Profession optical instrument repairer

Optical instrument repairers repair optical instruments, such as microscopes, telescopes, camera optics, and compasses. They test the instruments to ensure they function properly. In a military context they also read blueprints to be able to repair the instruments.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional
  • Realistic / Investigative

Knowledge

  • 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 glass characteristics

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

  • Blueprints

    Must be able to read and understand blueprints, drawings and plans and maintain simple written records.

  • 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 tools for construction and repair

    Construct and repair ships and equipment using hand tools, machine tools, and measuring instruments. Safely carry out emergency or temporary repairs. Take measures to ensure a safe working environment. Use various types of sealants and packaging.

  • Meet deadlines

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

  • Operate optical equipment

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

  • Read engineering drawings

    Read the technical drawings of a product made by the engineer in order to suggest improvements, make models of the product or operate it.

  • Perform minor repairs to equipment

    Conduct routine maintenance on equipment. Recognise and identify minor defects in equipment and make repairs if appropriate.

  • 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.

  • Smooth glass surface

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

  • Operate optical measuring equipment

    Operate optical measuring equipment to take client's measurements; determine bridge and eye size, papillary distance, vertex distance, optical eye centres, etc., in order to manufacture customised eyeglasses or contact lenses.

  • Ensure conformity to specifications

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

  • Remove defective products

    Remove defective materials from the production line.

  • Manipulate glass

    Manipulate the properties, shape and size of glass.

  • Read standard blueprints

    Read and comprehend standard blueprints, machine, and process drawings.

  • Operate automated optical inspection machine

    Inspect the quality of assembled printed circuit boards (PCB) or surface-mount devices (SMD) through operating the automated optical inspection machine. During each test, dozens of images are captured with a special camera and compared to previous assembled boards.

  • Repair optical equipment

    Identify the problem of the optical instrument, check for deterioration, and replace deficient components.

  • Replace defect components

    Remove defective parts and replace them with functioning components.

  • Cut glass

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

  • Verify lenses compliance

    Verify that lenses are according to the specifications.

  • Use precision tools

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

Optional knowledge and skills

keep records of work progress test optical components refractive power colour glass microoptics order optical supplies optoelectronic devices communicate with customers apply health and safety standards resolve equipment malfunctions optical engineering cut lenses for eyeglasses optics optomechanical devices maintain optical equipment