An orthotic and prosthetic technician assists a certified orthotist or prosthetist in providing artificial limbs to clients, and may assist in carrying out fittings and answering client concerns. Customer service skills are important for this position, as direct interaction with clients occurs frequently.
The work of an OP technician generally requires playing a role in the creation, service, and repair of artificial limbs, as well as creating accessories such as braces, supports, and cosmetic items relating to prosthetics. The ability to create hand crafts involving the use of hand and power tools and attention to detail are important in order to create the highest-functioning and most comfortable fitting products. These technicians should have basic mathematical skills to carry out duties according to a client's measurements, and teamwork skills are important to communicate efficiently with others who are aiding in creating the device. However, much of the work is done independently, so a self-motivated individual is ideal for this position.
There will often be time constraints to be met, and communication regarding the progress of projects should always be quick, but efficient. The position may involve working in a noisy environment, so OP technicians should not be sensitive to loud sounds. A high school diploma is often a minimum requirement, and some positions may require experience in the field. Some employers may provide training to candidates.
Orthotic and Prosthetic Technician (O and P Technician) Tasks
Repair, rebuild and modify prosthetic and orthotic appliances.
Fit, test and evaluate devices on patients and make adjustments for proper fit, function and comfort.
Repair, rebuild and modify prosthetic and orthodic appliances.
Make orthotic and prosthetic devices by bending, forming and shaping materials to prescribed specifications.
Read specifications to determine the type of device to be fabricated and the materials and tools that will be required.