An optical laboratory technician assists with optical lab operations to produce glasses. Some of their duties might include reviewing prescriptions and selecting the correct frames and lenses, stocking and organizing inventory of lenses and other accessories, entering prescription information into a database, logging shipment information, and keeping track of received orders and shipping them as necessary. When fulfilling the prescriptions, the optical laboratory technician needs to make sure that the orders to be shipped meet all quality standards, meaning lenses and frames must be thoroughly inspected. The optical laboratory technician ensures that orders are packaged adequately and fulfilled correctly. They may also need to surface and refinish glasses.
This position usually involves working with machines such as a generator and an edger to carry out tasks, and knowledge of these machines is beneficial. Some positions may require experience in the optical field and customer service skills. Usually, a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent is required to be an optical laboratory technician, and flexible hours may be necessary depending on order volume. These professionals must pay close attention to detail to ensure all products meet organizational standards. Minimum physical requirements are necessary for this task. Both part-time and full-time positions are available.
Optical Laboratory Technician Tasks
Based on training and role, set up and operate machine various aspects of cutting, grinding and/or polishing lens according to prescriptions.
Assemble and mount lenses into frames or process other optical elements.