Prosthetic and orthotic technicians work in private clinics, hospitals, and rehabilitation centres. They may also work in laboratories that specialize in making or supplying these devices. The work involves standing at workbenches while using machinery. Machines can include grinders, sanders, buffers, drill presses, lathes, welding equipment, and sewing machines.
Depending on the setting, technicians use computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM). They also use computer imaging and computer numerical controlled (CNC) equipment.
Technicians may need to lift heavy items such as plaster bags or sheets of plastic. These may weigh up to 40 kilograms.
They must follow current policies, procedures, and fabrication standards. They may work under deadline pressure. They may need to adapt schedules to accommodate emergency services.