Wordle showing frequency of words used in definitions.

Defining a technician

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.

Vibe technician. Sticker found on bin in Newcastle. Origin unknown.


This blog post may be the most niche criticism of Strictly Come Dancing ever to have been launched in to the world. But, I do love a good sequin… oh and a reference to technicians! #takebacktechnician

Otto Baumbach in 1928

Otto Baumbach

Otto Baumbach (1882-1966) was a glass blower whose work in Manchester was vital to Nobel Laureate Ernest Rutherford.

Dug and Hognob in the Early Man movie, 2018 (StudioCanal)

A technician’s eye view of the history of science

Technicians are the forgotten people, the invisible members of the scientific community who almost never appear in the science text books. This is a journey through the history of science and of technicians; from pre-history right through to now.

Cover of the technicians blue book. Thank you to Mel Leitch from the University of Newcastle for sending me this copy.

The technicians’ Blue Book

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.