Wage and Hour Division (WHD)
Service Contract Act Directory of Occupations
29000 Technical Occupations
This category includes occupations concerned with providing technical assistance to engineers and scientists in both laboratory and production activities as well as occupations concerned with independently operating and servicing technical equipment and systems. Characteristic of occupations in this category is the requirements for a knowledge of scientific, engineering, and mathematical theories, principles and techniques that is less than full professional knowledge but which nevertheless enables the technician to understand how and why a specific device or system operates.
The technician solves practical problems encountered in fields of specialization, such as those concerned with development of electrical and electronic circuits, and establishment of testing methods for electrical, electronic, electromechanical, and hydromechanical devices and mechanisms; application of engineering principles in solving design , development, and modification problems of parts or assemblies for products or systems; and application of natural and physical science principles to basic or applied research problems in fields, such as metallurgy, chemistry, and physics. May perform technical procedures and related activities independently.
Workers with the title of Technician who are concerned primarily with maintenance and repair are classified with Mechanics and Maintenance and Repair Occupations.