Optical Glass Etcher

Etch numerals and graduation lines on optical glass surfaces.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $45,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Optical Glass Etchers do?

Etches numerals and graduation lines on prisms and other optical glass surfaces for use in optical instruments, using pantograph engraver: Mounts glass specimens in holder. Dips glass elements in molten wax to obtain uniform protective coating. Positions tracing stylus of pantograph on template and guides stylus around template. Inscribes pattern of lines and numerals on elements in wax coating with needle which is affixed to pantograph arm. Exposes glass to hydrofluoric acid fumes to etch pattern. Cleans glass with water and solvents. Fills etched characters with opaque paste to improve readability. Inspects etched work for uniformity, using calibrated microscope.

Should I be an Optical Glass Etcher?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.

  • Also known as: Glass Etcher, Photochemical Etcher, Sandblaster, Glass

    How to become an Optical Glass Etcher

    Most Optical Glass Etchers have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Master's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9uaaaa&chl=no+college+%2874%25%29|certificate+%2825%25%29|||master%27s+%281%25%29|&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,74,74
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