There are similarities between the roles of technicians across all fields from the arts and theatre to engineering and science. So, it should be possible to create one definition to cover all technicians. This piece is the hunt for that definition – it is also still a work in progress.
Otto Baumbach (1882-1966) was a glass blower whose work in Manchester was vital to Nobel Laureate Ernest Rutherford.
Science and art have always been a team effort; however, it is going to take a change in our perception of technical skill before everyone gets fully acknowledged for their contribution to that team.
A group of technicians met together to share their knowledge and skills about extractions and digests but also to discuss how to deal with laboratory users questions.
Andy Connelly searches for technicians in fiction and finds a technician-shaped hole.
As a technician, I often feel like I am being bombarded with questions. This can make me feel like an ancient Greek oracle, constantly being consulted for my opinion.
In 1990 the Blue Book was introduced in an attempt to give university technicians a promotions structure. Here is a short history – I would love to hear from anyone with more information.
Trolley days: a technician’s search for meaning in the mundane. As I collect deliveries from reception I sometimes wonder whether all technicians have a favourite trolley. I am slightly embarrassed to admit that I do.
“Do I count as a technician?” I was asked this question by someone wanting to join the Technicians’ Network. As we are an inclusive group I said “Of course you can join, the more the merrier” and so avoided the question as I didn’t have an answer. In an attempt to find one I decided to set about inventing a test to answer this question once and for all.
In a conversational lull at a recent dinner party a neighbour asked me, “So, what do you do for a job?”