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How do I Become an Orthotics Technician?

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  • Written By: Carol Francois
  • Edited By: Heather Bailey
  • Last Modified Date: 11 September 2018
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There are three steps required to become an orthotics technician: post-secondary training, related work experience, and completing the job interview process. An orthotics technician works directly with clients to fabricate braces, splints, and orthotic insoles for shoes. These assisting devices are used to help people who have experienced an injury, as well as those who have mobility issues or are experiencing back or hip pain related to poor foot construction. This field is very closely related to prosthetics, which is the fabrication of entire limbs.

People who are interested in the health care field, enjoy working with people, and are detail-oriented find this type of work satisfying. The primary reward from this type of work is completing the orthotics order and fitting the client. A low frustration threshold is required, as multiple attempts might be required to find the best fit. Orthotics technicians can focus of different client groups, but it is best to maintain the flexibility to work with a broad range of clients. Many people think that orthotics only relates to insoles or specially designed shoes, but this is just a portion of the services that an orthotics technician offers.

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The first requirement to become an orthotics technician is to complete a post-secondary training program. Orthotics programs are available from a wide range of community and career colleges. These programs are typically one to two years in length. They are very practice based, providing the student with the skills necessary to create an orthotic device that will fit properly and meet the client’s needs.

Related work experience is usually obtained through the orthotics technician training program. Work placement terms are mandatory in all programs, as this is the only way to gain work experience in this field. Work experience as a fabricator, using rubber, plastics, and steel is very helpful, as is customer service experience.

The best programs to become an orthotics technician have human mannequins, computer simulation programs, and fabrication equipment available to students. It is essential for the candidate to be comfortable working with plaster molds and casts to create the orthotic device. This can be easily achieved through practice.

When applying to become an orthotics technician, be sure to proofread your resume and cover letter, double-checking for any grammar or spelling mistakes. During the job interview process, remember that the employer usually has a standard list of questions and is looking for complete, concise responses. Keep in mind that everything you say will be written down and reviewed. Think about your answers, stay calm, and focus on how you can contribute.

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