DETAILED OCCUPATION DATA
51-9082 Medical Appliance Technicians
Occupational 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.
|Geography||Employment||Emp SE*||Mean||Mean SE*||10th||25th||Median||75th||90th|
|*SE = Standard error, a measure of the statistical reliability of the estimate.|
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|Employment||Median Wage||% Change 2010 - 2020|
|Medical Equipment Preparers||1,680||$17.56/hr||23.1%|
|Maintenance Workers, Machinery||890||$19.58/hr||5.2%|
|Forging Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic||350||$20.69/hr||3.8%|
Tasks for Medical Appliance Technicians
- Carves, cuts, grinds, and welds wood, plastic, or metal material to fabricate medical supportive devices, using hand and power tools.
- Repairs and maintains medical supportive devices, such as artificial limbs, braces, and surgical supports, according to specifications.
- Lays out and marks dimensions of parts, using templates and precision measuring instruments.
- Bends, forms, and shapes fabric or material to conform to measurements for prescribed contours to fabricate structural components.
- Drills and taps holes for rivets, and glues, welds, bolts, and rivets parts together to form prosthetic or orthotic device.
- Polishes artificial limbs, braces, and supports, using grinding and buffing wheels.
- Mixes pigments according to formula to match skin coloring of patient and applies mixture to prosthetic or orthotic device.
- Reads specifications to determine type of product or device to be fabricated and selects required materials and tools.
- Constructs or receives plaster cast of patient's torso or limbs to use as pattern for cutting and fabricating supportive devices.
- Tests medical supportive device for body fit, alignment, movement, and biomechanical stability, using meters and alignment fixtures.
- Covers or pads metal or plastic structures and devices, using coverings such as rubber, leather, felt, plastic, or fiberglass.
- Fabricates wax or plastic impression of amputated area and prepares mold from impression to form artificial cosmetic ear, nose, or hand.
- Fits appliance onto patient and adjusts appliance as necessary.
- Instructs patient in use of prosthetic or orthotic device.