2017 Dental and Ophthalmic Laboratory Technicians and Medical Appliance Technicians
Median Pay: US$33,950
Entry Level: High school diploma or equivalent
Summary
Dental and ophthalmic laboratory technicians and medical appliance technicians construct, fit, or repair appliances and devices, including dentures, eyeglasses, and prosthetics.
Duties

Dental and ophthalmic laboratory technicians and medical appliance technicians typically do the following:

  • Follow detailed work orders and prescriptions
  • Determine which materials and tools will be needed
  • Bend, form, and shape fabric or material
  • Polish and shape appliances and devices, using hand or power tools
  • Adjust appliances or devices to allow for a more natural look or to improve function
  • Inspect the final product for quality and accuracy
  • Repair damaged appliances and devices

In small laboratories and offices, technicians may handle every phase of production. In larger ones, technicians may be responsible for only one phase of production, such as polishing, measuring, or testing.

Dental laboratory technicians use impressions, or molds, of a patient's teeth to create crowns, bridges, dentures, and other dental appliances. They work closely with dentists, but have limited contact with patients.

Dental laboratory technicians work with small hand tools, such as files and polishers. They work with many different materials, including wax, plastic, and porcelain, to make prosthetic appliances. In some cases, technicians use computer programs to create appliances or to get impressions sent from a dentist's office.

Dental laboratory technicians can specialize in one of six areas: orthodontic appliances, crowns and bridges, complete dentures, partial dentures, implants, or ceramics. Technicians may have different job titles, depending on their specialty. For example, technicians who make porcelain and acrylic restorations, such as veneers and bridges, are called dental ceramists

Ophthalmic laboratory technicians make prescription eyeglasses and contact lenses. They are also commonly known as manufacturing opticians, optical mechanics, or optical goods workers.

Although they make some lenses by hand, ophthalmic laboratory technicians often use automated equipment. Some technicians manufacture lenses for optical instruments, such as telescopes and binoculars. Ophthalmic laboratory technicians should not be confused with dispensing opticians, who work with customers to select eyewear and may prepare work orders for ophthalmic laboratory technicians.

Medical appliance technicians construct, fit, and repair medical supportive devices, including arch supports, facial parts, and foot and leg braces.

Medical appliance technicians use many different types of materials, such as metal, plastic, and leather, to create a variety of medical devices for patients who need them because of a birth defect, an accident, disease, amputation, or the effects of aging. For example, some medical appliance technicians make hearing aids.

Orthotic and prosthetic technicians are medical appliance technicians who create orthoses (braces, supports, and other devices) and prostheses (replacement limbs and facial parts). These technicians work closely with orthotists or prosthetists.

2017 Dental and Ophthalmic Laboratory Technicians and Medical Appliance Technicians in Other Cities:

Engineering Intern

Type: Internship
Blendtec is an awesome place to work. See why!Blendtec is a growing global health company, a leader in marketing premium blenders and kitchen innovations to over 80 countries around the world. Blendtec is the first and only company to offer a commercial grade, safe, reliable high speed blender with...
Apply Share

Assistant Manager Trainee

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Assistant Manager Trainee - StoresJ.C. Penney Company, Inc.Plano, TexasOur Assistant Manager Trainee Program is designed to introduce you to various JCPenney store management opportunities. Throughout the 16-week program, your training will blend online instruction with hands-on experience under...
Apply Share

Optometrist

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Our Practice is looking for dedicated Doctor of Optometry with strong diagnostic skills and a passion for delivering patient-centered primary eye care for our Dallas, TX office. Experienced ODs and New Grads welcome.As one of our optometrists, the responsibilities of practice management are handled...
Apply Share

Assistant Manager Trainee

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Assistant Manager Trainee - StoresJ.C. Penney Company, Inc.Plano, TexasAt JCPenney, we share a passion for serving customers, supporting our communities and being the best retailer for all families. As a company founded on the Golden Rule, our success is rooted in the belief that we treat everyone...
Apply Share

Guest Service Runner

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Benchmark's company culture is central to our management philosophy. The company's stated purpose is "to provide an entrepreneurial environment where determined people dare to create, share, and build futures.To be the "benchmark" by which all others are judged takes...
Apply Share

