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Optimax POM Apprenticeship Program

The Optimax Precision Optics Manufacturing (POM) Apprenticeship program was created to prepare technicians for a rewarding, long-term career in precision optics manufacturing. As part of upskilling the workforce in developing optics fabrication technicians, this apprenticeship program will help the industry and Optimax continue to manage and sustain workforce growth.

The program consists of a three-year on-the-job training (OJT) rotations throughout all the departments at Optimax to prepare employees with the skills that will help them become productive and technically savvy precision optics manufacturing technicians.

Optimax Precision Optics Manufacturing (POM) Apprenticeship Brochure

TOPICS

Each apprenticeship will be structured around the qualifications and needs of the apprentice but will include time spent in every department at Optimax, with a focus on the following topics:

  • Grinding
  • Polishing
  • Generating
  • Materials
  • R&D
  • Sales
  • Coating
  • Quality
  • Assembly
  • Finishing

GOALS

The overall goal of this apprenticeship program is being able to obtain the skills and qualifications needed to be a highly effective optical technician:

  • Materials
  • Optical fabrication process
  • Bulk materials
  • Manufacturing and testing
  • Optical Metrology
  • Assembly
  • Coatings

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Must be a current Optimax employee
  • Application – apply and complete an interview process
  • Education – must have a High School Diploma or GED
  • Complete ACT WorkKeys test (a min. score of 5 is required for math applications and a min. score of 4 is required on the reading for information and locating information tests)
  • Complete a spatial/visual aptitude test

EDUCATION

In addition to the rotation, each apprentice must take two classes from a community college each year that relate to optics manufacturing. Tuition costs are reimbursed by Optimax.

POM Apprenticeship Program

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But don’t take our word, click below to hear from some of our brightest and hard-working apprentices.

POM Apprentice

Amanda

WHAT INTERESTED YOU IN JOINING THE PROGRAM?
The opportunity to continually gain new skills and the guarantee of wage reviews every six months.

WHAT DOES AN AVERAGE DAY AT OPTIMAX LOOK LIKE FOR YOU?
Constantly discussing and having hands-on opportunities for all the skills I’m acquiring. I learn something new every day and meet great people along the way.

WHAT KIND OF ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE SOMEONE THINKING ABOUT APPLYING FOR THE PROGRAM?
Make sure you are at a point financially, physically and emotionally where you can dedicate the next three years of your life to your job and schooling. It’s a lot to take in.

WHAT OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE TO YOU AS AN APPRENTICE AT OPTIMAX?

To constantly have hands-on learning, to make a livable wage, and to further my education at no monetary cost to myself.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT THE POM APPRENTICE PROGRAM?

The fact that I learn something new every day. It allows me to go home feeling accomplished and fulfilled.

IN ONE WORD, WHAT DOES OPTICS MANUFACTURING MEAN TO YOU?
Opportunity

POM Apprentice

Travis

WHAT INTERESTED YOU IN JOINING THE (POM) APPRENTICE PROGRAM?
Mainly the opportunity for growth and advancement as an employee. I get the chance to see all the different processes that Optimax is capable of and it gives me a better understanding of the company as a whole.

WHAT DOES AN AVERAGE DAY AT OPTIMAX LOOK LIKE FOR YOU?
I usually work with a journey worker to learn what they do on an everyday basis.

HOW DO YOU BALANCE SCHOOL AND WORK?
I usually have to coordinate and work an odd shift to make sure I can get my 40 hours and get the classes I need.

WHAT DO YOU SEE AS THE PAYOFFS BY COMPLETING THIS POM APPRENTICE PROGRAM?
I will gain my journeyman’s papers and ultimately I will be able to see all the different areas and find potential job opportunities.

WHAT KIND OF ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE SOMEONE THINKING ABOUT APPLYING FOR THE POM APPRENTICE PROGRAM?
Be a sponge. Absorb as much of the information as you can from the guys with up to 40 years of experience that you’ll be working alongside.

IN ONE WORD, WHAT DOES OPTICS MANUFACTURING MEAN TO YOU?
Exciting

POM Apprentice

Casey

WHAT INTERESTED YOU IN JOINING THE PROGRAM?
I was influenced greatly by my coworkers. Any and everyone urged me to apply because it would be great exposure and beneficial for my career. I was interested in being able to start and produce a product, following it through all the necessary steps to finish it.

WHAT DO YOU SEE AS THE PAYOFFS OF COMPLETING THIS PROGRAM?

The ability to become fluid within Optimax. This means that I will be able to go and work anywhere that extra help may be needed whenever necessary while becoming a valuable asset to the company itself.

HOW DO YOU BALANCE SCHOOL AND WORK?

