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Optical/ophthalmic laboratory technicians and assistants

OaSIS code 33109.05

Optical/ophthalmic laboratory technicians and assistants use laboratory equipment to fit lenses into frames and make minor repairs for customers.

Overview

Also known as

  • Ophthalmic laboratory technician - retail
  • Ophthalmic lens grinder
  • Optical laboratory assistant

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

  • Operate laboratory equipment to grind, cut, polish and edge lenses for eyeglasses according to prescriptions received and fit lenses into frames
  • Make minor repairs for customers such as replacing frame screws or straightening frames
  • Maintain and repair optical laboratory equipment or machinery.

Additional information

No data has been provided for this section.

Similar occupations classified elsewhere

Exclusions:

  • Medical laboratory assistants and related technical occupations (33101)
  • Medical laboratory technologists (32120)
  • Pharmacy technicians (32124)
  • Other medical technologists and technicians (32129)

NOC hierarchy breakdown

NOC version

NOC 2021 Version 1.0

Broad occupational category

3 – Health occupations

TEER

3 – Occupations usually require a college diploma or apprenticeship training of less than two years; or more than six months of on-the-job training

Major group

33 – Assisting occupations in support of health services

Sub-major group

331 – Assisting occupations in support of health services

Minor group

3310 – Assisting occupations in support of health services

Unit group

33109 – Other assisting occupations in support of health services

Occupational profile

33109.05 – Optical/ophthalmic laboratory technicians and assistants

Work characteristics

Work characteristics gathers the various components describing the work environment of each occupation, such as employers, work activities, and the work context. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of complexity (for Work Activities) or other measurement dimensions (for Work Context), and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.

Work Activities

Proficiency or complexity level
Assisting and Caring for Others
3 - Moderate Level
Controlling Machines and Processes
3 - Moderate Level
Electronic Maintenance
3 - Moderate Level
Handling and Moving Objects
3 - Moderate Level
Analyzing Data or Information
2 - Low Level

Work Context

Structural Job Characteristics

Structured versus Unstructured Work
Degree of freedom to determine tasks and priorities
2 - Low amount of freedom
Work Week Duration
Worked hours in a typical week
2 - Between 35 to 40 hours

Physical Work Environment

Physical Proximity
Physical distance from others
4 - Close (at arm’s length)

Physical Demands

Sitting
Duration
2 - Less than half the time
Standing
Duration
4 - More than half the time
Bending or Twisting the Body
Duration
2 - Less than half the time

Interpersonal Relations

Contact with Others
Frequency
4 - Every day, a few times per day
Duration
4 - More than half the time
Work with Work Group or Team
Importance
3 - Important
Frequency
4 - Every day, a few times per day

Workplaces/employers

  • Optical retail stores and laboratories
  • Optometrists' offices

Skills and abilities

This section displays the various competencies required for an occupation. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of proficiency (for Skills and Abilities) or importance (for Personal Attributes) and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.

Abilities

Proficiency or complexity level
Arm-Hand Steadiness
5 - Highest Level
Control of Settings
5 - Highest Level
Finger Dexterity
4 - High Level
Finger-Hand-Wrist Motion
4 - High Level
Near Vision
4 - High Level

Skills

Proficiency or complexity level
Quality Control Testing
4 - High Level
Equipment and Tool Selection
3 - Moderate Level
Operation and Control
3 - Moderate Level
Operation Monitoring of Machinery and Equipment
3 - Moderate Level
Repairing
3 - Moderate Level

Personal Attributes

Importance
Attention to Detail
5 - Extremely important
Adaptability
4 - Highly important
Collaboration
4 - Highly important
Concern for Others
4 - Highly important
Active Learning
3 - Important