The Increasing Prominence of the Engineering Technician in NASA 630136
The role of the engineering technician in a government research and development organization, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Lewis Research Center, is discussed. The type of technicians, their duties, salary levels, and opportunities are described and compared with the craftsman category. Included are some statistics showing the distribution of personnel among the engineer, technician, craftsman, and administrative classes of personnel. Also presented are pro and con arguments for expanded use of technicians with concluding contentions for their increased utilization.