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Prosthetic Technicians July 8, 2014

A prosthetic technician is someone who makes use of the eye for detail as well as mechanical ability for the creation and repair of the replacement limbs. These technicians utilize both machinery and computer equipment in designing, creating, and customizing prosthetic limbs intended for the medical patients. They make use of different materials including plastics, wood, or metal. Usually, they cover the prosthetic limbs with the use of latex and then followed with a painting that has the same color of the skin of the patient so that it will appear natural. Following the creation of the prosthetic limbs, the prosthetic technicians will be testing the devices to be guaranteed that these will properly function and that necessary adjustments can be made as needed.

prosthetic-armIn order to become a prosthetic technician, one must have an associate degree or certification coming from an institution which is accredited. Frequently, the person who desires of becoming a prosthetic technician need to have a two-year internship completion wherein he or she undergoes practical skills training under the supervisor’s guidance. Apprenticeship is another option other than going to college in order to become a prosthetic technician. Usually, the apprenticeships will be completed in about four years. Students who wish to be this kind of technician may take courses such as wood shop, mechanical engineering, physics, chemistry, and anatomy. However, there are some employers who have the will in training the applicants with the skills granted that they have a high school diploma.

Prosthetic technicians are required have the skills and characteristics of becoming one. It is vital to be good with machine operations like the power tools. They must have a high level of hand-and-eye coordination. The prostheses must be detailed as well as precisely fitted that is why it is vital for the prosthetic technician to have attention to detail, patience, manual dexterity, and desire in doing precision work. The technicians are expected to be operating a wide range of machines and tools in manufacturing prostheses so they need to be comfortable when they make use of all of the tools. They must have the ability in following detailed directions very closely and must also acquire good communication skills. Those who are familiar with the human kinetics, biology, physical therapy, or other health professions are likely to be assets to become a prosthetic technician.

Those who work as prosthetic technicians are employed in various fields including the rehabilitation facilities, healthcare settings, and medical device manufacturing settings where the prosthetic body parts like the ears, arms, and legs are built, fitted, and repaired. The services provided by prosthetic technicians are vital for the disabled individuals or for those who are injured because of the advantages they can have. The prosthetic body parts provide restoration of mobility as well as functionality which helps the individual in regaining both independence and life satisfaction. The prosthetic technicians work along with or under the prosthetists’ supervision. Prosthetists are the ones designing the prostheses of the patients and the ones helping the patients in integrating the prosthetic into their lives.