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Prosthetic/Orthotic Technician

Traineeship Year 10 Preferred

Also known as Orthotic Technician and Prosthetic Technician. Prosthetic/orthotic technicians make, repair and maintain prostheses (artificial limbs) or orthoses (braces, callipers and related devices).

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.

TASKS

    Prosthetic/orthotic technicians may perform the following tasks:

  • use tools, machinery, plastic and metal to make and repair prostheses and orthoses
  • assist professional prosthetists/orthotists

PERSONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • 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
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Interest Area

Medical Helping/Community Service Technical/Engineering

EDUCATION & TRAINING


Traineeship Year 10 Preferred

To become a prosthetic/orthotic technician you usually have to complete a traineeship in Prosthetic-Orthotic Technology.

Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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.

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Job Outlook for Prosthetic/Orthotic Technician Australian Orthotic Prosthetic Association Inc.


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