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Apprentice

The duties of the apprentice techcrafter are varied, depending on their level of apprenticeship. All apprentices must go through a series of rigorous courses, including, but not limited to engineering, physics, electronics and chemistry. The field of the techcraft is one of the most focused, yet broad. Most apprentices pick an area of focus early on and specialize in that.

Once an apprentice becomes familiar with the craft, the 'hands on' aspect of it takes over. Most refurbished and rebuilt equipment can be traced back to apprentice hands, as they are often used as projects for the aspiring techs to learn and gain experience. It is also not uncommon to find an apprentice out in the field under the supervision of a journeyman, though these are usually senior apprentices working toward their journeymanship.
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Journeyman

The journeyman techcrafter is a skilled individual indeed. He is of the top ten of his class, as one out of ten that start along the path to journeymanship (if even that) in tech field never make it. Most cannot handle the rigors and intensity of the studies required. Indeed, the only craft that rivals the Techcraft in loss of apprentices is the healer craft.
Journeyman techcrafters are usually very dedicated individuals, in some cases literally living their craft, not just practicing it. The journeymen are the true workhorses of the tech field (As in any other.). It is to the journeymen that the responsibility of the majority of research falls, it is the journeymen assigned to craft, hold and weyr to upkeep and maintain their equipment. It is most times the journeymen who find new applications for old tech, and improve on current designs out of necessity and need.
Journeymanship is a demanding and trying position for this craft, much asked and little given back. As such, it usually attracts a certain type of individual. One dedicated to his/her craft, and that doesn't much care what others think, or how they are viewed, as long as they are allowed to peruse their particular interests, and continue serving the Techcraft to the best of their abilities. It is this attitude that has given birth to the stereotype amongst the other crafts, of a techcrafter being scatterbrained and unfocused on life, bumbling through on auto pilot while their minds are off, mulling over schematics, design spec's and whatever else it is that technogeeks dream about at night. If they ever sleep that is.

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Master

Masters to the techchraft are invariably extremely talented individuals, who's studies, research, development of technology, as well as other aspects of their service, has set them apart from their peers. They are almost always obsessive about their craft, dedicated beyond belief in some cases. If the journeymen techcrafters promote the stereotype of the craft, then it is the masters that live it.
The masters to the craft can often be found in the company of a handful of journeymen who are assigned to work under the master (though most times, its the journeymen looking after the master then the other way along.). To the masters falls the duty of assigning assignments, researching and delegating the various chores of the techcraft. Masters will often be found sitting on regional boards, or directing massive techcraft efforts and projects.
Which of course comes as no small annoyance to the masters, as they mostly want to be left alone to their studies. In this craft, oddly enough, the higher one gets in the hierarchy, the less social the individuals become, which comes as no small problem as the higher ranking members of the crafts are invariably called upon to attend social functions and deal with people regularly. Nevertheless, the masters of this craft are a well respected lot, if for no other reason then their competence and dedication, and most times, their occasional 'detachment' from the here and now is overlooked and brushed off as their 'just being techcrafters.' After all, what do you expect of a craft that finds schematics intriguing, and mathematical application exciting?

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Staff

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