Summary Manages and directs orthotic laboratory personnel, materiel,
equipment, administration, and activities. Constructs, fabricates, assembles,
repairs, and adjusts orthopedic orthoses as directed by medical officers;
and supervises orthopedic orthoses activities. Related DoD Occupational
Duties and Responsibilities:
Plans and directs enlisted personnel phases of orthotic activities. Evaluates
orthotic laboratory requirements for supplies, equipment, and personnel.
Ensures local application of policies and procedures as directed. Develops
and improves working environment for professional personnel for economy
of time and operation. Coordinates orthotic laboratory technical and administrative
activities to achieve an integrated rehabilitation program. Coordinates
required checks for accuracy and compliance with directives. Responsible
for budget management. Consults associate corps chief on policies and
procedures affecting orthotic personnel.
Supervises continuing education. Supervises curriculum and training development
for continuing education. Evaluates adequacy of formal and clinical practical
phases of training program, and recommends changes.
Performs orthotic advisory duties. Assists orthopedic physicians regarding
types of orthoses needed by patients in clinical situations, in any special
problem that may be encountered with proposed orthosis, and in checking
completed work with appropriate professional staff member. Researches,
evaluates, and reports new orthotic orthoses to the orthopedic staff.
Constructs, measures, fabricates, and repairs orthopedic orthoses. Constructs
orthoses for spinal, lower and upper limbs, casts and corrects shoes as
prescribed by orthopedic physician. Fabricates spinal, lower and upper
limb, and feet orthoses from thermosetting and thermoplastic plastics.
Adjusts orthoses to ensure proper fit. Repairs and refits worn or broken
orthotic orthoses in same manner as original construction.
Constructs orthopedic orthoses. Cuts and fashions supports and straps.
Pads, polishes, fits, and adjusts assembled orthosis to patient. Measures,
fabricates, and repairs plastic orthoses.
Rebuilds and modifies stock shoes. Receives instructions from orthopedist
on corrective shoe pattern. Takes measurements of all foot parts. Removes
portion of shoes to install corrective orthosis. Uses various pads and
cushions to compensate for differences in leg length. Constructs and install
wedges, elevating shoe parts to relieve pain in metatarsal joints. Attaches
orthopedic heel to stock shoes for patients with deformed gait. Selects
and installs stock arch supports and adjusts to fit. Restores shoe to
original appearance as close as modifications will permit.
Makes plaster impressions of body parts to be fitted. Receives instructions
from orthopedist concerning desired therapeutic effects to be achieved.
Wraps wet plaster bandage around parts to be fitted to form cast. Marks
surface outline of bone nerve, muscle, and blood vessel points of part
on wet plaster cast, employing knowledge of anatomy to ensure orthosis
will be correctly fitted. Removes cast from body parts when plaster is
set, and fills cast with plaster mixture to make positive impression of
Knowledge. Knowledge is mandatory of: fundamental, functional and
orthotic anatomy, physiology, psychology, medical terminology, medical
ethics, medical materiel and supply, using and maintaining orthotic laboratory
equipment; welding, fine metal working, molding thermoplastic and thermosetting
plastics, leatherwork; medical administration, and records administration.
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1st number in the AFSC is the career group. There are 9 Air Force
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Investigations; 8- Special Duty Assignments; 9-Special Reporting
2nd digit (letter) identifies the career field. The 3rd digit
(numeral) indicates the career field subdivision (ie, job functional
area). The 4th number in the AFSC indicates a person's skill-level.
For example, someone with the AFSC "1A051" has a five-skill
level. An individual receives the "1" (helper) skill-level
when they enter technical school for the AFSC. Upon graduation
from technical school, they receive the "3" (apprentice)
skill level. Individuals are normally awarded the "5" (journeyman)
skill level after a period of on-the-job training (OJT) and correspondence
courses (Called "CDCs"). Depending on the job, this
process can last anywhere between 12 and 18 months. Upon promotion
Sergeant, individuals enter training for the "7" (craftsman)
Skill Level. "7" level training consists of more CDCs,
more OJT, and (for some jobs) a 7-level technical school. Upon
promotion to E-8, the person receives a "9" (superintendent)
final digit (numeral) indicates further job division within the
same functional area. Specific skills (such as type of aircraft)
are designated by suffixes, such as "A" or "B."
For entry into this specialty, completion of high school courses in biology
and chemistry is desirable.
Training. For award of AFSC 4U031, completion of a basic orthopedic
orthosis course is mandatory.
Experience. The following experience is mandatory for award of
the AFSC indicated:
4U051. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 4U031. Also, experience
in functions such as fabricating, adjusting, and repairing orthopedic
4U071. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 4U051. Also, experience
performing or supervising functions such as fabricating and repairing
4U091. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 4U071. Also, experience
managing functions such as operating orthotic laboratory activities.
Other. Not used.
Strength Req: G
Physical Profile 333333
Appitude Score: G-43
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