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Dental Laboratory Aid and Technician Series, 0683

Individual Occupational Requirements

Specialized Experience

(for positions at GS-4 and above: Examples of qualifying specialized experience include:

  • Use of dental laboratory material such as impression materials, plasters, stones, hydrocolloids, waxes, metals, acrylics, porcelain, and similar materials.
  • Use of laboratory equipment such as hand tools, dental lathes, engines, and hand pieces, furnaces, casting machines, presses, flasks, and related equipment.
  • Use of precision instruments such as articulators, surveyors, and microanalyzers.
  • Construction of dental prosthetic appliances.


Education and Training:

For GS-3:

Successful completion of the first full year (9 months) of the 2-year program of study and training in dental technology in a school for dental laboratory technicians approved by the Council on Dental Education of the American Dental Association.

For GS-4:

Successful completion of a full 2-year program (18 months) of study and training in dental technology as described above for GS-3.

For GS-5:

Successful completion of an approved apprenticeship program consisting of at least 2000 hours a year for 3 years.

For GS-6:

Successful completion of a full 4-year apprenticeship program consisting of at least 2000 hours a year.

The successful completion of training courses in dental laboratory work in the Armed Forces or other Federal agencies will be allowed appropriate credit for specialized experience on a month-for-month basis up through GS-5.

Licensed professional dentists will be considered qualified for any grade level if they have, in the aggregate, the required experience in dental laboratory procedures.

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