Under direction, to receive prescription orders for braces needed by patients with physical handicaps and to measure patients for fittings; construct, maintain, and repair braces, orthopedic appliances and prostheses; and to do other related work.
Receives and fills physicians' prescriptions for various types of braces, orthopedic appliances, or prostheses; measures patients for fit; designs and manufactures types of appliances needed to assist patients; sets up regular maintenance schedule for each appliance and performs necessary maintenance operations; repairs braces and other appliances as needed; reconstructs, alters, and refits various appliances; instructs patients in use and day-to-day care of appliances; prepares patients for physical adaption and analyzes their physical adjustment to the appliances; consults with medical staff, physical therapists, and others regarding adjustment by patients to their physical condition and appliances; attends clinics and keeps necessary records on patients and brace-making activities; makes reports, orders equipment and supplies.
1. Successful completion of a three-year apprenticeship training course in brace making; or
2. Two years of experience making and assembling parts for orthopedic braces or appliances or in measuring patients, selecting and designing patterns, and fitting and adjusting braces or appliances; and
Completion of a specialized training course in brace making of at least one academic year in length, given at an institution of collegiate level.
Knowledge of: Anatomy and physiology and application of these fields to the design and fitting of braces, orthopedic appliances, and prosthesis; property of metals, plastics, and fabrics used in the construction of appliances; shop mathematics; mathematical design.
Ability to: Read and write English at a level required for successful job performance; prepare and read mechanical drawings and blueprints; shape metals with machine power equipment such as lathes, shapers, drills, pressers, and grinders; forge, weld, and temper metals; operate sewing machines and a variety of hand tools used in making appliances; measure patients for appropriate appliances; select design, fit, and adjust appliances for most effective benefit to the patient.
Willingness to work in a State institution; patience; emotional stability; sympathetic understanding of emotionally disturbed or retarded patients; interest in assisting the physically handicapped.
Education equivalent to completion of the twelfth grade.