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Who came up with this wacked definition of technician? It must be the result of union terminology since nearly every person who works in production and manufacturing has a technician title. Even the most simple jobs such as loading a part into a fixture and pressing a button has now become a technician. Even the usual assembly positions have now been given technician titles.

Pretty pathetic considering a technician was originally the term used for someone who has detailed knowledge and skills needed to work in various service fields. Dve —Preceding unsigned comment added by Dve (talkcontribs) 13:27, 13 September 2005

Agreed - It needs looking at. In particular I'd like to pop on a bit about the difference between a Technician and Engineer, but Im having trouble finding a reference for it (I should have made more notes when I went to the IEE development do). Lkchild —Preceding unsigned comment added by Lkchild (talkcontribs) 03:00, 1 May 2006

When I was a student, a couple of Engineering lecturers stated that an engineer is basically a technician with an additional awareness of the social, commercial, and legal aspects of his fields. Having been in the industry, I think there is definitely a difference even on the "core" technical matters: an engineer has more pure science, more mathematical abstract understanding of the technical side, while technicians are very hands-on lower-level understanding and more apt in industrial technical communications. For instance in an electricity power company, an engineer will be able to do loadflow analysis, fault calculations, do a conceptual design of a remote-controlled air break switch controller system. A technician will not know the maths to do such, but he will be able to do a more detailed design of DC-power supply system including switchboards specified to industry standards (something that an engineer may only be vaguely aware of), and he is able to draw standardized drawings by hand if necessary.
In terms of semi-technically related skills, a technician usually has difficulties understanding attempts of describing his/her own fields of expert by non-technical background people, which may be conveyed in technically incorrect terms or non-technical terminologies. He will probably also have more difficulties of not resorting to jargons when explaining his works. In contrast, an engineer usually has a greater ability to comprehend non-technical persons' (sometimes incorrect, but often described with elementary science) coinings of the technical stuff, and is able (some world say required) to gauge any of his communications to the backgrounds of audience. For instance, it is more difficult for a technician to explain the difference between the RS-232 and RS-485 protocols in data communications to his accountant-background manager than an engineer. (Not sure if this could be added to the main article, as this is my personal experience and we may need literatures to confirm) --JNZ 09:43, 8 October 2007 (UTC)

Added: Mikey June 20, 2009: After 40 years in the "technician field" I have defined myself and fellow technicians as follows: A person who has unique skills in the repair, diagnosis and functional operation of man made equipment. Usually a person who can determine the faults and make a reliable repair that places the equipment back into a safe operating condition. One whom has adaptive skills that change with equipment and can see parts that are repairable and not just change them.

I hope this may clarify what a technician is verse a parts changer. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:17, 19 June 2009 (UTC)

l'entreprise —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 14:22, 24 November 2009 (UTC)

USAF technicians[edit]

I've changed some articles referring to USAF "airmen" who were not flyboys, to "technicians" linked to this article. Hope we can find come way to keep it, especially with the present image. --Pawyilee (talk) 10:12, 26 July 2011 (UTC)

Musical technicians[edit]

I couldn't find a directly applicable article for the term, but I thought I'd note that the term "technician" is also used to apply to musicians. I'm not talking about roadies ("drum tech" or "guitar tech") or audio engineers. The people who work with body mechanics, instrumentation, and music theory in order to develop new musical techniques and methods are called "technicians". The closest article I could find is clinic (music), but that implies that the person is a performance artist. I just thought I'd say it, for reference. Thanks. -- Smuckola (Email) (Talk) 07:53, 24 April 2013 (UTC)