The main difference between Mechanician and Mechanic is that the Mechanician is a engineer or scientist working in the field of mechanics and Mechanic is a profession.
“Mechanist” redirects here. For a person who subscribes to the philosophy, see Mechanism (philosophy).A mechanician is an engineer or a scientist working in the field of mechanics, or in a related or sub-field: engineering or computational mechanics, applied mechanics, geomechanics, biomechanics, and mechanics of materials. Names other than mechanician have been used occasionally, such as mechaniker and mechanicist.
The term mechanician is also used by the Irish Navy to refer to junior engine room ratings. In the British Royal Navy, Chief Mechanicians and Mechanicians 1st Class were Chief Petty Officers, Mechanicians 2nd and 3rd Class were Petty Officers, Mechanicians 4th Class were Leading Ratings, and Mechanicians 5th Class were Able Ratings. The rate was only applied to certain technical specialists and no longer exists.
In the New Zealand Post Office, which provided telephone service prior to the formation of Telecom New Zealand in 1987, “Mechanician” was a job classification for workers who serviced telephone exchange switching equipment. The term seems to have originated in the era of the 7A Rotary system exchange, and was superseded by “Technician” circa 1975, perhaps because “Mechanician” was no longer considered appropriate after the first 2000 type Step-byStep Strowger switch exchanges began to be introduced in 1952 (in Auckland, at Birkenhead exchange).
It is also the term by which makers of mechanical automata use in reference to their profession.
A mechanic is an artisan, technician or skilled tradesperson who uses tools to build or repair machinery.
One skilled in the theory or construction of machines.
“To build such a device will require an expert mechanician.”
One skilled in building, using, or repairing machines, or who makes machines or tools.
One skilled in mechanics.
A scientifically trained practitioner.
mechanical; relating to the laws of motion in the art of constructing things
Of or relating to a mechanic or artificer, or to the class of artisans; hence, rude; common; vulgar.
A manual worker; a labourer or artisan. from 16th c.
Someone who builds or repairs machinery, a technician; now specifically, someone who works with and repairs the mechanical parts of a motor vehicle, aircraft or similar. from 17th c.
A device, command, or feature which allows someone to achieve a specific task. from 20th c.
“This game has a mechanic where if you run toward a ledge you automatically jump off rather than just falling.”
A hit man. from 20th c.