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Medical Appliance Technicians - 51-9082.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Construct, maintain, or repair medical supportive devices such as braces, orthotics and prosthetic devices, joints, arch supports, and other surgical and medical appliances.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Certified Pedorthotist
  • Hearing Aid Repair Technician
  • Lab Technician
  • Orthopedic Technician
  • Orthotic and Prosthetic Technician (O and P Technician)
  • Orthotic Technician
  • Prosthetic Technician
  • Prosthetics Technician
  • Registered Prosthetic Orthotic Technician

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Bend, form, and shape fabric or material to conform to prescribed contours of structural components.
  • Construct or receive casts or impressions of patients' torsos or limbs for use as cutting and fabrication patterns.
  • Cover or pad metal or plastic structures or devices, using coverings such as rubber, leather, felt, plastic, or fiberglass.
  • Drill and tap holes for rivets, and glue, weld, bolt, or rivet parts together to form prosthetic or orthotic devices.
  • Fit appliances onto patients, and make any necessary adjustments.
  • Instruct patients in use of prosthetic or orthotic devices.
  • Lay out and mark dimensions of parts, using templates and precision measuring instruments.
  • Make orthotic or prosthetic devices, using materials such as thermoplastic and thermosetting materials, metal alloys and leather, and hand or power tools.
  • Mix pigments to match patients' skin coloring, according to formulas, and apply mixtures to orthotic or prosthetic devices.
  • Polish artificial limbs, braces, or supports, using grinding and buffing wheels.
  • Read prescriptions or specifications to determine the type of product or device to be fabricated and the materials and tools required.
  • Repair, modify, or maintain medical supportive devices, such as artificial limbs, braces, or surgical supports, according to specifications.
  • Service or repair machinery used in the fabrication of appliances.
  • Take patients' body or limb measurements for use in device construction.
  • Test medical supportive devices for proper alignment, movement, or biomechanical stability, using meters and alignment fixtures.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Adjust fabrics or other materials during garment production.
  • Apply protective or decorative finishes to workpieces or products.
  • Cast molds of patient anatomies to create medical or dental devices.
  • Construct customized assistive medical or dental devices.
  • Draw guide lines or markings on materials or workpieces using patterns or other references.
  • Drill holes in parts, equipment, or materials.
  • Inspect medical or dental assistive devices.
  • Instruct patients in the use of assistive equipment.
  • Measure clients to ensure proper product fit.
  • Mix ingredients to create specific finishes.
  • Operate grinding equipment.
  • Operate welding equipment.
  • Polish materials, workpieces, or finished products.
  • Read work orders or other instructions to determine product specifications or materials requirements.
  • Repair medical or dental assistive devices.
  • Repair production equipment or tools.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Occupational Therapy Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Orthopedic Cast Room Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Orthopedic Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Orthopedic Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Orthotic (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Orthotic Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Orthotic Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Orthotic Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Orthotic Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Orthotic Manager (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Orthotic Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Physical Medicine (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Physical Medicine Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Physical Medicine Apprentice, Orthotic (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Physical Medicine Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Physical Medicine Craftsman, Orthotic (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Physical Medicine Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Physical Medicine Helper, Orthotic (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Physical Medicine Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Physical Medicine Journeyman, Orthotic (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Physical Medicine Manager (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Physical Medicine Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Unit Supply Specialist (Army - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Artificial Eye Maker
  • Orthotics Technician
  • Prosthetics Technician

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Arch-Support Technician
  • Artificial-Plastic-Eye Maker
  • Orthotics Technician
  • Prosthetics Technician