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Medical Appliance Technicians
The Benchmark Job Description below represents the specific Position Characteristics of the job used in the Salary Survey. Benchmark Job Descriptions should be inspected carefully to review the degree of matching between an organizations' Job and the Salary Survey Benchmark. Matching internal Jobs to Salary Survey Benchmark Jobs should not be done on Job Title alone. A thorough comparison of Salary Survey Benchmark to Internal Job Descriptions is recommended. A good overlap should exist on any comparisons used on critical Job Dimensions and Competencies.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Technology
Benchmark Title: Medical Appliance Technicians
Summary Job Description Tasks
Construct, fit, maintain, or repair medical supportive devices, such as braces, orthotics and prosthetic devices, joints, arch supports, and other surgical and medical appliances. Fit appliances onto patients and make any necessary adjustments.
Make orthotic or prosthetic devices, using materials such as thermoplastic and thermosetting materials, metal alloys and leather, and hand and power tools.
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, and maintain medical supportive devices, such as artificial limbs, braces, and surgical supports, according to specifications.
Instruct patients in use of prosthetic or orthotic devices.
Take patients' body or limb measurements for use in device construction.
Construct or receive casts or impressions of patients' torsos or limbs for use as cutting and fabrication patterns.
Bend, form, and shape fabric or material to conform to prescribed contours of structural components.
Drill and tap holes for rivets and glue, weld, bolt, and rivet parts together to form prosthetic or orthotic devices.
Lay out and mark dimensions of parts, using templates and precision measuring instruments.
Test medical supportive devices for proper alignment, movement, and biomechanical stability, using meters and alignment fixtures.
Cover or pad metal or plastic structures and devices, using coverings such as rubber, leather, felt, plastic, or fiberglass.
Polish artificial limbs, braces, and supports, using grinding and buffing wheels.
Service and repair machinery used in the fabrication of appliances.
Mix pigments to match patients' skin coloring, according to formulas, and apply mixtures to orthotic or prosthetic devices.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Technology
Benchmark Title: Medical Appliance Technicians
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
Production and Processing Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Design Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Engineering and Technology Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Medicine and Dentistry Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Therapy and Counseling Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
Clerical Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
Psychology Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Technology
Benchmark Title: Medical Appliance Technicians
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Troubleshooting Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Mathematics Using mathematics to solve problems.
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Equipment Maintenance Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
Repairing Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Equipment Selection Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Operation and Control Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
Technology Design Generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs.
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Technology
Benchmark Title: Medical Appliance Technicians
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
Manual Dexterity The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
Multilimb Coordination The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
Depth Perception The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
Hearing Sensitivity The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
Mathematical Reasoning The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
Static Strength The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
Auditory Attention The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
Number Facility The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
Reaction Time The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Technology
Benchmark Title: Medical Appliance Technicians
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Autodesk AutoCAD software Computer aided design CAD software
Footmaxx Metascan software Medical software
Gait analysis software Medical software
Ohio Willow Wood OMEGA Tracer System Computer aided design CAD software
Orthotic fabrication software Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
Seattle Systems Shapemaker Computer aided design CAD software
SoftSource CADview Computer aided design CAD software
Vorum Research Corporation CANFIT-PLUS Computer aided design CAD software
3D scanning systems Scanners
Acetylene torches Blow torches
Air compressors Respiratory therapy compressors
Alignment stands Alignment jig
Allen wrenches Hex keys
Anvils Anvils
Arbor presses Workshop presses
Band benders Tube bending machinery
Band saws Power saws
Bead blasters Pneumatic sanding machines
Belt sanders Power sanders
Bench lathes Lathes
Bench punches Punches or nail sets or drifts
Bending brakes Wing benders
Buffing wheels Power buffers
Cast cutting saws Cast cutters or saws
Claw hammers Hammers
Computer numerical controlled CNC milling machines Milling cutters
Computerized lathes Lathes
Cordless drills Power drills
Cutting wheels Milling cutters
Deburring tools Deburring equipment
Dial calipers Calipers
Digital camcorders Digital camcorders or video cameras
Digitizers Scanners
Disk sanders Power sanders
Drill presses Workshop presses
Drum sanders Power sanders
End cutting nippers End cut pliers
Flatbed sewing machines Sewing machines
Force platforms Pressure indicators
Glue guns Glue guns
Grinding equipment Power grinders
Grinding rasps Rasps
Grinding wheels Power grinders
Half-round files Files
Heat guns Heat guns
Hex wrenches Hex keys
High temperature laboratory box furnaces Laboratory box furnaces
High temperature laboratory ovens Laboratory mechanical convection ovens
High volume dust collectors Dust collectors
Laboratory infrared ovens Laboratory mechanical convection ovens
Laboratory mechanical benchtop convection ovens Laboratory mechanical convection ovens
Laboratory mechanical convection ovens Laboratory mechanical convection ovens
Laptop computers Notebook computers
Longarm sewing machines Sewing machines
Measuring tapes Tape measures
Metal bending mandrels Pipe bending mandrels
Metal grinders Power grinders
Metal-cutting bandsaws Power saws
Personal computers Personal computers
Pipe vises Pipe vises
Pneumatic oscillating saws Power saws
Pneumatic riveting hammers Pneumatic hammer
Power drills Power drills
Power planers Power planes
Power routing tools Power routers
Prosthetic bench vises Bench vises
Protective ear muffs Ear muffs
Rivet guns Rivet tools
Rotary saws Power saws
Rubber mallets Mallets
Safety glasses Safety glasses
Swaging tools Swaging tools
Table saws Power saws
Torque wrenches Torque wrenches
Vacuum formers Vacuum molding machines
Vacuum stations Pneumatic vacuum equipment
Vertical routers Power routers
Welders Welders
Wood files Files
Workshop bench vises Bench vises
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Technology
Benchmark Title: Medical Appliance Technicians
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education Some College Courses
Related Work Experience Over 6 months, up to and including 1 year
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Technology
Benchmark Title: Medical Appliance Technicians
Alternate Job Title(s)
Arch Support Maker
Arch Support Technician
Arch-Support Maker
Artificial Limb Maker Apprentice
Artificial Plastic Eye Maker
Brace Maker
Brace Maker Apprentice
Certified Orthotist
Certified Pedorthotist
Certified Prosthetist
Hearing Aid Repair Technician
Lab Supervisor
Lab Technician
Licensed Orthotist
Licensed Orthotist Assistant
Licensed Prosthetist
Medical Appliance Maker
Medical Assembler
Medical or Surgical Instrument Maker
Model Maker
Operation Manager
Orthopaedic Technician
Orthopaedic Technologist
Orthopedic Brace Maker
Orthopedic Technician
Orthotic / Prosthetic Lab Supervisor
Orthotic Fabricator Technician
Orthotic Finish Grinding Technician
Orthotic Technician
Orthotic and Prosthetic Technician (O and P Technician)
Orthotics Fitter
Orthotics Technician
Prosthetic Lab Technician
Prosthetics Fabrication Technician
Prosthetics Lab Technician
Prosthetics Technician
Registered Prosthetic Orthotic Technician
Restoration Officer
Restoration Technician
Surgical Appliance Fitter
Surgical Brace Maker
Surgical Instrument Maker
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Technology
Benchmark Title: Medical Appliance Technicians
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