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Prosthetic and orthotic technicians

OaSIS code 32129.04

Prosthetic and orthotic technicians assemble, build and repair prosthetic and orthotic appliances.

Overview

Also known as

  • Brace maker
  • Orthotic technician
  • Prosthetic assistant
  • Prosthetic technician
  • Registered prosthetic and orthotic technician (R.T.P.O.)

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

  • Prosthetic and orthotic technicians
  • Assemble or build prosthetic and orthotic appliances according to drawings, measurements and plaster casts using a variety of materials such as metals, plastics and leathers
  • Repair, rebuild and modify prosthetic and orthotic appliances or orthopaedic footwear
  • May take the body or limb measurements of patients.

Additional information

  • Prosthetic and orthotic technicians may become certified prosthetists or orthotists with an additional two years of experience as a registered prosthetic or orthotic technician and completion of certification examinations by the Canadian Board of Certification of Prosthetists and Orthotists.

Similar occupations classified elsewhere

Exclusions:

  • Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment (32109)
  • Animal health technologists and veterinary technicians (32104)
  • Medical laboratory assistants and related technical occupations (33101)
  • Medical laboratory technologists (32120)
  • Medical sonographers (32122)
  • Cardiology technologists and electrophysiological diagnostic technologists (32123)

NOC hierarchy breakdown

NOC version

NOC 2021 Version 1.0

Broad occupational category

3 – Health occupations

TEER

2 – Occupations usually require a college diploma or apprenticeship training of two or more years; or supervisory occupations

Major group

32 – Technical occupations in health

Sub-major group

321 – Technical occupations in health (except practitioners of natural healing)

Minor group

3212 – Medical technologists and technicians

Unit group

32129 – Other medical technologists and technicians

Occupational profile

32129.04 – Prosthetic and orthotic technicians

Work characteristics

Work characteristics gathers the various components describing the work environment of each occupation, such as employers, work activities, and the work context. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of complexity (for Work Activities) or other measurement dimensions (for Work Context), and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.

Work Activities

Proficiency or complexity level
Assisting and Caring for Others
4 - High Level
Communicating with Coworkers
4 - High Level
Clerical Activities
3 - Moderate Level
Controlling Machines and Processes
3 - Moderate Level
Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others
3 - Moderate Level

Work Context

Structural Job Characteristics

Structured versus Unstructured Work
Degree of freedom to determine tasks and priorities
3 - Moderate amount of freedom
Work Week Duration
Worked hours in a typical week
2 - Between 35 to 40 hours

Physical Work Environment

Physical Proximity
Physical distance from others
4 - Close (at arm’s length)

Physical Demands

Sitting
Duration
3 - About half the time
Standing
Duration
3 - About half the time
Bending or Twisting the Body
Duration
2 - Less than half the time

Interpersonal Relations

Contact with Others
Frequency
4 - Every day, a few times per day
Duration
4 - More than half the time
Work with Work Group or Team
Importance
3 - Important
Frequency
3 - Once a week or more but not every day

Workplaces/employers

  • Clinics
  • Hospitals
  • Prosthetic device manufacturing companies
  • Prosthetics and orthotics laboratories
  • Self-employment

Skills and abilities

This section displays the various competencies required for an occupation. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of proficiency (for Skills and Abilities) or importance (for Personal Attributes) and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.

Abilities

Proficiency or complexity level
Arm-Hand Steadiness
4 - High Level
Finger Dexterity
4 - High Level
Manual Dexterity
4 - High Level
Spatial Visualization
4 - High Level
Colour Perception
3 - Moderate Level

Skills

Proficiency or complexity level
Equipment and Tool Selection
4 - High Level
Product Design
4 - High Level
Quality Control Testing
4 - High Level
Instructing
3 - Moderate Level
Learning and Teaching Strategies
3 - Moderate Level

Personal Attributes

Importance
Attention to Detail
4 - Highly important
Collaboration
4 - Highly important
Concern for Others
4 - Highly important
Independence
4 - Highly important
Active Learning
3 - Important