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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 At VSP Global

* operate all equipment associated with the manufacturing of cut to polish and digitally processed lenses, perform diagnostics on all machinery, ensure machinery performance using manufacturer's calibration guidelines, change tools and make minor adjustments where applicable, perform blocking functions, rework imperfect lenses
* Order apply UV cured spin coatings
* Tint solid lenses, manually blocks lenses, attend to A & R alarms, shepherd robotic equipment, operate the Focovision pass/fail, sort and shepherd the MEI line
* Clean and inspect prescriptions for cosmetic flaws, invoice prescriptions, sort and package prescriptions, process all courier shipments, contact vendors for shipment updates
* Perform other duties as assigned
* Job Specifications
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What Does An Optical Technician Do At Coherent

* Manufactures optical components in a production environment by loading and aligning components on fabrication machines and reviewing and modifying setup parameters.
* Prepares equipment for operation by positioning and securing polishing heads, preparing tooling, and preparing and monitoring polishing slurries.
* Maintains in-process specifications and controls and determines sequence of operations based on work instructions.
* Measures part dimensions using various tools including micrometers and height gauges.
* Monitors manufacturing processes and works with engineering to evaluate and implement process improvements.
* Ensures proper operation of equipment by performing scheduled preventative maintenance.
* Actively participates in building a collaborative and productive team environment

What Does An Optical Technician Do At General Electric

* Assembles, tests, and troubleshoots electro-mechanical assemblies and fiber optic Components and assemblies
* Assemble & Test Fiber Optic Sensors
* Fiber Splicing
* Handling and Assembly of Micron size components
* Assembly and Test of Opti-electrical assemblies including soldering, hi-pot testing and troubleshooting.
* Assemble components under a microscope
* Performs complex and difficult tests with minimal instruction and documentation.
* Assists in reworking, repairing, and modifying non-conforming equipment.
* Process Improvements, able to document procedures and process improvements.
* May build test fixtures.
* Provides technical support to other groups and co-workers

What Does An Optical Technician Do At Volt Information Sciences

* Inventory control functions including assist with stocking lens shelves, sort and distribute trays, pull semi-finished or finished lenses, and perform cosmetic inspection and restock.
* Lens stocking including print and tray up jobs off the combob, pull lenses & transcribe digital jobs through the lab management system, stage work in designated areas, and assist with lens stocking and inventory.
* Operates the automatic taper
* Tints edged and uncut lenses
* Expeditor functions including flagging work to move
* Pre-shipping wash-up functions including providing needed masks/cloths as needed
* Assist in efficiently moving work through the department
* Maintain company safety standards and a clean workstation
* Assist and cooperate with other departments.
* Ensure understanding and adherence to the company’s quality management and safety requirements, systems and procedures.
* Other duties as assigned
* This is a temporary-to-permanant position in Lockbourne, OH and is offered through Volt Workforce Solutions.
* Volt offers competitive compensation, the chance to work with some of the world’s leading companies, and a staff committed to helping you take the next step on your career path.
* Job Requirements

What Does An Optical Technician Do At Bruker Corporation

* Perform functions associated with all manufacturing operations, including working with engineers in set-up and calibration tasks, as well as performing rework and quality testing related to the production of parts, components, subassemblies and final assemblies.
* Use sophisticated programs to collect and evaluate operating data to conduct on-line adjustments to products, instruments or equipment.
* Determine and may assist in developing methods and procedures to control or modify the manufacturing process.
* Work with engineers in conducting experiments.
* Position will be Middleton, Wisconsin.
* Likely 5% travel for any needed training for future products.
* Combine optical components for production of laser scanning systems by assembling and aligning optical subassemblies.
* Trouble-shoot irregularities in inventory and sub-assemblies; perform custom fabrication and modification of mechanical and optical components as needed.
* Confer with Engineering to provide feedback on fabrication and assembly, transition prototypes into Manufacturing, and resolve functional problems.
* Verify established acceptance standards are met for the optical elements, software and hardware that combine for a complete system; analyze and record test results.
* Disassemble and pack systems for successful shipping and handling, moving large inventory items as needed and utilizing shipping equipment.
* Participate in Quality initiatives, developing and documenting manufacturing processes and reporting and sharing in the resolution of software issues both in house and on site.
* Work with Materials Coordinator to identify inventory and mitigate backordered/long lead time items.
* Other duties as assigned

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How To Become An Optical Technician

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


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


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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Hindi

  • Chinese

  • German

  • French

  • Urdu

  • Polish

  • Mandarin

  • Bulgarian

  • Vietnamese

  • Nepali

  • Greek

  • Cantonese

  • Lithuanian

  • Japanese

  • Carrier

  • Slovak

  • Tagalog

  • Dakota

  • Italian

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Real Optical Technician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Optical Technical Expertise Center Engineer Alcatel-Lucent USA Inc. Hillsborough, NJ Feb 28, 2014 $114,000
Optical Technician Eyes On Madison New York, NY Mar 29, 2010 $44,265
Optical Technician Sehwa Inc. Johns Creek, GA Jul 22, 2015 $33,987
Optical Technician Grace Optical, Inc. New York, NY Feb 26, 2015 $30,410

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Top Skills for An Optical Technician


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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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