PGM Set-Up I - A /C Shift Rotation - Entry Level Roles with Growth Opportunity!

    • Job Tracking ID: 512256-599754
    • Job Location: West Henrietta, NY
    • Job Level: Entry Level (less than 2 years)
    • Level of Education: Any
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: November 30, 2017
    • Years of Experience: Any
    • Starting Date: ASAP
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Job Description:


RPO is a global leader in precision optics, optical components, and optical assemblies. We specialize in a full spectrum of products & services including – Design and Engineering, Systems Integration, Lens Assembly, Visible and Infrared Components, Glass and Plastic Molded Aspheres, and Thin Film Coating. As one of the fastest growing companies in Rochester, RPO offers exciting career paths and work on market-leading programs. See below one of many career opportunities to join to RPO team!

Compensation & Benefits:

RPO offers highly competitive, total compensation packages linked directly to employee’s professional experience. RPO’s benefits include: Tuition Reimbursement Program, Health Insurance, Dental Insurance, Disability Insurance, Life Insurance, 10 paid holidays, generous paid vacation and sick time and a 401(k) plan after a 60-day waiting period. Additionally, we work a 9/80 work week that provides for every other Friday as a non-work day.

Job Summary:

This A/C shift rotation* position is for a Precision Glass Molding (PGM) setup within the PGM department. PGM is a unique technology in the optics industry, which utilizes a high temperature glass compression molding process to produce precision glass lenses and components. In basic terms, the process is performed by heating a polished lens blank (called a preform) in the molding machine until it softens, and then pressing it between two precision tool inserts (dies) to form a lens. The person hired for this job will go through a training process which will start with the basics of the technology and work toward the more difficult tasks. The first stage of training will be to learn to operate (load and unload) the molding machines and record data, followed by training in lens inspection and physical measurement techniques. Following success in these areas, training will begin for machine setup which includes the skills necessary to setup production jobs by making the proper machine and mold adjustments and learning the specific setup process for each job. A series of molding support processes will also be learned. In-process troubleshooting skills will also be developed to insure that the quality requirements are maintained by inspecting parts visually and with a variety of measurement devices. Once certified as a setup, the person will be held accountable for timely machine set ups, part/tool quality and machine performance. Person may also instruct, train or assist less experienced operators/set ups when proficient at these tasks.

 * A/C rotation for the PGM team at RPO means 2 months working on A shift (7am - 4:30pm) and 1 month on C shift (9:30pm - 7am)

Summary of Essential Job Duties:

  • Must be conscientious as the tooling required to produce and test molded optics is fragile and costly.
  • In addition to those abilities required below, this position requires excellent mechanical aptitude, the ability to interact well with others, and a desire to learn a very unique manufacturing process. Applicants should only apply if they are looking for a long term career in manufacturing, as the training and certification process is lengthy.
  • Flexibility to work a rotating shift schedule and occasional overtime is required.
  • Must be conscientious as the tooling required to produce and test molded optics is fragile and costly.
  • In addition to those abilities required below, this position requires excellent mechanical aptitude, the ability to interact well with others, and a desire to learn a very unique manufacturing process.

Additional Job Duties:

Tasks to be learned:

  • Load/Unload Glass Molding Machines
  • Perform visual and mechanical lens inspection
  • Rack and plasma etch molded lenses
  • Tray completed lenses
  • Remove, tear down, and reassemble mold (molds are small and weigh less than 5 pounds)
  • Clean and prepare mold tooling for production
  • Set up molding machine using existing lens arrays and procedures.
  • Adjust thermal profile
  • Monitor/adjust machine closing times
  • Verify visual lens quality
  • Submit samples for surface profile evaluation
  • Charge time to work orders and maintain job specific paperwork throughout the process.

Requirements and Competencies:

Mathematical Skills:

  • Basic mathematical skills

Educational Requirements:

  • High School graduate/GED

Additional Requirements:

  • Must be a US citizen or a Permanent Resident: In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

Work Requirements:

Physical Demands:

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand: use hands to fingers, handle or feel: and reach with hands and arms. The employee frequently is required to stand, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch: and talk and hear.
  • The job may involve prolong periods of sitting/standing.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. May involve prolonged periods of magnified inspection (eye strain)
  • Requires good hand-eye coordination, arm, hand and finger dexterity, including ability to grasp.
  • The employee is frequently required to use the computer.

Work Environment:

  • May involve the use of oils and solvents.
  • Subject to some soilage and irritation from cleaning solutions. (Lab Coats provided)
  • Generally works in a clean environment and works to maintain the environment as such.
  • Safety Glasses are required
  • May require area specific safety training
  • This position works in a manufacturing environment. The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.
  • The employee is regularly exposed to moving mechanical parts and fumes or airborne paper particles.
  • May work at different workstations as production needs require, or shifts from one station to another, during the production process.


  • This position does not require travel.


This job description reflects management’s assignment of essential functions; it does not prescribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.


Rochester Precision Optics is committed to leveraging the talent of a diverse workforce to create great opportunities for our business and our people.


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