Licensed Practical Nurse LPN - ACT Community Based ACT - Full Time - Shreveport

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Merakey is currently seeking a Full Time Licensed Practical Nurse LPN to join our ACT Team in the Shreveport, LA area.ABOUT MERAKEYMerakey is a leading developmental, behavioral health and education provider offering a breadth of integrated services to individuals and communities across the country...
Apply Share
Shreveport, LA

Optometrist

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
COMPANY OVERVIEWAdventure Dental, Vision and Orthodontics is part of the Hero Practice Management group. Hero is the only practice management company focused on delivering the systems, processes, and people needed to efficiently deliver quality dental, vision and orthodontic care to children in...
Apply Share

Part Time Weekend Days - Registered Nurse (RN)/Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) [Req: D0002]

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Their child. Their home. Our passion.Universal Pediatrics provides one-of-a-kind skilled nursing care to pediatric clients and are looking for one-of-a-kind nurses to join our team! Our nurses are a crucial part of their client's plan of care and because of this, we hire nurses specifically...
Apply Share

RN - Telemetry

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
We are hospitals and affiliated medical groups, working closely together for the benefit of every person who comes to us for care. We build comprehensive networks of quality healthcare services that are designed to offer our patients highly coordinated, personalized care and help them live...
Apply Share

RN - Telemetry - Sign On Bonus

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
We are hospitals and affiliated medical groups, working closely together for the benefit of every person who comes to us for care. We build comprehensive networks of quality healthcare services that are designed to offer our patients highly coordinated, personalized care and help them live...
Apply Share

Service Technician

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Do things like HVAC, problem solving, and repairs, sound like a perfect combination? Then our Service Technician position could be your perfect match.Overview:Responsible for providing start-up and warranty service for all CHC product lines. Identity and/or repair replacement needs; providing...
Apply Share
Tukwila, WA

IT Operations Intern

Type: Internship
IT Operations Intern - DEN000347
Apply Share

Data Science Technician

Type: Part Time
What we're looking for:Arable is looking for a detail-oriented and energetic part-time member to assist with calibration and measurement data management and agriculturally-focused field data collection across California. This member will be working with a team of scientists to provide...
Apply Share
San Francisco, CA

Client Service Administrator

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
:Signature Family Wealth Advisors, a wholly owned subsidiary of Brown Advisory, is seeking a Client Service Administrator in the Charlottesville, VA office. Signature Family Wealth Advisors is a multi-family office serving approximately 180 families and managing in excess of $4 billion. The firm...
Apply Share
Charlottesville, VA

IT Intern

Type: Internship
Tennessee Cancer Specialists is seeking a full-time, Lab Technician for our Johnson City, TN location.Why work for Tennessee Cancer Specialists?Patients, family members and caregivers often ask if you have to have special training to be part of our team because they notice that we enjoy our work...
Apply Share

OrthoArizona MEDICAL ASSISTANT- Orthopaedic Medical Practice

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
OrthoArizona clinic in Gilbert, AZ is looking for medical assistants wtih outstanding personatilities and great cutomer service skills to assist in our growing medical practice. Busy state of the art facility with x-ray & DME. Our practice serves a diverse population, you will care for young...
Apply Share

Veterinary Technician

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Central Maui Animal Clinic is seeking a Veterinary Technician to come work with us then, live and play on Maui!We are seeking an energetic Veterinarian Technician to join our talented team. Experience is a plus but we would welcome new grads. The ideal candidate has amazing customer service and...
Apply Share

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

Type: Part Time
Are you passionate about caring for others, and truly making a difference? Then we have a job for you!Our donor center is in need of a compassionate and highly professional Licensed Practical Nurse who is comfortable evaluating and counseling donors as well as supporting the team in all other areas...
Apply Share

Summer Intern

Type: Internship
Join Our Team!Sunbelt Rentals strives to be the customer's first choice in the equipment rental industry. From pumps to scaffolding to general construction tools, we aim to be the only call needed to outfit a job site with the proper equipment. Not only do we offer a vast fleet that ranks...
Apply Share
Oklahoma City, OK

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT-I, EMT-A, EMT-P) - Bilingual Spanish

Type: Part Time
We are seeking an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) to join our growing biopharmaceutical company. At Octapharma Plasma you can channel your passion for helping others into a medical career that is fast-paced and personally and professionally rewarding. Recent medically trained graduates as well...
Apply Share