What they do:
- Medical Appliance Technicians construct, maintain, or repair medical supportive devices such as braces, orthotics, prosthetic devices, joints, arch supports, and other surgical and medical appliances.
On the job, you would:
- Drill and tap holes for rivets, and glue, weld, bolt, or rivet parts together to form prosthetic or orthotic devices.
- Read prescriptions or specifications to determine the type of product or device to be fabricated and the materials and tools required.
- Make orthotic or prosthetic devices, using materials such as thermoplastic and thermosetting materials, metal alloys and leather, and hand or power tools.
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