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Characteristics of an Engineer & a Technician, and their necessities

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Writing is my passion and continuing from 2013 to date on various platforms. I completed my M.Sc. in 1996 in Applied Physics & Electronics.

The superiority clash between Engineer and the Technician is a universal truth. People around the world debate and have made that thing the most talked about topic around the world. The attitude of overestimation against themselves creates to suffer from a superiority complex. In reality, the ego problem creates a mental distance between them in that fashion.

Before proceeding, let's look at the basics of their involvement in the working arena. Some real-life examples are available in this article for a clear understanding to everybody about the necessity of Engineers and Technicians to work together to complete a project successfully.


Engineer & Technician-Electrical

An electrical Engineer knows the theory of electricity and other relevant things very well. A simple example is when electricity flows through a cable, a magnetic field generates, and that's what that person (Engineer) knows. If someone asks that to a technician, there is less possibility to have the answer from that person (Technician). But, in electrical wiring within a premise or anywhere else, the Technician is quite smart in comparison to the Engineer.

There is a physics against our home used ceiling fan, and that is Torque. What is Torque? If the question throws towards an electrical Engineer, the answer would naturally come out from that engineer with a detailed explanation. "Torque is a measure of the force that causes an object to rotate about an axis. That person would further explain that the ceiling fan has a motor that converts electrical energy to mechanical energy. He will further explain that the capacitor of the fan torques up that motor and causes a situation to start and run. In this fashion, the electrical energy converts to mechanical energy and compels the coil to spin". The less possibility to have such a detailed explanation from a technician. The technician would naturally be an expert to install the fan but would be unsuccessful explain the physics, and that's natural.


Engineer & Technician-Civil Engineering

The Civil Engineer has a wide range of technical know-how about the architectural platform. The system analysis and design of a building or a project and many other relevant analytical things belong to his working responsibility. After having thorough research, that Engineer handover proper working guidelines to the Technician (supervisor in this case).

After that, the Technician/Supervisor provides necessary instructions and guidelines, and keeps very cautious eyes on the activities are being done by the subordinates (usually labor or similar person).

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Engineer & Technician-Automobile Engineering

An automobile engineer posses the theory and the science of mechanical engineering. The academic background has made that person capable of doing the ins and outs of analytical research-oriented activities about automobile engineering. After completing the entire system analysis and design, that engineer provides a realistic structure, necessary guidelines, and relevant information to the automobile company for making, say car. All these are related to the activities of that engineer. The next phase is for the Technician. The practical knowledge of the Technician helps to assemble the made parts. Despite not knowing mechanical engineering, a Technician might be an expert automobile personality.

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  • Can a system run successfully only by an Engineer or a Technician?

The answer does come out from the examples given. The working periphery of both the Engineer and the Technician is mentioned clearly at the beginning of this article. So, naturally, the answer is no. The most important thing is to pull out a system smoothly both Engineer and the Technician complement each other. In a word, Engineers and Technicians play a very vital role to pull out a system successfully. The cascade phenomenon of their activities determines the ultimate fate of a project. Any gap between them would create a severe disaster by breaking down the whole project. So, the synchronization of their working activities is badly required to reach the expected goal.

  • What makes the difference between Engineer and Technician?

The working periphery of the Engineer and the Technician creates discrimination between them. The Engineers possess vast knowledge of theories and science. In comparison to the Technician, Engineers contain less practical knowledge to resolve the problems. That is the usual scenario. After that, the Engineer handover the project with the necessary information and guidelines after having thorough research and compilation to complete the project successfully. In a nutshell, the research-based activities are mainly part of the Engineer.

On the contrary, a technician is a person who has got more practical knowledge to resolve problems and keep things working somehow. But, the most significant drawback of a technician is, usually, they do not have the required academic background to explain the insight or the physics of any particular problem. At this point, the prime discrimination between Engineer and Technician appears. So, the main working criteria of a Technician are practical knowledge and working skills rather than knowing theories, science, or being involved with any research-oriented activities.

We can summarize by stating there is no opportunity to create any discrimination between Engineers and Technicians. The reason is pretty simple, and that is, the project failure becomes obvious due to the absence of any of them within a system.

This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

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Thamid on July 03, 2021:

Excellent content!!

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