Layout Technician

Write specifications to guide workers who surface or finish lenses.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $43,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Layout Technicians do?

Locates and marks centers, axes, and terminal points on ophthalmic lens blanks, draws reference lines, and writes specifications to guide workers who surface or finish lenses: Reads work order to ascertain lens specifications. Examines lens blank to ensure freedom from defects and to verify color and size specifications. Positions lens blank to be surfaced on protractor and marks center, direction of cylinder axis, and position of reading lens segment. Mounts lens blank to be finished in optical centering and power determining instrument and adjusts dials to align and focus target. Compares dial readings with work order to ensure lens blank has been surfaced to meet power and axis specifications. Rejects defective lenses. Depresses marking device on instrument to mark optical center and horizontal axis of lens blank. Writes specifications on lens blank to guide lens fabricating workers. May be designated according to department worked in as Bench-Lay-Out Technician; Surface-Lay-Out Technician.


Should I be a Layout Technician?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Bench-Lay-Out Technician, Edger Technician, Lens Coating Technician, Surface-Lay-Out Technician, Surfacing Technician

    How to become a Layout Technician

    Most Layout Technicians have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9hgaaa&chl=no+college+%2881%25%29|certificate+%2810%25%29|associate%27s+%289%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,81,81
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