How to become an Optical Mechanic

Optical mechanics make precision optical parts; grind, polish and surface prescription lenses and contact lenses; and fit lenses to spectacle frames.

Personal requirements of a Optical Mechanic

  • good eyesight (or correctable by glasses or contact lenses)
  • good hand-eye coordination
  • patient and able to carry out accurate work
  • aptitude for mathematics and physics.

Duties & Tasks of a Optical Mechanic

Optical mechanics: • read and interpret prescriptions from eye specialists • locate and mark optical centres and axes on lens blanks and make calculations to grind lenses to specifications • grind and polish the surface of the lens by setting grinding and polishing machines • test polished lenses for accuracy • apply protective coatings and non-reflective material to lenses and apply heat and chemical treatment to glass lenses to harden them if required • shape and fit lenses to spectacle frames • repair damaged and broken spectacles • cut and polish contact lenses to prescription requirements.

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:

Very strong

Employment by state:

ACT 0%

NSW 31%

NT 0.8%

QLD 23.6%

SA 7.4%

TAS 1.1%

VIC 29.2%

WA 7.7%

Hours worked:



Lower unemployment

Gender split:

Male 97%

Female 3%

Education level:

Not completed Year 12: 22.5%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 18.3%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 37.8%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 10%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 8%

Age brackets:

15-19 - 0.1%

20-24 - 6.1%

25-34 - 26.8%

35-44 - 22.6%

45-54 - 19.5%

55-59 - 8.2%

60-64 - 7.1%

65 and Over - 9.5%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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