1220.0 - Australian Standard Classification of Occupations (ASCO) Second Edition, 1997  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 31/07/1997   
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      Optical Mechanic
      Ophthalmic Lens Surfacer and Fitter
      Optical Technician

Operates machines to grind, polish and surface optical lenses to meet prescription requirements, and fits lenses to spectacle frames.

Skill Level:
The entry requirement for this occupation is an AQF Certificate III or higher qualification. Registration or licensing is required.

Tasks Include:
  • interprets prescription details and produces or selects prescribed lenses
  • locates and marks axes and optical centres on lens blanks, makes calculations to grind lenses to specifications and sets machines
  • checks and tests polished lenses for quality
  • grinds special shape and size lenses and multifocal lenses which include bifocal, trifocal and progressive lenses
  • modifies frames, edges lenses and fits glasses and contact lenses
  • applies lens treatments such as toughening of glass lenses and tinting of plastic lenses

Optical Dispenser

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