Optical Mechanics operate machines to grind, polish and surface optical lenses to meet prescription requirements, and fit lenses to spectacle frames.

    You can work as an Optical Mechanic without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. Training is available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

    Tasks

    • Selects and assembles optical elements for instruments and fits them in position.
    • Scrapes, files and laps mount of instrument to align optical elements.
    • Centres, focuses, adjusts and calibrates instrument on standard targets.
    • Anchors lenses and other optical elements with adhesives or retaining ring.

    All Other Technicians and Trades Workers

    • $1,146 Weekly Pay
    • Very strong Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment

    Optical Mechanics

    • 480 workers Employment Size
    • Medium skill Skill level rating
    • 81% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 41 hours Average full-time
    • 46 years Average age
    • 27% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Optical Mechanics (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
    from 650 in 2011 to 480 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Optical Mechanics work in many parts of Australia. Victoria has a large share of workers.
    • Industries: Most work in Health Care and Social Assistance; Manufacturing; and Wholesale Trade.
    • Full-time: Most work full-time (81%, much higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 41 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 46 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (54%).
    • Gender: 27% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Health Care and Social Assistance51.0
    Manufacturing36.9
    Wholesale Trade7.2
    Other Services2.5
    Other Industries2.4

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateOptical MechanicsAll Jobs Average
    NSW24.931.6
    VIC32.625.6
    QLD22.420.0
    SA8.87.0
    WA7.510.8
    TAS2.72.0
    NT0.01.0
    ACT1.01.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketOptical MechanicsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.6-5.05.0
    20-243.8-9.39.3
    25-3415.8-22.922.9
    35-4425.9-22.022.0
    45-5427.4-21.621.6
    55-5910.5-9.09.0
    60-6410.3-6.06.0
    65 and Over5.5-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationOptical MechanicsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate2.4-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree10.9-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma10.2-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV46.1-21.121.1
    Year 1221.3-18.118.1
    Year 111.7-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below7.6-12.512.5

    You can work as an Optical Mechanic without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. Training is available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

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    Employers look for Other Technicians and Trades Workers who are reliable, work well in a team and have a strong work ethic.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Production and processing

      58% Skill level

      Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

    2. Mathematics

      53% Skill level

      Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

    3. Computers and electronics

      49% Skill level

      Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

    4. Mechanical

      49% Skill level

      Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

    5. Customer and personal service

      40% Skill level

      Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

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    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 51-9083.00 - Ophthalmic Laboratory Technicians.

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Indoors, heat controlled

      99% Important

      Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

    2. Time pressure

      92% Important

      Work to strict deadlines.

    3. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

      92% Important

      Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

    4. Unstructured work

      87% Important

      Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

    5. Being exact or accurate

      85% Important

      Be very exact or highly accurate.

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    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 51-9083.00 - Ophthalmic Laboratory Technicians.

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