Etymology
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artificer (n.)

late 14c., "one who makes by art or skill," agent noun from artifice. Especially an inventor of devious artifices (c. 1600). Military sense "soldier-mechanic" dates from 1758.

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Definitions of artificer

artificer (n.)
someone who is the first to think of or make something;
Synonyms: inventor / discoverer
artificer (n.)
a skilled worker who practices some trade or handicraft;
artificer (n.)
an enlisted man responsible for the upkeep of small arms and machine guns etc.;
Synonyms: armorer / armourer
From wordnet.princeton.edu