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    Classified Staff Job Description

    The University of Arizona

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    Classified Staff Employee Job Description

    Job Code: 030240
    Title: Optician, Senior
    Pay Grade: 51
    Pay Range

    Purpose of Classification:
    Fabricates and tests precision optical components made of glass, ceramics, composites, crystalline materials, metals or other materials from engineering drawings and sketches and performs complex optical testing operations.

    Distinguishing Characteristics:
    This is third in a series of three classifications and is distinguished from Optician in that incumbents in this classification also fabricate small and large optical components according to specifications outlined in contracts from customers and oversee work of lower level opticians.

    Example of Duties:
    • Coordinates project activities with staff engineers and customers from within the University, outside industry and governmental agencies.
    • Consults with scientific personnel on the fabrication of optical components and furnishes time and cost estimates as required.
    • Reviews optical specifications and blueprints to determine types of mounts, test lenses, tools and fixtures required and sequence of operations necessary for fabrication of optical components.
    • Sets up and operates machines to lap glass, metal, plastics, ceramics, composites and crystals to proper curve, thickness and surface finish; polishes optical components to prescribed specifications.
    • Specifies and assembles sophisticated tooling and test equipment for the fabrication and testing of optical components appropriate to projects.
    • Tests optical components to determine working characteristics and conformance to specifications using standard and modified optical test equipment and procedures such as knife edge, scatterplate, wire, Hartmann, Fizeau and null tests using computer controlled interferometers for the testing of aspherics; interprets data for both qualitative and quantitative analysis.
    • Trains optical shop employees in optical fabrication and test procedures including safety precautions.
    • Prepares and presents test data in numeric, graphic or photographic form as appropriate and applies test results to optical fabrication processes to obtain final design figures.
    • Creates shop sketches or drawings of tooling and test systems to permit their fabrication.
    • Writes procedures for the maintenance and overhaul of machine tools and supervises the overhaul, repair or modification to optical shop tooling.

    Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
    • Knowledge of optical principles, practices and techniques.
    • Skill in applying optical cutting and polishing techniques.
    • Skill in operating precision optical instruments.
    • Ability to effectively communicate.

      Minimum Qualifications:
      • Ten years of experience in cutting and polishing lenses, mirrors, flats, prisms and aspherics; OR,
      • Any equivalent combination of experience, training and/or education as approved by Human Resources.


      Revised: 03/13/2006

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