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Working As An Optical Technician

  • Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Make Decisions

  • $61,130

    Average Salary

What Does An Optical Technician Do

Electrical and electronics engineering technicians help engineers design and develop computers, communications equipment, medical monitoring devices, navigational equipment, and other electrical and electronic equipment. They often work in product evaluation and testing, using measuring and diagnostic devices to adjust, test, and repair equipment. They are also involved in the manufacture and deployment of equipment for automation.

Duties

Electrical engineering technicians typically do the following:

  • Put together electrical and electronic systems and prototypes
  • Build, calibrate, and repair electrical instruments or testing equipment
  • Visit construction sites to observe conditions affecting design
  • Identify solutions to technical design problems that arise during the construction of electrical systems
  • Inspect designs for quality control, report findings, and make recommendations
  • Draw diagrams and write specifications to clarify design details of experimental electronics units

Electrical engineering technicians install and maintain electrical control systems and equipment, and modify electrical prototypes, parts, and assemblies to correct problems. When testing systems, they set up test equipment and evaluate the performance of developmental parts, assemblies, or systems under simulated conditions. They then analyze test information to resolve design-related problems.

Electronics engineering technicians typically do the following:

  • Design basic circuitry and draft sketches to clarify details of design documentation, under engineers’ direction
  • Build prototypes from rough sketches or plans
  • Assemble, test, and maintain circuitry or electronic components according to engineering instructions, technical manuals, and knowledge of electronics
  • Adjust and replace defective circuitry and electronic components
  • Make parts, such as coils and terminal boards, by using bench lathes, drills, or other machine tools

Electronics engineering technicians identify and resolve equipment malfunctions and then work with manufacturers to get replacement parts. They also calibrate and perform preventative maintenance on equipment and systems.

These technicians often need to read blueprints, schematic drawings, and engineering instructions for assembling electronic units. They also write reports and record data on testing techniques, laboratory equipment, and specifications.

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How To Become An Optical Technician

Electrical and electronics engineering technicians typically need an associate’s degree.

Education

Programs for electrical and electronics engineering technicians usually lead to an associate’s degree in electrical or electronics engineering technology. Vocational–technical schools include postsecondary institutions that serve local students and emphasize training needed by local employers.

Community colleges offer programs similar to those in technical institutes but include more theory-based and liberal arts coursework. Some of these colleges allow students to concentrate in computer electronics, industrial electronics, or communications electronics.

Prospective electrical and electronics engineering technicians usually take courses in ANSI C, C++ programming, Java programming, physics, microprocessors, and circuitry. The Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET accredits programs that include at least college algebra, trigonometry, and basic science courses.

Important Qualities

Logical-thinking skills. Electrical and electronics engineering technicians must isolate and then identify problems for the engineering staff to work on. They need good reasoning skills to identify and fix problems. Technicians must also be able to follow a logical sequence or specific set of rules to carry out engineers’ designs, inspect designs for quality control, and put together prototypes.

Math skills. Electrical and electronics engineering technicians use math for analysis, design, and troubleshooting in their work.

Mechanical skills. Electronics engineering technicians in particular must be able to use hand tools and soldering irons on small circuitry and electronic parts to create detailed electronic components by hand.

Observational skills. Electrical engineering technicians sometimes visit construction sites to make sure that electrical engineers’ designs are being carried out correctly. They are responsible for evaluating projects onsite and reporting problems to engineers.

Problem-solving skills. Electrical and electronics engineering technicians create what engineers have designed and often test the designs to make sure that they work. Technicians help to resolve any problems that come up in carrying out the engineers’ designs.

Writing skills. These technicians must write reports about onsite construction, the results of testing, or problems they find when carrying out designs. Their writing must be clear and well organized so that the engineers they work with can understand the reports.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

The National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET) offers certification in electrical power testing. This certification would benefit those technicians working in the electric power generation, transmission, and distribution industry.

ETA International also offers certifications in several fields, including basic electronics, biomedical, and renewable energy.

The International Society of Automation offers certification as a Control Systems Technician. To gain such certification, technicians must demonstrate skills in pneumatic, mechanical, and electronic instrumentation. In addition, they must demonstrate an understanding of process control loops and process control systems.

