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Dental Laboratory Technician Training
There are no formal education or training requirements to be a dental laboratory technician, but most have at least a high school diploma. Technicians usually learn their skills on the job.
Most dental laboratory technicians learn through on-the-job training. They usually begin as helpers in a laboratory and learn more advanced skills as they gain experience. For example, technicians may begin by pouring plaster into an impression to make a model. As they become more experienced, they may progress to more complex tasks, such as making porcelain crowns and bridges. Because all laboratories are different, the length of training varies.
A high school diploma is the standard requirement for getting a job as a dental laboratory technician. High school students interested in becoming dental laboratory technicians should take courses in science, mathematics, computer programming, and art.
Formal education programs are available for dental laboratory technicians through vocational schools, community colleges, and universities. Most programs take 2 years to complete, though there are a few 4-year programs available. All programs have courses in dental anatomy, dental ceramics, dentures, and partial dentures. As laboratories continue to manufacture parts for dental appliances using advanced computer programs, it may be helpful for technicians to take courses in computer skills and programming.
Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition
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