Profession prosthetic-orthotics technician
Prosthetic-orthotics technicians design, create, fit and repair supportive devices, such as braces, joints, arch supports, and other surgical and medical appliances.
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- Realistic / Investigative
- Human anatomy
The dynamic relationship of human structure and function and the muscosceletal, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, endocrine, urinary, reproductive, integumentary and nervous systems; normal and altered anatomy and physiology throughout the human lifespan.
- Biomedical engineering
The biomedical engineering processes used to create medical devices, prostheses and in treatments.
- Orthotic devices
The types of devices used for support such as braces, arch supports and joints.
- Prosthetic devices
The various artificial replacements of body parts or limbs, which were lost during a trauma, disease or an accident.
- Types of orthopedic supplies
Various types of orthopaedic supplies such as braces and arm supports, used for physical therapy or physical rehabilitation.
- Prosthetic-orthotic device materials
The materials used to create prosthetic-orthotic devices such as polymers, thermoplastic and thermosetting materials, metal alloys and leather. In the choice of materials, attention must be paid to medical regulations, cost and biocompatibility.
- Manipulate metal
Manipulate the properties, shape and size of metal.
- Manipulate wood
Manipulate the properties, shape and size of wood.
- Manipulate plastic
Manipulate the properties, shape and size of plastic.
- Use technical drawing software
Create technical designs and technical drawings using specialised software.
- Test prosthetic-orthotic devices
Ensure that the prosthetic-orthotic devices fit the patient according to specifications. Test and evaluate them to ensure that they work as intended. Make adjustments to ensure proper fit, function and comfort.
- Manufacture prosthetic-orthotic devices
Create prosthetic-orthotic devices according to the designs of the prosthetist-orthotist, company specifications and national and international regulations. Use specialised materials, tools and machinery.
- Maintain prosthetic-orthotic devices
Ensure that all prosthetic-orthotic devices are properly stored and taken care of so they maintain their functionality and appearance.
- Repair orthopedic goods
Replace and repair orthopaedic material such as prostheses, technical supports and rehabilitation aids.
- Finish prosthetic-orthotic devices
Complete the manufacturing of prosthetic and orthotic devices by sanding, smoothing, applying paint or lacquer layers, stuffing and covering some parts with leather or textiles.
- Repair prosthetic-orthotic devices
Perform repairs, fix and modify prosthetic-orthotic devices according to the specifications.
- Interpret prescriptions
Interpret the specifications written down by doctors or other professionals to determine the type of product or device that needs to be created, as well as the materials that need to be used.