CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Opthalmic Laboratory Technicians

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Technology
Benchmark Title: Opthalmic Laboratory Technicians
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Cut, grind, and polish eyeglasses, contact lenses, or other precision optical elements. Assemble and mount lenses into frames or process other optical elements. Includes precision lens polishers or grinders, centerer-edgers, and lens mounters. Adjust lenses and frames in order to correct alignment.
 
Mount, secure, and align finished lenses in frames or optical assemblies, using precision hand tools.
 
Mount and secure lens blanks or optical lenses in holding tools or chucks of cutting, polishing, grinding, or coating machines.
 
Shape lenses appropriately so that they can be inserted into frames.
 
Assemble eyeglass frames and attach shields, nose pads, and temple pieces, using pliers, screwdrivers, and drills.
 
Inspect lens blanks in order to detect flaws, verify smoothness of surface, and ensure thickness of coating on lenses.
 
Clean finished lenses and eyeglasses, using cloths and solvents.
 
Select lens blanks, molds, tools, and polishing or grinding wheels, according to production specifications.
 
Examine prescriptions, work orders, or broken or used eyeglasses in order to determine specifications for lenses, contact lenses, and other optical elements.
 
Set dials and start machines to polish lenses, or hold lenses against rotating wheels in order to polish them manually.
 
Set up machines to polish, bevel, edge, and grind lenses, flats, blanks, and other precision optical elements.
 
Repair broken parts, using precision hand tools and soldering irons.
 
Position and adjust cutting tools to specified curvature, dimensions, and depth of cut.
 
Inspect, weigh, and measure mounted or unmounted lenses after completion in order to verify alignment and conformance to specifications, using precision instruments.
 
Remove lenses from molds, and separate lenses in containers for further processing or storage.
 
Lay out lenses and trace lens outlines on glass, using templates.
 
Immerse eyeglass frames in solutions in order to harden, soften, or dye frames.
 
Control equipment that coats lenses to alter their reflective qualities.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Technology
Benchmark Title: Opthalmic Laboratory Technicians
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
 
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
 
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Technology
Benchmark Title: Opthalmic Laboratory Technicians
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
 
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Operation and Control Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
 
Equipment Selection Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Technology
Benchmark Title: Opthalmic Laboratory Technicians
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
 
Rate Control The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
 
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Manual Dexterity The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
 
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
 
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
Depth Perception The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
Multilimb Coordination The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
 
Reaction Time The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
 
Wrist-Finger Speed The ability to make fast, simple, repeated movements of the fingers, hands, and wrists.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
 
Auditory Attention The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Time Sharing The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Technology
Benchmark Title: Opthalmic Laboratory Technicians
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education High School Diploma (or GED or High School Equivalence Certificate)
 
Related Work Experience None
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training Up to and including 1 month
 
On-the-Job Training Over 3 months, up to and including 6 months
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Technology
Benchmark Title: Opthalmic Laboratory Technicians
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Artificial Glass Eye Maker
Artificial Plastic Eye Maker
Bench Hand
Bench Optician
Benchroom Shop Optician
Bevel Polisher
Beveler
Contact Lens Blocker
Contact Lens Blocker and Cutter
Contact Lens Cutter
Contact Lens Lathe Operator
Contact Lens Manufacturer
Contact Lens Technician
Cylinder Grinder
Cylinder Worker
Diamond Grinder
Dotter
Driller
Edge Grinder
Edger
Edger Technician
Eyeglass Assembler
Eyeglass Cutter
Eyeglass Lens Cutter
Eyeglass Maker
Finishing Lab Technician
Glass Cutter
Glass Frame Fitter
Glass Silverer
Grinder
Hand Glass Cutter
Hand Lens Polisher
Lab Manager
Lab Optician
Lab Technician
Lathe Operator
Layout Technician
Lens Cementer
Lens Coating Technician
Lens Cutter
Lens Dotter
Lens Edger
Lens Fabricating Machine Tender
Lens Finisher
Lens Generator
Lens Grinder
Lens Grinder Apprentice
Lens Grinder and Polisher
Lens Maker
Lens Mold Setter
Lens Mounter
Lens Polisher
Lens Shaper Grinder
Lens Silverer
Line Operator
Ophthalmic Technician
Optical Element Coater
Optical Goods Drill Operator
Optical Goods Drilling Machine Operator
Optical Instrument Assembler
Optical Lab Technician
Optical Laboratory Mechanic
Optical Mechanic
Optical Technician
Optical Worker
Optician
Optician Apprentice
Polisher
Precision Lens Centerer and Edger
Precision Lens Generator
Precision Lens Grinder
Precision Lens Grinder Apprentice
Precision Lens Polisher
Precision Optical Goods Worker
Prescription Eyeglass Maker
Prism Measurer
Spectacle Truer
Spotter
Surface Grinder
Surface Room Floater
Surface Room Shop Optician
Surfacer
Surfacing Technician
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Technology
Benchmark Title: Opthalmic Laboratory Technicians
 
 
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