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National Dentex Dental-Lab Technician Trainee in Mitchell, South Dakota


Join National Dentex - a leading healthcare organization specializing in the dental industry. We offer a full spectrum of specialized products, services, and technologies to address any dental restoration need. Currently, we have 30+ labs throughout the country. Our team is growing, and we are seeking to fill a number of key positions within our organization including this opportunity at NDX Bauer Dental Lab in Mitchell, SD for a Full-Time Dental Laboratory Technician Trainee. Previous experience is not necessary; we offer paid, hands-on training! If you enjoy working with your hands and excel in a team environment, then we encourage you to apply!

The regular hours for this position are from 7:00am to 6:00pm, Monday through Thursday, and subject to change from time to time.

Hourly rate of pay is negotiable and will be determined by skills, knowledge, abilities, and experience.

This is a full-time position featuring employee benefits including: health, dental, vision, disability, and life insurance; paid holiday, vacation, and sick time; 401K with company contribution; and tuition reimbursement!

Primary Responsibilities and Essential Functions of the Position:

  • Completely read prescription (Rx), examine materials in pan, and make sure case is scheduled accurately according to the prescription

  • Create a duplication of patient’s dentition according to the specifications of the prescribed prosthesis and doctor preferences (incoming) meeting production standard of 10 per hour

  • Pour models according to the documented procedure and specifications of the model stone for crown and bridge (solids), and removable meeting production standard of matching incoming cases at the rate of: Pindex Pouring System 10 cases per hour, and Artimax Pouring System 5 Cases per hour

  • Box and pour epoxy for crown and bridge and removable cases meeting production standard of 5 per hour

  • Articulate models to accurately represent patient’s occlusion

  • Trim margins according to the documented procedure and doctor preferences meeting production standards of 10 per hour

  • Maintain suction bucket in back room once per day at a maximum 15 minutes per day

  • Train to scan and design Crown and Bridge cases to create 3D virtual models utilizing 3-Shape technology with the goal of meeting production standard of 18 scans per hour operating 2 scanners

  • Scan crown & bridge cases and import I.O.S. Scans

  • Enter patient information and scan stone models to create 3D virtual model

  • It is the dental technician’s job to insure all steps are followed, in order, to insure consistent, accurate scanning results

  • Enter every case with proper material and tooth number

  • Load information into the computer – patient name, pan number, type of crown, shade to create a file for design or print process

  • Check all cases so that dies are down, and cutting tools are used to cut off model scans correctly

  • Verify the scan is correct and materials have been entered in correctly

  • Adjust settings accordingly to product types

  • Calibrate scanners appropriately

  • Wand case batches completed every hour on the hour according to the documented procedure

  • Sinter dental restorations in sintering ovens, and put away

  • Keep cases organized so that everyone on the milling projects can work as a team

  • It is the dental technician’s job to insure all steps are followed, in order, to insure consistent, accurate results

  • Maintain machines weekly and make software updates as they become available

  • Trim copings and de-spru copings with a hand-piece

  • Train to provide back-up Milling Nesting duties as follows:

  • Place dental parts into CAM software to generate code for CNC machines

  • Operate CNC machinery to fabricate dental restorations

  • Load Mill correctly to efficiently mill

  • Follow milling procedures to cutout, wash, dry, stain, and dry dental restorations

  • Order supplies for the department as needed

  • Cleans individual work area in department per schedule

  • Support Supervisor and General Manager in creating a positive atmosphere within the department

  • Wear proper personal protective equipment when performing work tasks that require them and follow safety guidelines as stated in NDX safety policy

Skills and Abilities Required:

  • Must be able to read, write, speak and understand English.

  • Must have basic computer skills.

  • Knowledge of tooth anatomy.

  • Ability to articulate according to Rx

  • Identify margins through Impressions

  • Excellent hand-eye coordination

  • Strong ability to read, listen, comprehend, retain and execute on written and verbal instructions

  • High level of organizational skill with the ability to prioritize work

  • Strong spatial ability, good eye hand coordination, excellent perception skills and superior attention to details.

  • Ability to troubleshoot and problem solve.

  • Logical, analytical thinker with the ability to process information and formulate decisions.

  • Dependable and reliable; willing to take on needed duties to fulfill the goals of this operation and take responsibility for actions.

  • Able to use a hand piece.

  • Able to coordinate and handle a variety of different assignments.

  • Flexible and open to frequent change, supporting the efforts of the organization.

  • Technical Knowledge

  • Knowledge of dental terminology and oral anatomy

  • Ability to complete essential job functions required at a level that meets the standards for an experienced dental technician

  • Interpersonal/Communication/Teamwork Skills

  • Takes a proactive approach to situations

  • Educate and motivate others within department

  • Accepts and offers feedback in a tactful manner

  • Ability to use surrounding resources if questions arise

  • Assist with supporting open communication within organization

  • Decision making skills

  • Prioritize workload so that cases run efficiently through department

  • Handle last minute rush cases properly as needed

  • Takes steps to resolve an issue or problem

Minimum Education and Experience Required:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent

  • Previous experience is not required; paid training will be provided!

Hazardous Materials or Equipment Used:

  • Hand piece

  • Model Trimmer

  • Die trimmers

  • Milling Machinery

  • Small hand tools

  • Sintering Ovens

  • Staining Material

  • High Speed Lathe

  • Centrifuge, Vibrator, Smartbox, Mixer, Torch

  • Stone, Spatula, Epoxy Material

Physical Requirements:

  • Regularly required to sit, stand, walk, and/or reach

  • Regularly required to exhibit fine motor skills and/or perform repetitive motions using both arms and hands grasping, gripping, pinching, lifting, and carrying. Constantly lifting & carrying 0-10 lbs. Occasionally lifting and carrying 26-50 lbs.

  • Read and interpret prescriptions and other required documentation

  • Ability to effectively communicate technical information

  • Vision capabilities: depth perception, attention to detail, and/or color




  • Dedicated: Devoted to a task or purpose with loyalty or integrity

  • Team Player: Works well as a member of a group

  • Detail Oriented: Capable of carrying out a given task with all details necessary to get the task done well



  • High School or Equivalent or better

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.