Optical Mechanic

Optical Mechanics (also included within this category is "Other Technicians and Trades Workers") meet eye prescription requirements by operating machines to grind, polish and surface optical lenses. Optical Mechanics also fit lenses into the frames of glasses.

Duties and tasks

  • Assists client in choosing frames, and then heats, shapes or bends frames to fit the clients face
  • Determines clients need for glasses
  • Prepares work orders for grinding lenses and recommends specific lenses and coating
  • Repairs damaged frames
  • Verifies prescriptions with the examining optometrist or ophthalmologist
  • Verifies that the finished lens match the given specifications

Skills required

  • A background in science, mathematics and computers
  • Ability to do precision work
  • Accurate document and record information
  • Good manual dexterity
  • Pays attention to details

Working conditions

Optical Mechanics usually work 40 hours a week and may be assigned to different locations. They spend the majority of their time working with clients.

Professional associations / Industry information

Manufacturing Skills Australia 

Optometrists Association Australia (National) 

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