Technician vs Techie

Is it better to be called a Techie or Technician?


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DuckJordan

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This is what my local sound guru told me. I prefer to go by tech, I'll accept techie from people of power (principle) that have no better way of describing me.

Sound Engineer has appeal to me though, I have no degree but I'm good at wiring everything together in the right order and I will have a degree so I will have that title someday :p

No disrespect to you, but there is much more to a sound engineer than just wiring. But I have to agree that Techie is an insult, no mater who says it. Its just like calling a nucular scientist a nukie its just plain dumb, the knowledge it takes to put a set together make it light weight, light that so there is no strange angles or shadows, know what it takes to make a sound system work and how to bring an audience collectively into a world they would never experience outside of the theater is easily as specialized of a skill as you can get.
 

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No disrespect to you, but there is much more to a sound engineer than just wiring.
I knew this already, I'm just not sure what else sound engineer entails yet that's why I said it appeals to me so I'm going to school for it next year.
 

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Hairkid

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I think this just might be a highschool thing but, I like being called a techie. (even though im an assistant Swamp manager). I don't know why people find it offensive in any way. It's just an abreviation. I guess it's just that I hate proper things and i'm not a serious person. I wouldn't relate it at all to a nuclear scientist, but more pike a teacher. Mr.Perry is just the same as Mr.P or just plain "P". Techie=Technician. just short of a few letters.
 
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mstaylor

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As far as I'm concerned it is a HS thing. When you put as many years in this business as many of us we feel that we deserve to be called by a proper title. I don't have a problem with some abbreviations but throwing a y or ie on things is stupid. This isn't aimed at you, this is a personal preference and a trend many tend toward.
 
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Hairkid

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As far as I'm concerned it is a HS thing. When you put as many years in this business as many of us we feel that we deserve to be called by a proper title. I don't have a problem with some abbreviations but throwing a y or ie on things is stupid. This isn't aimed at you, this is a personal preverence and a trend many tend toward.
Sorry for using myself as an example?
 

mstaylor

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I just don't like trend in adding y and ie to things. I don't like roadie either, it's not so much demeaning as annoying. Another example is guuys saying they are running a Yammy,:rolleyes: when in fact they are running a Yamaha 5D. If you want to shorten it, call it a 5D not Yammy.
 

Kaitlylyn93

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I have a t-shirt my dad got me for Christmas that says, "Your techies are showing." My friend once asked if I was sayingI was bad at what I do. I said, "No... it means that I have been a technical director so long that I can see in the dark and the mass confusion that just occurred on someone else's stage made me laugh." Most ppl use "techie" as an affectionate term for the blundering idiots who attempt to use the lighting and sound equipment. I can't say I have never been a techie, but I have matured past such a time. You have to be a techie to become a technician. Everyone starts somewhere.
 

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I prefer to be called by my name, as of now I don't have much of a presence out on stage, I primarily do carpentry, and I'm getting more into the technical aspect of actual production. I'm not certified in anyway, or have any degree, so I don't need to be called Sir. or Professor, or Doctor, hell I'm only 20.

Some people brought up respect, and I'll be the first to admit I can be a bit hot headed, and I do try to be respectful to people that I just meet, but if I'm shown disrespect for what I do, then I'm like a Fresnel, I'll focus the disrespect and dish it right back in full. I won't go out of my way to disrespect anyone, but it certainly makes life easier if there is mutual respect for who are ultimately in some form co-workers.

Anyways, I'd prefer not to be called a techie, I don't even care for the term Technician, I like my name, I may be a Technician, but it certainly isn't my title, and I don't need to be called by it.

Plus I'm pretty sure I can do anything given some time to think. :p
 

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I'll take whatever I can get. And if it did really bother me than they just ignorant.
 
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LXPlot

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I don't know, techie just sounds like to much of a pet name. I don't mind being called it per say, but I really wish we could remove it from official documents and just downplay the amount of its use.
Calling us techies seems equivalents to calling dancers "Meat Puppets" or actors "Walking, talking prop."
 

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I think of a Techie as say, a high school student or any student rather. And a technician as a proffesional.
 

chris325

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I've always been against the idea of referring to technicians as "techies." It's just unprofessional. I can understand using the term "tech" as a shortened name, but "techie" just seems childish. Even in a high school setting, a degree of professionalism can and should be present, and by calling technicians "techies" you're just diminishing their credibility. Having fun with high school theatre is great, but it should really be accompanied with a professional and mature attitude.
 

squirt4444

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I work as a technician and as a master electrician and I have to agree that techie has that untrained dabble feel rather then the trained professional feel. I feel like I supervise techies, I train and trust technicians to not need an eye on them to not break things.
 

bobcatarts

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If they only sort-of know what I do, then techie will suffice. If they have some understanding of the skills and training required, technician is more suited to my profession. Those in-the-know use the job-specific terms (designer, electrician, carp, TD, etc) depending on what I'm doing, and for that I'm most grateful.
 
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Sure I'm a HS student but at the end of the day I don't really care what they refer to me as because I know I'm well respected, everyone comes to me when they need help. I'm sure everyone else has different opinions but that's just mine.
 

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