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Dental Laboratory Technicians, Precision
The Benchmark Job Description below represents the specific Position Characteristics of the job used in the Salary Survey. Benchmark Job Descriptions should be inspected carefully to review the degree of matching between an organizations' Job and the Salary Survey Benchmark. Matching internal Jobs to Salary Survey Benchmark Jobs should not be done on Job Title alone. A thorough comparison of Salary Survey Benchmark to Internal Job Descriptions is recommended. A good overlap should exist on any comparisons used on critical Job Dimensions and Competencies.
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Dental
Benchmark Title: Dental Laboratory Technicians, Precision
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Construct and repair full or partial dentures or dental appliances. Read prescriptions or specifications, and examine models and impressions, to determine the design of dental products to be constructed.
 
Fabricate, alter, and repair dental devices such as dentures, crowns, bridges, inlays, and appliances for straightening teeth.
 
Test appliances for conformance to specifications and accuracy of occlusion, using articulators and micrometers.
 
Place tooth models on apparatus that mimics bite and movement of patient's jaw to evaluate functionality of model.
 
Melt metals or mix plaster, porcelain, or acrylic pastes, and pour materials into molds or over frameworks to form dental prostheses or apparatus.
 
Prepare metal surfaces for bonding with porcelain to create artificial teeth, using small hand tools.
 
Remove excess metal or porcelain, and polish surfaces of prostheses or frameworks, using polishing machines.
 
Create a model of patient's mouth by pouring plaster into a dental impression and allowing plaster to set.
 
Load newly constructed teeth into porcelain furnaces to bake the porcelain onto the metal framework.
 
Build and shape wax teeth, using small hand instruments and information from observations or dentists' specifications.
 
Apply porcelain paste or wax over prosthesis frameworks or setups, using brushes and spatulas.
 
Fill chipped or low spots in surfaces of devices, using acrylic resins.
 
Prepare wax bite-blocks and impression trays for use.
 
Mold wax over denture set-ups to form the full contours of artificial gums.
 
Train and supervise other dental technicians or dental laboratory bench workers.
 
Rebuild or replace linings, wire sections, and missing teeth to repair dentures.
 
Shape and solder wire and metal frames or bands for dental products, using soldering irons and hand tools.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Dental
Benchmark Title: Dental Laboratory Technicians, Precision
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
Production and Processing Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
 
Design Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
 
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
 
Medicine and Dentistry Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
 
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
 
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
 
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Dental
Benchmark Title: Dental Laboratory Technicians, Precision
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
 
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
 
Operation and Control Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
 
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Dental
Benchmark Title: Dental Laboratory Technicians, Precision
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
 
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
 
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
 
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
Manual Dexterity The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
 
Multilimb Coordination The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
 
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
 
Auditory Attention The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Dental
Benchmark Title: Dental Laboratory Technicians, Precision
 
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Bookkeeping software Accounting software
 
Computer imaging software Graphics or photo imaging software
 
Database management software Data base user interface and query software
 
Easy Solutions Easy Lab Data base user interface and query software
 
Email software Electronic mail software
 
Graphics software Graphics or photo imaging software
 
Intuit QuickBooks software Accounting software
 
Inventory management software Inventory management software
 
Inventrix Labtrac Data base user interface and query software
 
Jenmar International DL-Plus Data base user interface and query software
 
LabMagic Data base user interface and query software
 
Laboratory Systems Group Lab Manager Data base user interface and query software
 
Mainstreet Systems & Software DentaLab/PC II Data base user interface and query software
 
Mainstreet Systems & Software DentaRX Word processing software
 
Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet software
 
Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation software
 
Microsoft Word Word processing software
 
Scheduling software Calendar and scheduling software
 
Spreadsheet software Spreadsheet software
 
Web browser software Internet browser software
 
Acrylic cutters Dental burs
 
Adjustable articulators Dental articulators or accessories
 
Air compressors Air compressors
 
Air scribes Dental laboratory air abrasion units
 
Amalgam dispensers Amalgam carriers
 
Amalgam instruments Amalgam carriers
 
Anatomic articulators Dental articulators or accessories
 
Arcon articulators Dental articulators or accessories
 
Articulators Dental articulators or accessories
 
Auto chucks Chucks
 
Build-up brushes Dental finishing or polishing discs
 
Bunsen burners Gas burners
 
Casting torches Dental laboratory burners or torches
 
Clinical scales Laboratory balances
 
Conventional lathes Dental laboratory lathes or accessories
 
Crown holders Dental laboratory model trimmers or accessories
 
Crucible formers Dental laboratory casting machines or its parts or accessories
 
Crucibles Crucibles for dental casting machines
 
Culture plates Tissue culture coated plates or dishes or inserts
 
Culture tubes Culture tubes
 
Curette scalers Dental scalers or accessories
 
Dental amalgamators Dental amalgamators
 
Dental buffing wheels Dental finishing or polishing discs
 
Dental burs Dental burs
 
Dental finishing stones Dental stones
 
Dental finishing wheels Dental finishing or polishing discs
 
Dental handpieces Dental hand pieces or accessories
 
Dental lab microscopes Binocular light compound microscopes
 
Dental laboratory alcohol torches Dental laboratory burners or torches
 
Dental laboratory bench lathes Dental laboratory lathes or accessories
 
Dental laboratory casting machines Dental laboratory casting machines or its parts or accessories
 
Dental laboratory centrifugal casting units Dental laboratory casting machines or its parts or accessories
 
