Orthotist or Prosthetist (Occupation Code : 321118)

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Designs, builds, fits and repairs splints, braces, callipers, artificial limbs and related appliances to restore function or compensate for muscular and skeletal disabilities.


Designing and/or production of appliances intended to restore function or compensate limitations in the muscula-skeletal system.

Designing and/or production of appliances intended to replace in whole or in part, amputated or deformed limbs, to restore or improve function.

Positioning and adjusting settings and controls of appliances according to technical specifications.

Working in a team with other health professionals and the patient to diminish a physical disability.

Constructing appliances and limbs from a variety of materials, using a number of processes including sawing, drilling, riveting and moulding molten plastic.

Testing limbs for freedom of movement and other functional efficiency.

Alternate Occupation Names

Artificial Limb Maker

Orthotist Tradesman

Artificial Limb Fitter Technician

Orthopaedic Appliance Maker / Repairer

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