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Dental technologists and technicians

OaSIS code 32112.00

Dental technologists and technicians design, prepare and fabricate dentures and dental devices as prescribed by dentists and other specialists.

Overview

Also known as

  • Dental technician
  • Dental technician supervisor
  • Dental technologist
  • Registered dental technician (RDT)
  • Registered dental technologist (RDT)

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

  • Design, fabricate, modify or repair dental devices including full or partial dentures, orthodontic appliances, crowns, bridges, inlays, onlays, clasps and bands, and implants
  • Ensure proper handling and control of hazardous materials, and adhere to laboratory infection control procedures as required.
  • May consult with dentists or other specialists on problematic dental cases
  • May train and supervise other dental technicians and dental laboratory assistants in fabricating dentures and other dental devices
  • May conduct research in the science, techniques and practice of dental technology
  • May perform administrative functions for the dental laboratory.

Additional information

No data has been provided for this section.

Similar occupations classified elsewhere

Exclusions:

  • Denturists (32110)
  • Dental hygienists and dental therapists (32111)
  • Dental assistants and dental laboratory assistants (33100)

NOC hierarchy breakdown

NOC version

NOC 2021 Version 1.0

Broad occupational category

3 – Health occupations

TEER

2 – Occupations usually require a college diploma or apprenticeship training of two or more years; or supervisory occupations

Major group

32 – Technical occupations in health

Sub-major group

321 – Technical occupations in health (except practitioners of natural healing)

Minor group

3211 – Technical occupations in dental health care

Unit group

32112 – Dental technologists and technicians

Occupational profile

32112.00 – Dental technologists and technicians

Work characteristics

Work characteristics gathers the various components describing the work environment of each occupation, such as employers, work activities, and the work context. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of complexity (for Work Activities) or other measurement dimensions (for Work Context), and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.

Work Activities

Proficiency or complexity level
Assisting and Caring for Others
4 - High Level
Applying New Knowledge
3 - Moderate Level
Clerical Activities
3 - Moderate Level
Controlling Machines and Processes
3 - Moderate Level
Electronic Maintenance
3 - Moderate Level

Work Context

Structural Job Characteristics

Structured versus Unstructured Work
Degree of freedom to determine tasks and priorities
3 - Moderate amount of freedom
Work Week Duration
Worked hours in a typical week
2 - Between 35 to 40 hours

Physical Work Environment

Physical Proximity
Physical distance from others
3 - Somewhat close (e.g. share office)

Physical Demands

Sitting
Duration
2 - Less than half the time
Standing
Duration
3 - About half the time
Bending or Twisting the Body
Duration
2 - Less than half the time

Interpersonal Relations

Contact with Others
Frequency
4 - Every day, a few times per day
Duration
4 - More than half the time
Work with Work Group or Team
Importance
4 - Highly important
Frequency
4 - Every day, a few times per day

Workplaces/employers

  • Dental laboratories

Skills and abilities

This section displays the various competencies required for an occupation. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of proficiency (for Skills and Abilities) or importance (for Personal Attributes) and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.

Abilities

Proficiency or complexity level
Finger Dexterity
5 - Highest Level
Arm-Hand Steadiness
4 - High Level
Control of Settings
4 - High Level
Near Vision
4 - High Level
Colour Perception
3 - Moderate Level

Skills

Proficiency or complexity level
Quality Control Testing
4 - High Level
Critical Thinking
3 - Moderate Level
Digital Literacy
3 - Moderate Level
Equipment and Tool Selection
3 - Moderate Level
Learning and Teaching Strategies
3 - Moderate Level

Personal Attributes

Importance
Attention to Detail
5 - Extremely important
Adaptability
4 - Highly important
Analytical Thinking
4 - Highly important
Collaboration
4 - Highly important
Concern for Others
4 - Highly important