Optics Manufacturing Technician I | Optimax

Feb. 13, 2023

Optics Manufacturing Technician I

Ontario, NY, US

30+ days ago

Requisition ID: 1250

Optics Manufacturing Technician I


Minimum 35 hrs/week; overtime as needed

A unique corporate culture combined with a dynamic work environment

Optimax has lenses throughout the Universe! We build the optics behind the latest breakthrough technologies in aerospace, defense, and consumer electronics, leveraging our optics manufacturing technology for programs that benefit mankind and projects that defend our freedom. Our unique corporate culture of teamwork, innovation, and agility provides a dynamic work environment. We are looking for individuals that are committed to lifelong learning and creating value through their hard work.

Job Summary and Essential Job Duties

The Optics Manufacturing Technician position is responsible for manufacturing precision optics and other optical components. Successful candidates undergo instruction and training to ultimately operate optics manufacturing and testing equipment such as multi-axis CNC machines, generating and polishing machines, applying knowledge of layout and tooling techniques and procedures, shop mathematics, and properties of optical and abrasive materials.  

Through On the Job Training (OJT), optical manufacturing technicians will:

  • Read and interpret lens specifications from blue prints, drawings and work orders; 
  • Set up and operate equipment, which may include: CNC and non-CNC generating equipment, grinding equipment, polishing equipment, centering equipment, and inspection equipment to manufacture precision optics;
  • Mount work and tooling pieces on holding fixtures and machines, using adhesive, friction, or vacuum; 
  • Select premixed compounds or mix grinding, polishing, and holding compounds according to formula; 
  • Grind and polish optics to specifications; 
  • Learn to operate Interferometers, coordinate measuring machines, and other advanced testing equipment
  • Inspect in-process optics for conformance to specifications. 

Advancement through the Optics Manufacturing Technician ranks is attained via increasing levels of education, experience, industrial skills, math skills, computing skills, responsibility and leadership potential and effectiveness. 

Education Requirements

  • A High School Diploma or GED required. Vocational training in manufacturing, carpentry, materials science, machining or similar strongly desired. 

Minimum Requirements:

  • Familiarity with computers to include but not limited to Microsoft Office
  • Proficient shop math skills, including algebra, geometry, trigonometry, fractions, ratios, decimal arithmetic, and percentages 
  • Ability to follow directions and attention to detail
  • Capable of understanding and interpreting blueprints or drawings for both mechanical and optical standards
  • Ability to work in a challenging, fast-paced environment with good time management skills
  • Good mental dexterity and decision making
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Analytical troubleshooting/problem-solving 

Other Skills and Experience:

  • Ability to read, analyze and interpret technical drawings. 
  • Hand-eye coordination and/or manual dexterity similar to those skills utilized in artistic, creative or musical activities are desirable. 
  • Ability to collect and interpret data
  • Strong Multi-tasking skills
  • Initiative and mental concentration to learn new skills and techniques
  • AAS or AS preferred. One or more years working in manufacturing is also desirable. 

Compensation and Benefits

Optimax Systems offers highly competitive, total compensation packages linked directly to employee’s professional experience. Some of Optimax’s benefits include: Bonus – 25% Monthly Profit Sharing, Advanced Tuition Assistance, Health Insurance, Health Savings Account Employer Match, Dental Insurance, Disability Insurance, Life Insurance, 9 paid holidays, Paid Time Off, and a 401(k) plan. 

Work Requirements: 

Physical Demands:

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch: and talk and hear.
  • The job may involve prolong periods of sitting/standing.
  • Specific vision abilities required include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. 
  • Requires good hand-eye coordination, arm, hand and finger dexterity, including ability to grasp.

Work Environment:

  • This position works in a manufacturing environment. The noise level can vary from quiet to loud frequencies.
  • May involve the use of oils and solvents.
  • Generally works in a clean environment and works to maintain the environment as such.
  • May require area-specific safety training
  • The employee is regularly exposed to moving mechanical parts and fumes
  • May be assigned to various production areas as needs require.

(EEO) Optimax Systems, Inc. must comply with the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) issued by the United States Department of State, Department of Defense Trade Controls. Because of the ITAR, Optimax must limit employment opportunities to US citizens or lawful permanent residents of the United States. Optimax is committed to equal opportunity for all, without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, sex, age, veteran status, disability, genetic information, or any other protected characteristic. Optimax will make reasonable accommodations for known physical or mental limitations of otherwise qualified employees and applicants with disabilities unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the operation of our business. 

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