Lens Grinders and Polishers
Education & Training
To work as a lens grinder and polisher, you typically need to:
- have a high school diploma or GED; and
- complete moderate-term on-the-job training.
Education after high school
Some lens grinders and polishers complete formal training programs at professional-technical schools. These programs cover topics such as optical theory and lens surfacing and finishing. You also learn to read and apply prescriptions. These programs run from six months to a year. When you finish, you usually earn a certificate.
Most lens grinders and polishers learn their skills on the job. You begin by learning simple tasks, such as marking or blocking lenses for grinding. As you gain experience you learn lens grinding, cutting, edging, and eyeglass assembly. This training can last up to one year.
Some branches of the military train people to be optical laboratory technicians. Training lasts 21 to 26 weeks, depending on your specialty. Additional training occurs on the job.
Fields of Study (What to study to prepare for this career)
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Helpful High School Courses
You should take a general high school curriculum that meets the state's graduation requirements. You will be required to take both math and science classes to graduate.
Helpful electives to take in high school that prepare you for this occupation include:
- Computer Fundamentals
- Vision Care Assisting
The courses listed above are meant to help you create your high school plan. If you have not already done so, talk to a school counselor or parent about the courses you are considering taking.
You should also check with a teacher or counselor to see if work-based learning opportunities are available in your school and community. These might include field trips, job shadowing, internships, and actual work experience. The goal of these activities is to help you connect your school experiences with real-life work.
Join some groups, try some hobbies, or volunteer with an organization that interests you. By participating in activities you can have fun, make new friends, and learn about yourself. Maybe one of them will help direct you to a future career.
Source: Minnesota Department of Education.