devices
    • Read prescriptions or specifications to determine what type of product or device to make and what materials and tools to use
    • Repair, modify, or maintain medical supportive devices like artificial limbs, braces, or surgical supports according to specifications
    • Teach patients how to use prosthetic or orthotic devices
    • Construct or receive casts or impressions of patients' torsos or limbs to use as cutting and fabrication patterns
    • Measure patient’s body or limb and to use this information in making the device
    • Bend, form, and shape fabric or material to match prescribed contours of structural components

    Number of Jobs

    Average Annual
    Job Growth +1.8%
    Job Opening 32

    Job Listings

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    Education & Training

    • Education

      Most occupations require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
      Associated Programs or Majors
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      License
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