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Optical Technician Career Paths

Optical Technician
Optician Technician Specialist
Account Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Optical Manager Ophthalmic Technician Front Desk Coordinator
Assistant General Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Billing Specialist Operations Manager General Manager
Center Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Engineer
Chief Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
Laser Technician Engineering Technician Project Engineer
Contracting Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
Laser Technician Field Service Technician Project Engineer
Engineering Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Home Health Aid Phlebotomist Laboratory Technician
Laboratory Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Ophthalmic Technician Office Manager Account Manager
Product Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Ophthalmic Technician Registered Nurse Unit Manager
Quality Assurance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
General Manager Operator Quality Control Inspector
Quality Control Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Pharmacist Technician Licensed Practical Nurse Quality Assurance
Quality Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Pharmacist Technician Account Manager Product Manager
Research And Development Technician
6 Yearsyrs
Home Health Aid Technician Engineering Technician
Senior Engineering Technician
9 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Field Service Technician
Senior Field Service Engineer
8 Yearsyrs
Laboratory Manager Quality Assurance Technician Process Technician
Senior Process Technician
7 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Operations Technician Test Technician
Senior Test Technician
8 Yearsyrs
Optician Billing Specialist Operations Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
General Manager Database Administrator Senior Systems Engineer
Systems Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Optical Manager General Manager Senior Manager
Technical Director
7 Yearsyrs
Billing Specialist Home Health Aid Warehouse Associate
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Optical Technician Demographics

Gender

Female

62.3%

Male

36.3%

Unknown

1.5%
Ethnicity

White

76.4%

Hispanic or Latino

14.2%

Asian

7.4%

Unknown

1.4%

Black or African American

0.5%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

50.0%

Hindi

8.8%

Chinese

7.4%

German

4.4%

French

2.9%

Urdu

2.9%

Polish

2.9%

Mandarin

2.9%

Bulgarian

1.5%

Vietnamese

1.5%

Nepali

1.5%

Greek

1.5%

Cantonese

1.5%

Lithuanian

1.5%

Japanese

1.5%

Carrier

1.5%

Slovak

1.5%

Tagalog

1.5%

Dakota

1.5%

Italian

1.5%
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Optical Technician Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

13.7%

Monroe Community College

7.7%

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

6.0%

Central New Mexico Community College

6.0%

Ultimate Medical Academy - Clearwater

5.1%

Vincennes University

5.1%

Camden County College

5.1%

Indiana Wesleyan University

5.1%

All American Career College

4.3%

Broward College

4.3%

Anne Arundel Community College

4.3%

Southern New Hampshire University

4.3%

University of Arizona

4.3%

University of New Mexico

4.3%

California State University - Fullerton

3.4%

East Carolina University

3.4%

Wake Technical Community College

3.4%

Grayson College

3.4%

Middle Tennessee State University

3.4%

San Jose City College

3.4%
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Majors

Business

17.3%

Electrical Engineering

8.3%

Medical Assisting Services

8.3%

Health Care Administration

7.5%

Nursing

7.1%

Psychology

5.7%

General Studies

5.5%

Electrical Engineering Technology

5.2%

Criminal Justice

4.6%

Biology

4.4%

Computer Science

4.2%

Physics

3.9%

Medical Technician

2.7%

Education

2.5%

English

2.4%

Management

2.2%

Information Technology

2.2%

Cosmetology

2.0%

Accounting

2.0%

Liberal Arts

1.9%
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Degrees

Other

34.3%

Bachelors

27.4%

Associate

19.6%

Certificate

8.9%

Masters

5.3%

Diploma

2.8%

Doctorate

0.9%

License

0.8%
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Top Skills for An Optical Technician

ContactLensTrainingCustomerServiceLaserSystemsLabOpticalComponentsSchedulingAppointmentsVisualFieldsDataEntryInsuranceClaimsVisualAcuityEyeExamsInsuranceCompaniesFrontDeskOpticalPrescriptionOCTPupillaryDistancePatientChartsPatientRecordsTroubleshootSelectFrames

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Top Optical Technician Skills

  1. Contact Lens Training
  2. Customer Service
  3. Laser Systems
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Implemented tasks such as; contact lens training, eye glass measurement, and inventory.
  • Received Customer Service recognition for excellence.
  • Performed integration and final testing of laser systems.
  • Operated and maintained Class 1000 and Class 10,000 clean room laboratories.
  • Performed all stages of manufacturing optical components from cleaning to shipping Installed, calibrated and maintained a variety of optical coating chambers

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