Profession optical instrument assembler

Optical instrument assemblers read blueprints and assembly drawings to assemble lenses and optical instruments, such as microscopes, telescopes, projection equipment, and medical diagnostic equipment. They process, grind, polish, and coat glass materials, centre lenses according to the optical axis, and cement them to the optical frame. They may test the instruments after assembly.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional
  • Realistic / Investigative

Knowledge

  • Optical components

    The components and materials necessary for building optical instruments, such as lenses and frames.

  • Glass coatings

    Coatings used to protect glass from damage, to influence its behaviour when damaged, to keep harmful UV rays out, and others. Their usage cases, advantages and disadvantages and price points.

  • Quality standards

    The national and international requirements, specifications and guidelines to ensure that products, services and processes are of good quality and fit for purpose.

  • Optical glass characteristics

    The characteristics of optical glass such as refractive index, dispersion, and chemical properties.

  • Optical equipment standards

    The national and international quality and safety standards and regulations with regards to the use and manufacture of optical equipment, including optical materials, optical components, optical systems, ophthalmic equipment, optomechanical equipment, optical measuring equipment, photographic equipment, and optoelectronic equipment.

  • Optical manufacturing process

    The process and different stages of manufacturing an optical product, from design and prototyping to the preparation of optical components and lenses, the assembly of optical equipment, and the intermediate and final testing of the optical products and its components.

  • Types of optical instruments

    Possess information on the types of optical instruments and lenses, such as microscopes and telescopes, as well as on their mechanics, components, and characteristics.

  • Glass tempering

    Technique of treating glass with high temperatures to increase its durability and safety.

Skills

  • Use precision tools

    Use electronic, mechanical, electric, or optical precision tools for precision work.

  • Read assembly drawings

    Read and interpret drawings listing all the parts and subassemblies of a certain product. The drawing identifies the different components and materials and provides instructions on how to assemble a product.

  • Mount optical components on frames

    Mount optical components, such as lenses, and precision mechanical components, such as frames, into assemblies and adjust. Lenses are mechanically set into place using threaded retaining rings and the use of adhesive cement on the outer cylindrical edge to hold individual lenses in place.

  • Smooth glass surface

    Smooth glass or lens surfaces of optical instruments with grinding and polishing tools, such as diamond tools.

  • Centre lenses

    Adjust optical axis and mechanical axis of lenses so that they would coincident. This process is called centring.

  • Operate optical assembly equipment

    Set up and operate optical processing or assembly equipment, such as optical spectrum analysers, power saws, lasers, die bonders, soldering irons, and wire bonders.

  • Meet deadlines

    Ensure operative processes are finished at a previously agreed-upon time.

  • Grind glass

    Grind and polish glass or lenses smooth through the application of a range of glass grinding techniques. Glass can be ground using hand tools or glass grinding machinery. Treat the glass with abrasive chemicals during the process.

  • Manipulate glass

    Manipulate the properties, shape and size of glass.

  • Join lenses

    Join the individual glass lenses together with other lenses using cement.

  • Operate precision measuring equipment

    Measure the size of a processed part when checking and marking it to check if it is up to standard by use of two and three dimensional precision measuring equipment such as a caliper, a micrometer, and a measuring gauge.

  • Inspect quality of products

    Use various techniques to ensure the product quality is respecting the quality standards and specifications. Oversee defects, packaging and sendbacks of products to different production departments.

  • Verify lenses compliance

    Verify that lenses are according to the specifications.

  • Cut glass

    Use glass cutting tools or diamond blades to cut pieces out of glass plates, including mirrors.

  • Ensure conformity to specifications

    Ensure that the assembled products are conform to the specifications given.

  • Clean optical components

    Clean optical components after every cycle in the manufacturing process.

  • Apply optical coating

    Apply coating to optical lenses, such as reflective coating to mirrors, anti-reflective coatings to camera lenses, or tinted coatings to sunglasses.

  • Report defective manufacturing materials

    Maintain required company records and forms in order to report any defective materials or questionable conditions of manufacturing machinery and equipment.

  • Operate optical equipment

    Use specific optical machinery in order to cut, polish, adjust and refine optics.

  • Remove defective products

    Remove defective materials from the production line.

Optional knowledge and skills

optics colour glass replace defect components communicate with customers microoptics repair optical equipment optomechanical devices resolve equipment malfunctions process customer orders test optical components refractive power keep records of work progress adjust manufacturing equipment use cam software optical engineering monitor machine operations wear appropriate protective gear optoelectronic devices order optical supplies cut lenses for eyeglasses wear cleanroom suit apply health and safety standards maintain optical equipment

Common job titles

  • Assembly technician
  • Assembler i
  • Assembler v
  • Electro-optical assembler
  • Assembler c
  • Mechanical assembler ii
  • Instrument assembler repair & troubleshoot
  • Mechanical assembler
  • Optical electronic assembler
  • Quality control technician