Precision Lens Grinder

Set up and operate grinding and polishing machines to make lenses.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $43,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Precision Lens Grinders do?

Sets up and operates grinding and polishing machines to make lenses, optical flats, and other precision optical elements for optical instruments and ophthalmic goods, such as telescopes, aerial cameras, military optical systems, and eyeglasses: Operates machine to rough-grind blanks of optical glass to approximate size and shape or manually positions and turns blanks against grinding wheel or lap I. Blocks optical element in plaster or other compound. Mounts blocked element in machine and operates machine to oscillate and rotate element against abrasive to fine-grind element to final size and shape. Periodically stops machine to inspect and measure elements for accuracy and degree of completion. Polishes surfaces, using lens-polishing machine [PRECISION-LENS POLISHER 716.682-018]. May cement lens elements together to obtain corrected lens assemblies. May mount optical elements in holders or adapters for use in instruments. May be designated according to type of lens ground as Eyeglass-Lens Grinder; Instrument-Lens Grinder; Multifocal-Button Grinder.

Should I be a Precision Lens Grinder?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

  • Also known as: Diamond Grinder, Eyeglass Cutter, Eyeglass Lens Cutter, Eyeglass-Lens Grinder, Eyeglass Maker, Glass Cutter, Hand See More

    How to become a Precision Lens Grinder

    Most Precision Lens Grinders 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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