|Top Tasks (Specific duties and responsibilities of this job.)
| Read prescriptions or specifications and examine models or impressions to determine the design of dental products to be constructed.
| Fabricate, alter, or repair dental devices, such as dentures, crowns, bridges, inlays, or appliances for straightening teeth.
| Remove excess metal or porcelain and polish surfaces of prostheses or frameworks, using polishing machines.
| Melt metals or mix plaster, porcelain, or acrylic pastes and pour materials into molds or over frameworks to form dental prostheses or apparatus.
| Test appliances for conformance to specifications and accuracy of occlusion, using articulators and micrometers.
| Apply porcelain paste or wax over prosthesis frameworks or setups, using brushes and spatulas.
| Place tooth models on apparatus that mimics bite and movement of patient`s jaw to evaluate functionality of model.
| Create a model of patient`s mouth by pouring plaster into a dental impression and allowing plaster to set.
| Train or supervise other dental technicians or dental laboratory bench workers.
| Prepare metal surfaces for bonding with porcelain to create artificial teeth, using small hand tools.
|Top Skills used in this Job
| 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.
| 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.
| Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
| Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
| 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 and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
| Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.