Coating Technician 1

    • Job Tracking ID: 512256-783130
    • Job Location: West Henrietta, NY
    • Job Level: Entry Level (less than 2 years)
    • Level of Education: High School/GED
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: July 27, 2021
    • Years of Experience: Up to 2 Years
    • Starting Date: ASAP
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Job Description:


Coating Technician I



Reports to

Coating Manager



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!


Job Summary:

This job requires excellent visual acuity and manual dexterity. The ability to follow and write work instructions and the ability pay attention to details and keep organized records of the coating process is key to success for this position. The Coating Operator will have a detailed understanding of the optical handling and cleaning processes including sonic cleaning, spectral measurement techniques and coating processes. An in-depth understanding of vacuum equipment is required. In addition to coating product, this position will support coating operations. Support to include; but may not be limited to; equipment maintenance and preventive maintenance, testing, failure analysis, process development, tooling design, and scheduling.

Summary of Essential Job Duties:

  • Clean & inspect optical components for coating and adaptor selection
  • Coating Process
      • Coater prep, part loading
      • Crystal monitor setup
      • Monitor coating process
      • Unload and post process
  • Measure optical spectra, prepare samples for environmental testing, and provide required data to QA personnel.
  • Keep accurate and complete coating records
  • Daily coater cleanup and perform/ assist during routine large-scale cleanup.
  • Help troubleshoot both process and equipment problems
  • Maintain equipment, tooling, adaptors and work area in accordance with Good Manufacturing Practices, ISO and HSE protocols.
  • Continuous improvement of processes
  • Insure calibration conformance
  • Design tooling and process to meet schedule and quality requirements and cost objectives
  • Generate work instructions that follow good manufacturing best practices as well as all HSE requirements.
  • Train Coating associates on job-specific tasks as well as mentoring in the area of coating, testing and spectral measurements
  • Responsible for control of process within Coating
  • Work closely with the Coating Manager to understand current capabilities and work toward strategic capability improvements
  • Take a lead role in identifying training needs to fill gaps and facilitate cross-training within these areas
  • Work closely with other functional areas at RPO to improve the flow and quality of components to Coating
  • Be the champion for manufacturing excellence within Coating

Experience and Skills:

Requirements and Competencies:

Language Skills:

  • Ability to read, analyze and interpret complex documents. Ability to communicate effectively to team members and management.


Mathematical Skills:

  • Ability to apply basic mathematical concepts.


Educational Requirements:

  • Associates Decree, Apprenticeship, or equivalent experience
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in the area of optical vacuum coating and sonic cleaning processes and equipment.
  • Self-Starter capable of working with very little direction.


Additional Requirements:

  • Pursuant to ITAR, EAR, and other export compliance laws and regulations, applicants for this position must be U.S. Persons as defined by U.S. law, i.e., U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents ('Green Card' holders), persons granted refugee status or asylum status in the United States, or temporary residents granted amnesty.


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, and 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.