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Orthotic and Prosthetic Technicians
Courses in metal shop, wood shop, and machine shop should
provide a good background for working with materials and tools used
in this profession. Math classes, especially algebra and geometry,
will teach you to work with measurements. You may also want to take
art classes to develop your eye-hand coordination, sense of design
and proportions, and knowledge of materials such as leather,
metals, and plastics. Biology, health, or anatomy classes will give
you an understanding of the structure of the human body, which will
be needed in your future career. Computer science courses will also
be helpful, as computer technologies are used in the designing of
devices. Because technicians work closely with orthotists and
prosthetists, they need excellent communication skills and the
ability to follow directions precisely. Therefore, you should take
English classes to hone your writing and speaking skills and
develop your ability to interpret directions.
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