PGM Operator/Inspector - A/C Shift Rotation - Entry Level Roles with Growth Opportunity!

    • Job Tracking ID: 512256-599756
    • Job Location: W. Henrietta, NY
      United States
    • Job Level: Student/Internship
    • Job Type: Temporary
    • Date Updated: November 30, 2017
    • Years of Experience: College
    • 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 Description:

This A/C shift rotation* position is for a Precision Glass Molding (PGM) operator/inspector 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. After a period of training, the employee will be required to operate multiple glass molding machines demonstrating the ability to adequately maintain the proper machine load/un-load techniques while striving to keep the machines recycled in a timely manner. He/she will be required to load parts into holders or racks. Attention to detail is required and mold cavity identity must be maintained on all jobs as a way to insure quality and data integrity. The ability to inspect optics to a 40/20 quality specification, take dimensional measurements with micrometers, and maintain accurate records, will be required after an initial training period with qualified personnel.

 * 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)

Once trained, he/she will be held accountable for part quality, machine operation, plasma etch, inspection and traying of lenses.

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. Flexibility to work a rotating shift schedule and occasional overtime is required.

Tasks to be learned:

1) Load/Unload Glass Molding Machines

2) Perform visual and mechanical lens inspection

3) Rack and plasma etch molded lenses

4) Tray completed lenses

5) Maintain job specific paperwork and data entry throughout the process.

Experience and Skills:

Minimum Requirements:

  • Ability to perform work in accordance with readily understood practices and work instructions but exercises some independent judgment when inspecting parts acceptability.
  • Good math skills, computer knowledge ability to adapt to changing conditions.
  • Knowledge of optics and their applications is a plus.
  • Blueprint reading is a plus.
  • Required Experience:
  • Experience/Certifications/Degrees Required:
  • High school graduate or equivalent.

Abilities Required:

  • Good manual dexterity
  • Ability to multi-task and stay focused
  • Proficient math skills
  • Ability to follow directions
  • Good communication skills
  • Computer skills
  • Decision making
  • Additional information:
  • The job may involve prolong periods of sitting/standing
  • May involve the use of oils and solvents
  • Highly repetitive work, usually in a fixed body position for a sustained period of time
  • Generally works in a clean environment and works to maintain the environment as such
  • Requires initiative and mental concentration to learn new skills and techniques
  • Safety Glasses are required
  • Exercises independent judgment when inspecting parts acceptability for further operations
  • Follows procedures for all jobs
  • May require area specific safety training
  • May involve prolonged periods of magnified inspection (eye strain)


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.


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 form upon hire.