To work as a lens grinder and polisher, you typically need to:
- have a high school diploma or equivalent; 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.