Dental laboratory curing lights Dental laboratory curing units
 
Dental laboratory die mold fabrication systems Dental laboratory dies
 
Dental laboratory dust collectors Dental laboratory dust collectors
 
Dental laboratory gold platers Dental laboratory gold platers or supplies
 
Dental laboratory high-speed lathes Dental laboratory lathes or accessories
 
Dental laboratory microblasters Dental laboratory sandblasters or supplies
 
Dental laboratory model trimmers Dental laboratory model trimmers or accessories
 
Dental laboratory pressure molding devices Dental laboratory casting machines or its parts or accessories
 
Dental laboratory pumice lathes Dental laboratory lathes or accessories
 
Dental laboratory sandblasters Dental laboratory sandblasters or supplies
 
Dental laboratory solderers Dental laboratory soldering machines or supplies
 
Dental laboratory torches Dental laboratory burners or torches
 
Dental laboratory vacuum extractors Dental laboratory vacuum units or supplies
 
Dental laboratory vacuum formers Dental laboratory vacuum units or supplies
 
Dental laboratory vacuum pumps Laboratory vacuum pumps
 
Dental laboratory vacuum-mixing devices Dental laboratory vacuum units or supplies
 
Dental laboratory wax heaters Dental laboratory waxing units
 
Dental milling machines Milling cutters
 
Dental ovens Dental laboratory furnaces
 
Dental plaster knives Dental plaster knives
 
Dental pliers Orthodontic pliers
 
Dental polishing brushes Dental finishing or polishing discs
 
Dental polishing machines Dental finishing or polishing discs
 
Dental rotary cutting equipment Dental cutting or separating discs
 
Dental surveyors Dental marking devices
 
Dental vibrators Dental laboratory vibrators
 
Dental wax carvers Dental wax carvers
 
Dental wax spatuals Dental spatulas
 
Desktop computers Desktop computers
 
Diamond burs Dental burs
 
Diamond wheels Dental cutting or separating discs
 
Digital cameras Digital cameras
 
Dowel pin drills Dental pin drivers
 
Electric burnout furnaces Dental laboratory furnaces
 
Electric welding machines Welders
 
Electronic precision balances Laboratory balances
 
Electronically operated mallets Mallets
 
Flask presses Dental laboratory casting machines or its parts or accessories
 
Glazer vacuum furnaces Dental laboratory furnaces
 
Grinding machines Dental finishing or polishing discs
 
Hygrobaths Dental impression material water baths or accessories
 
Impression syringes Dental impression material syringes or accessories
 
Impression trays Dental impression trays
 
Injection flasks Dental laboratory flasks
 
Inlay furnaces Dental laboratory furnaces
 
Laboratory beakers Laboratory beakers
 
Laboratory flow meters Flow sensors
 
Laser printers Laser printers
 
Light microscopes Binocular light compound microscopes
 
Matrix retainers Dental retainers
 
Mechanical dental instrument sharpeners Dental instrument sharpening accessories
 
Micrometers Micrometers
 
Mobile mixers Laboratory mixers
 
Model duster brushes Dental finishing or polishing discs
 
Mortars and pestles Pestle or mortars
 
Neodymium-doped Yttrium Aluminum Garnet Nd:YAG dental lasers Dental lasers
 
Notebook computers Notebook computers
 
Personal computers Personal computers
 
Pneumatic presses Workshop presses
 
Porcelain furnaces Dental laboratory furnaces
 
Porcelain slicers Dental knives
 
Prophylaxis brushes Dental finishing or polishing discs
 
Semiadjustable articulators Dental articulators or accessories
 
Shade guides Dental shades
 
Soft brushes Dental finishing or polishing discs
 
Split flasks Dental laboratory flasks
 
Spot-welding equipment Dental laboratory soldering machines or supplies
 
Steam cleaners Steam autoclaves or sterilizers
 
Stereo microscopes Stereo or dissecting light microscopes
 
Surgical knives Dental knives
 
Ultrasonic cleaners Ultrasonic cleaning equipment
 
Water baths Water baths
 
Water purification systems Ultra pure water systems
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Dental
Benchmark Title: Dental Laboratory Technicians, Precision
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education High School Diploma (or GED or High School Equivalence Certificate)
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training Over 1 month, up to and including 3 months
 
On-the-Job Training Over 3 months, up to and including 6 months
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Dental
Benchmark Title: Dental Laboratory Technicians, Precision
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Ceramist
Crown Ceramist
Crown and Bridge Dental Lab Technician
Crown and Bridge Technician
Dental Appliance Fixer
Dental Appliance Mechanic
Dental Appliance Repairer
Dental Ceramist
Dental Ceramist Assistant
Dental Equipment Installer and Servicer
Dental Instrument Maker
Dental Lab Technician
Dental Laboratory Technician
Dental Laboratory Technician Apprentice
Dental Laboratory Worker
Dental Mechanic
Dental Model Worker
Dental Mold Maker
Dental Technician
Dental Technologist
Denture Contour Wire Specialist
Denture Finisher
Denture Technician
Denture Waxer
Laboratory Technician
Metal Finisher
Metal Room Dental Technician
Model Technician
Model and Dye Person
Orthodontic Band Maker
Orthodontic Lab Technician
Orthodontic Technician
Orthodontic Technician Assistant
Partial Design and Survey Technician
Porcelain Finisher
Porcelain Technician
Waxer
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Dental
Benchmark Title: Dental Laboratory Technicians, Precision
 
 
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