• Welcome to Dental Lab Network
    1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

    Technician wanted in Portland OR

    Discussion in 'Removable' started by kcdt, Feb 10, 2017.

    1. kcdt

      kcdt Well-Known Member Full Member

      Joined:
      Jun 2008
      Messages:
      2,325
      Likes Received:
      465
      we need a technician to fill the process/finish spot here. Not for the lazy. We have a great reputation and we're busy.
       
    2. paul sarratt cdt

      paul sarratt cdt Member Full Member

      Joined:
      Aug 2015
      Messages:
      45
      Likes Received:
      10
      Just out of curiosity what does that position pay out there(I know there are lots of variables just ballpark) I am a little more than just a process finish person but i am curious what the pay is like on the west coast I am in central ohio
       
    3. kcdt

      kcdt Well-Known Member Full Member

      Joined:
      Jun 2008
      Messages:
      2,325
      Likes Received:
      465
      The owner says that varies depending on what abilities are.
      FWIW I started at 40k ish. Last year I pulled in almost 48.
      We get health insurance, vision, a life policy, two weeks paid vacay.
      They never stiff on overtime.

      I you want to talk to the powers that be,
      Custom Dental Prosthetics
      5036562775
      Ask for Raffi.
       
      • Like Like x 2
    4. paul sarratt cdt

      paul sarratt cdt Member Full Member

      Joined:
      Aug 2015
      Messages:
      45
      Likes Received:
      10
      Thanks for the reply I do not come on this site much but i see that you have cdt behind your initial, are you a cdt? and if so what are you certified in? I have been certified in CD since 2112 been doing it much longer but my certification isn't worth beans in Ohio. I am really considering a change my salary here is comparable to what you quoted but i am in a dead end career trajectory wise.Does the designation hold much weight out there?
       
    5. TheLabGuy

      TheLabGuy Just a Member Full Member

      Joined:
      Dec 2007
      Messages:
      4,372
      Likes Received:
      560
      A typo? Maybe not, and you're going to live longer than all of us ;) Good questions though, always wondered myself some of the questions you're asking.
       
    6. 2thm8kr
      Devilish

      2thm8kr Beanosavedmysociallife Full Member

      Joined:
      Dec 2009
      Messages:
      8,435
      Likes Received:
      2,187
      Location:
      Suburbs of Hades
      You're blowing his time traveler cover.
       
      • Funny Funny x 1
    7. paul sarratt cdt

      paul sarratt cdt Member Full Member

      Joined:
      Aug 2015
      Messages:
      45
      Likes Received:
      10
      OK you guys busted me i am from the future and i was bored so i traveled back in time to converse with technicians from the past I only have one more question Who killed J.R.
       
    8. paul sarratt cdt

      paul sarratt cdt Member Full Member

      Joined:
      Aug 2015
      Messages:
      45
      Likes Received:
      10
      correction shot J.R. LOL on a side note to the original poster my questions are sincere and I can be verified through the NBC website if it means anything to the powers that be
       
    9. JMN
      Curious

      JMN Christian Member Full Member

      Joined:
      Sep 2012
      Messages:
      5,654
      Likes Received:
      1,156
      Location:
      In a surprisingly solid sea of electrons
      Well, y'blew it. Now I know you're a traveler from the past.
       
    10. kcdt

      kcdt Well-Known Member Full Member

      Joined:
      Jun 2008
      Messages:
      2,325
      Likes Received:
      465
      I can't speak for the greater metro area, but this lab pays CDT more.
      As for career trajectories, most of us would be hard pressed to correlate certification to upward mobility.
      That said, I found it helpful in getting a serious interview.
      My CDT is complete dentures, awarded in '97.
       
      • Like Like x 1
    11. rc75
      Sleepy

      rc75 Well-Known Member Sponsors Full Member

      Joined:
      Oct 2011
      Messages:
      1,977
      Likes Received:
      535
      Location:
      San Gabriel CA
      I sent you a PM.
       
    12. TheLabGuy

      TheLabGuy Just a Member Full Member

      Joined:
      Dec 2007
      Messages:
      4,372
      Likes Received:
      560
      My techs went and did their CDT exams last year and became CDT's. I pushed them to do it not for recognition or for them to make more pay. However, I want them to have every chance and opportunity I did in this industry...and to be honest, I love this shlt fellas!!! And as kcdt eluded too...it may not get you any extra money, or the dream job you were seeking, but it will almost always get you a sit down with the owner for a serious interview. Trust me, that's half the battle with us introverts. Besides, BSc after my name was getting lonely :p
       
      • Like Like x 1
    13. Joe
      Blah

      Joe Member Full Member

      Joined:
      Oct 2009
      Messages:
      141
      Likes Received:
      10
      Location:
      The Great Northwest
      Good luck to you. We've had the hardest time finding experienced techs out here. Some of the best recent hires have been from outside the area.
       
