Profession photographic equipment assembler

Photographic equipment assemblers build photographic products such as cameras, film cameras, and projectors. They collect the different optical, electronic, and mechanical camera components, such as the battery, mirrors, image processor, and lenses, and piece together cameras according to specifications using hand tools or machinery.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional

Knowledge

  • Optical glass characteristics

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

  • Cameras

    Types of cameras, such as single-lens reflex cameras and point-and-shoot cameras.

  • Electronics

    The functioning of electronic circuit boards, processors, chips, and computer hardware and software, including programming and applications. Apply this knowledge to ensure electronic equipment runs smoothly.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Photographic lenses

    The types of lenses used for photographic purposes, such as telephoto lenses, with a larger focal length and shallower angles of refraction for a magnified view, and landscape lenses, with a shorter focal length and sharper angles of refraction for a wider view.

  • Digital camera sensors

    Types of sensors used in digital cameras, such as charged coupled devices (CCD) and complementary metal oxide semiconductor sensors (CMOS).

  • 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.

Skills

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Meet deadlines

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

  • Select camera apertures

    Adjust lens apertures, shutter speeds, and camera focus.

  • Operate optical equipment

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

  • Join lenses

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

  • Verify lenses compliance

    Verify that lenses are according to the specifications.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Remove defective products

    Remove defective materials from the production line.

  • Manipulate glass

    Manipulate the properties, shape and size of glass.

  • Use precision tools

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

  • Clean optical components

    Clean optical components after every cycle in the manufacturing process.

  • Wear cleanroom suit

    Wear garments appropriate for environments that require a high level of cleanliness to control the level of contamination.

  • Centre lenses

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

  • 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.

  • Cut glass

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

  • Assemble cameras

    Mount the components present in the body of the camera, such as the shutter, mirror, flash bulb, image processor, display screen, battery, pentaprism, viewfinder, and image sensor, as well as the lens of the camera. Lenses are mechanically set into place using threaded retaining rings and the use of adhesive cement on the outer cylindrical edge to hold lenses in place.

  • Ensure conformity to specifications

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

Optional knowledge and skills

replace defect components communicate with customers test optical components interpret technical information for electronic repair work electrical engineering repair optical equipment use cam software keep records of work progress adjust manufacturing equipment apply health and safety standards optoelectronic devices optical engineering maintain photographic equipment order optical supplies write records for repairs refractive power maintain electronic equipment monitor machine operations assemble electronic units circuit diagrams wear appropriate protective gear operate optical measuring equipment optics optoelectronics resolve equipment malfunctions maintain optical equipment glass tempering process customer orders