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Optical Technician

Northvale, NJ
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Date Posted:
March 28, 2023


Inrad Optics is seeking self-motivated individuals to add to our growing team of Optical Technicians. We are looking for someone with proficient visual acuity and hand dexterity to assemble our precision custom optics. If you are focused, with a keen attention to detail, then you may be an excellent candidate for one of our career-building positions manufacturing precision optics for medical, defense and space applications.

Key responsibilities

  • Cleaning, handling and packaging of optical components.
  • Handling of various materials related to manufacturing of precision optics.
  • Operation of optical polishing, grinding, milling and generating machines.
  • Use of various instruments and measurement gauges.
  • Read, understand and follow optical blueprints and ensure conformity to blueprint specifications and the work order traveler.
  • Hand grind and spindle grind optical glass, quartz and infrared optical material and ensure conformity to work order traveler and blueprint specifications.
  • Set up and operate optical spindle machines to polish various optical components, including windows, prisms, and lenses. Typical materials consist of optical glass, quartz, zinc selenide, silicon and germanium.
  • Clean, assemble, cure and test complex optical assemblies and components to customer specifications.
  • In conjunction with engineering assist in development and use of optical and mechanical fixtures. Test and qualify fixtures.
  • Set up all jobs including materials, fixtures, instruments and measuring devices.
  • Final test assemblies to assure tolerances are met.
  • Identify and repair assemblies that do not meet tolerances.
  • Maintain and clean all machinery and follow preventive maintenance schedules.
  • Responsible for maintaining a clean, safe and organized work area on a daily basis.
  • Maintain required operation documentation & records.

Key requirements

  • High school graduate or equivalent; additional optical training preferred.
  • Technical or mechanical background preferred, but not required
  • Experience in precision small component assembly, preferably in an optical job shop environment, preferred but not required
  • Strong knowledge of optical measurement and test equipment & procedures, preferred but not required
  • Ability to read & interpret complex optical prints & drawings
  • Basic math skills
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Keen attention to detail, thorough in completing work tasks
  • Problem solving skills
  • Hand-eye coordination and hand dexterity
  • Ability to lift up to 25 pounds
  • Must be fully vaccinated
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident as we are a United States controlled information facility


  • Monday-Friday Schedule
  • Flexible PTO
  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • 401k matching

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