Optical mechanic

What they do

Optical mechanics make precision optical parts, grind, polish and surface prescription lenses and contact lenses, and fit lenses to spectacle frames.

Optical mechanics may specialise as optical dispensers.

Highly skilled and experienced optical mechanics make, repair and service binoculars, telescopes and other scientific optical equipment.

Working conditions

Optical mechanics are employed by optical dispensing firms, optometrists or optical laboratories. They may operate their own dispensing businesses. Shifts in fashion can influence demand for optical mechanics. 

Tools and technologies

Tools include:

  • Screw and locknuts
  • Screwdriver
  • Pliers
  • Specialist Frame Repairer
  • Tweezers
  • Hand Drill
  • Files and Reamers
  • Soldering Tools

How do I become one?

Education and training

To become an optical mechanic you usually need to complete an apprenticeship. The optical mechanic/technician apprenticeship usually takes 48 months to complete.

Apprenticeships and traineeships

As an apprentice or trainee, you enter into a formal training contract with an employer, enabling you to complete training towards a nationally recognised qualification. You spend  time working and learning practical skills on the job and you spend some time undertaking structured training with a registered training provider.

You can do an apprenticeship or traineeship if you are a school-leaver, re-entering the workforce or as an adult or mature-aged person wishing to change careers. You can even begin your apprenticeship or traineeship while you're still at school.

If you are still at school you can access an apprenticeship through your school. Talk to your school's VET Co-ordinator to start your training now through VET in Schools. If you are no longer at school you can apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship and get paid while you learn and work.

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