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Optical Technician - 2nd and 3rd Shift - Fairport, NY

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Date: Sep 7, 2022

Location: Fairport, NY, US, 14450

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 54728


Corning is one of the world’s leading innovators in materials science. For more than 160 years, Corning has applied its unparalleled expertise in specialty glass, ceramics, and optical physics to develop products that have created new industries and transformed people’s lives.

Corning succeeds through sustained investment in R&D, a unique combination of material and process innovation, and close collaboration with customers to solve tough technology challenges.

The Specialty Materials segment manufactures products that provide more than 150 material formulations for glass, glass ceramics and fluoride crystals to meet demand for unique customer needs. Consequently, this segment operates in a wide variety of commercial and industrial markets that include display optics and components, semiconductor optics components, aerospace and defense, astronomy, ophthalmic products, telecommunications components and cover glass that is optimized for portable display devices.

2nd & 3rd Shifts Optical Technicians – Manufacturing

               Optical Assembly, Optical Inspector, Optical Fabricator, Optical Polishing


Corning Fairport needs bright, curious, technically inclined manufacturing technicians to help us expand our optics manufacturing operations here in the Rochester area! Products manufactured at our state-of-the-art optics facility help make everyday computer and mobile consumer products possible by providing innovative solutions and manufacturing systems to the semiconductor industry.


  • All fulltime positions are eligible for benefits on day 1 which include:
    • Time Off: Vacation, Sick time, and 13 paid holidays
    • Retirement: 401k match and Pension Plan
    • Compensation: Competitive Base pay, Shift Differential for 2nd and 3rd shift, GoalSharing Bonus Program - targeting $2,000 per year for entry level roles! (Actual payouts will vary based on achievements of established goals)
    • Insurance: Medical, Vision, and Dental coverage options to fit your lifestyle
    • Others: Spot Recognition Program, Employee Referral Bonus Program, Shoe Allowance, and more

Purpose of Position:

*Optical Technician positions may vary in their Purpose of Position

  • Optical Assembly
    • Perform precision alignment, assembly, and testing of optical components and assemblies
    • Perform system-level testing of assemblies for image quality (MTF, stray light, transmission, distortion, and other optical parameters)
    • Set-up, calibrate, align, and operate metrology equipment
  • Optical Inspector
    • Inspect, clean, and test optical components
  • Optical Fabricator
    • Utilizes various machines including MRF, Optipro, Highspeed CNC, in the manufacturing of optics.
    • Performs machine polishing on optics to ensure ability of parts to perform in application.
  • Optical Polishing
    • Utilize conventional polishing techniques to craft optics to standards

Day-to-Day Responsibilities:

  • Optical Assembly
    • Follow standard operating procedures, in a clean room environment, to assemble optical components
    • Successfully interpret work orders, engineering drawings, and work instructions to guide assembly
    • Use a variety of hand tools, precision measuring devices and other specialized equipment including vacuum equipment, digital indicators, torque wrenches, optical microscopes, height gages, Vernier gages, micrometers, and electronic testing fixtures
    • Perform system-level testing of assemblies for image quality (MTF, stray light, transmission, distortion, and other optical parameters)
  • Optical Inspector
    • Visually inspect optics to ensure adherence to standards and quality regulations
    • Utilize blueprints and hand tools to prepare optics for additional manufacturing process
    • Record and chart data to improve manufacturing process
    • Utilize blueprints, metrology equipment, standard operating procedures in inspection process
  • Optical Fabricator
    • Follows standard operating procedure for the fabrication process of optics
    • Operates laps and equipment in a safe and efficient manner while utilizing proper PPE
    • Inspect, measure and cleans optics
    • Read drawings and metrology equipment to guide manufacturing process
    • Test and inspect optics and optical systems
    • Perform calculations, quality tests, inspection
    • Follows established company rules, regulations, and maintains quality standards
  • Optical Polishing
    • Polish optics using pitch laps, working to 1/10 wave tolerances
    • Use of test plates, interferometers, and optical inspection tools to ensure quality of workmanship
    • Read blueprints, monitor processes, monitor, and chart data
    • Perform calculations, quality tests, measurements, and inspections on optics
  • Other duties as assigned

Hours of Work:

  • Monday – Friday 2nd & 3rd Shifts + OT
    • 2nd Shift: 2:00 PM – 10:30 PM
    • 3rd Shift: 10:00 PM – 6:30 AM

Preferred Experience:

  • Experience in optics manufacturing
  • Experience working in a cleanroom environment



  • High school education
  • Associates or Bachelors in a STEM field is a plus

Work Environment:

  • Indoor, climate-controlled work environment
  • Various clean rooms require the use of PPE and gowning


This position does not support immigration sponsorship.



We prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected status.


We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

Nearest Major Market: Rochester