    14. paul sarratt cdt

      paul sarratt cdt Member Full Member

      Joined:
      Aug 2015
      Messages:
      45
      Likes Received:
      10
       
    15. paul sarratt cdt

      paul sarratt cdt Member Full Member

      Joined:
      Aug 2015
      Messages:
      45
      Likes Received:
      10
      thanks kcdt i have not recognized a nickel since i achieved my cdt but the personal satisfaction is what i was after.Not to sound conceited but in this line of work either you have it or you don't. I came from a construction background and fell into this field(no pun intended but i actually fell 2 stories on a jobsite) long story short i did vocational rehab and was offered this field as a career. I took to it like a fish to water and the rest is history. I personally love the challenge of setting a case for someone who is completely edentulous some are gravy others not so much removable techs face challenges that are so varied and to me that never gets old. What does get old is the business side of this industry hence my original response to kcdt's post.Anyhow I have the utmost respect for this field and the individuals who make it what it is.
       
      • Like Like x 2
    16. Affinity
      Question

      Affinity Well-Known Member Full Member

      Joined:
      Oct 2009
      Messages:
      3,749
      Likes Received:
      750
      Location:
      7B
      Paul, what does the top of the career trajectory in removables look like? Being a manager or doing implant cases? Just curious. Getting a denturist certificate might push that trajectory a bit higher? There are dozens of jobs at denture mills like aspen, not to take away from kcdts ad here, but in many cases you could run the whole lab yourself if thats what you wanted.. I dont know if the pay is worth it but maybe there are production bonuses.
       
    17. paul sarratt cdt

      paul sarratt cdt Member Full Member

      Joined:
      Aug 2015
      Messages:
      45
      Likes Received:
      10
      I guess that when i say career trajectory i was pertaining to further education and learning new things and that is not going to happen where i am currently employed.As far as opening my own lab, I have a buddy who is a tech and a one man show and he puts in crazy hours is married to the lab and is basically just one life mishap (health issues etc..)from losing what he has worked for. He cant even take a vacation because he is afraid his doctors will jump ship if he tells them he will close for a week.I responded to kcdt's post I guess to see if the grass is greener on the other side so to speak I have seen his posts and he seems to be a straight up guy plus as he informed me he is a cdt in CD as am I. As far as the denture mills such as Aspen Affordable and the like I get offers all the time because they go to the NBC website and see who the CDTs are and spam the crap out of you they are desperate for removable techs. I am sure you can ask kcdt denture techs are a dying breed, hell the government in the U.S. just downgraded dental technician to an unskilled trade imagine that. Anyway didnt mean to turn this into a rant but thanks for the response.
       
    18. kcdt

      kcdt Well-Known Member Full Member

      Joined:
      Jun 2008
      Messages:
      2,325
      Likes Received:
      465
      To clarify;
      I do not work in a mill. We have the best reputation in our area for removable prosthetics.
      I routinely handle implant work, and go on site for all on 4 conversions.
      I also spent my early years in denturism.

      I left self employment because it no longer worked for me. I needed free time back or I was gonna die. Simple as that.

      Please don't mistake a lab set up for production for a denture mill. They're not the same.
       
    19. Affinity
      Question

      Affinity Well-Known Member Full Member

      Joined:
      Oct 2009
      Messages:
      3,749
      Likes Received:
      750
      Location:
      7B
      I wasnt comparing your lab to a denture mill, I was saying that aspen is a denture mill. I understand wanting to get out of self-employment, Im almost there myself. I think Aspen and others offer 'go-getters' a possibility to experience running all aspects of the lab, not just one step as most production labs are set up. I really know nothing about aspen or denture mills or whether that is even worth it.
       
    20. kcdt

      kcdt Well-Known Member Full Member

      Joined:
      Jun 2008
      Messages:
      2,325
      Likes Received:
      465
      My understanding of Aspen is they control how production is produced. A technician may well fabricate a denture start to finish, but the materials and process are dictated.
       
      • Agree Agree x 1

    Share This Page