Optical mechanics make precision optical parts; grind, polish and surface prescription lenses and contact lenses; and fit lenses to spectacle frames.
Duties & Tasks
Optical mechanics may perform the following tasks: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.
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.