Prosthetic/orthotic technicians:use tools, machinery, plastic and metal to make and repair prostheses and orthosesassist professional prosthetists/orthotists.
Personal requirements for a Prosthetic/Orthotic Technician
- aptitude for technical activities
- good hand-eye coordination
- good communication skills
- able to work as part of a team
- able to work accurately with strong attention to detail.
Education & Training for a Prosthetic/Orthotic Technician
To become a prosthetic/orthotic technician you usually have to complete a traineeship. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10.
Duties & Tasks of a Prosthetic/Orthotic Technician
- Use tools, machinery, plastic and metal to make and repair prostheses and orthoses
- Assist professional prosthetists/orthotists.
Working conditions for a Prosthetic/Orthotic Technician
Prosthetic/orthotic technicians work in a workshop under the guidance of, and with instruction from, professional prosthetists/orthotists. They are not normally engaged in direct client treatment.
Employment Opportunities for a Prosthetic/Orthotic Technician
Prosthetic/orthotic technicians work in major teaching hospitals, rehabilitation facilities and in private practice. Job opportunities depend on the need for prostheses and orthoses, often resulting from amputations (as a result of cancer, accidents, burns, diabetes and other causes), as well as advances in technology and the manufacture of prostheses and orthoses, using new materials and electronics.