Optical Glass Silverer

Coat optical glass surfaces with silvering solutions to make mirrors.
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Salary Range
$17,000 – $39,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Optical Glass Silverers do?

Coats optical glass surfaces with silvering solutions to make mirrors used in optical instruments: Cleans glass specimens, using prescribed chemicals, and inspects to detect surface appearance defects. Mixes chemicals according to formula and pours solution into funnels. Positions glass under funnels and starts electric motor to agitate funnels and allow specified quantities of solution to distribute over surface of glass. Electroplates copper backing over silvering by immersing glass in electrolyte and passing electric current through solution according to standard procedure. Places plated glass in electric oven to dry for specified time. Marks outlines of specified dimensions on glass specimen, using milling machine. Removes excess silvering and copper, using hand scraper and solvents.

Should I be an Optical Glass Silverer?

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.
  • Flexible: You're open to change and think variety is the spice of life.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.

  • How to become an Optical Glass Silverer

    Most Optical Glass Silverers 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:9bbaaa&chl=no+college+%2894%25%29|certificate+%283%25%29|associate%27s+%282%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,94,94
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