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Medical Appliance Technicians - 51-9082.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Construct, fit, 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 and Prosthetic Technician (O&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 that will be 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.
  • 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 Specialist (Army - 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)
  • Unit Supply Specialist (Army - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

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

DOT Crosswalk Titles

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