We have a lot on our plates and it can get really stressful at times. I have found that what works best for me is staying at school after class to finish all of my homework that same day.

WHAT OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE TO YOU AS AN APPRENTICE AT OPTIMAX?

I feel that the ball is in your court. You create opportunities. It is up to you to decide how far you can and will excel.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT THE POM APPRENTICE PROGRAM?

Constant change. Although stressful at times, I can guarantee you will never get bored. Learning all of the different operations of this company and the interactions and friendships made along the way make it worth it.

IN ONE WORD, WHAT DOES OPTICS MANUFACTURING MEAN TO YOU?

Interesting

POM Apprentice

Collin

WHAT INTERESTED YOU IN JOINING THE PROGRAM?
Gaining knowledge of the entire manufacturing process.

WHAT DOES AN AVERAGE DAY AT OPTIMAX LOOK LIKE FOR YOU?
Fairly normal. As an apprentice, you usually work 7 to 3:30 unless schooling or your journey worker requires you to work at another specific time. Each day comes new challenges with new information and retaining it is one of the most important things.

WHAT DO YOU SEE AS THE PAYOFFS BY COMPLETING THIS PROGRAM?
I want to be a certified journey worker as a precision optics manufacturer. I also think it will benefit me to a faster career advancement with the goal of one day becoming a leader.

WHAT KIND OF ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE SOMEONE THINKING ABOUT APPLYING FOR THE PROGRAM?
Be open-minded, flexible, and willing to work hard!

IN ONE WORD, WHAT DOES OPTICS MANUFACTURING MEAN TO YOU?
Create

POM Apprentice

Lindsay

WHAT INTERESTED YOU IN JOINING THE PROGRAM?
I wanted the opportunity to work in each area. Staying in one place for too long can give you tunnel vision, I think it’s important to learn from different people, see different points of view and techniques.

WHAT DO YOU SEE AS THE PAYOFFS BY COMPLETING THIS PROGRAM?
Advanced skills and knowledge that will help greatly to further my career in manufacturing.

WHAT KIND OF ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE SOMEONE THINKING ABOUT APPLYING FOR THE PROGRAM?
Make sure that you can be flexible. Balancing school, work, and home life can be a challenge. You may be moved around unexpectedly, or be expected to switch shifts on short notice.

WHY DO YOU THINK SOMEONE SHOULD APPLY FOR THE PROGRAM?

If you are unsure of where your career to Optimax to take you, then you should definitely apply. The apprenticeship program will give you the chance to “try on” different roles.

IN ONE WORD, WHAT DOES OPTICS MANUFACTURING MEAN TO YOU?
Auspicious

POM Apprentice

Jeff

WHAT DO YOU SEE AS THE PAYOFFS BY COMPLETING THIS PROGRAM?
I have the opportunity to continue my education and find different opportunities in the company. I will also gain more experience and ultimately be a go-to person when in need.

WHAT DOES AN AVERAGE DAY AT OPTIMAX LOOK LIKE FOR YOU?
A day at Optimax is never average because I am always doing something different. I spend some days in one area of the company and then move on to another. I really enjoy working in all the different areas because it allows me to get to know all of my fun co-workers.

HOW DO YOU BALANCE SCHOOL AND WORK?
A simpler way to balance the two is to keep the course load down (1 or 2 classes a semester) and make sure to work on homework right after class.

WHAT OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE TO YOU AS AN APPRENTICE AT OPTIMAX?
I see the whole program as an opportunity because all of the schooling is covered from tuition, books, and parking. In addition, we get to see all of the working parts that make up Optimax through the rotation.

WHY DO YOU THINK SOMEONE SHOULD APPLY FOR THE PROGRAM?
I think this is a great way to learn about the company start to finish. It’s also great to keep going to school and learning more.

IN ONE WORD, WHAT DOES OPTICS MANUFACTURING MEAN TO YOU?
Progressive

POM Apprentice

Ben

WHAT OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE TO YOU AS AN APPRENTICE AT OPTIMAX?
The main opportunity that I like about the program is being able to interact and meet everyone in the company because you can really see how much people love to work here as you rotate through the areas.

WHAT DOES AN AVERAGE DAY AT OPTIMAX LOOK LIKE FOR YOU?
An average day for me at Optimax varies because of the fact that we rotate areas and each area is a little bit different.

HOW DO YOU BALANCE SCHOOL AND WORK?
I balance school and work just by scheduling it accordingly. I usually take all night classes so my work won’t interfere with my school and vice versa. I don’t take a full schedule because I know I would run out of energy. The key is to know your limits and not try to push yourself too much with everything.

WHAT DO YOU SEE AS THE PAYOFFS BY COMPLETING THIS PROGRAM?
I hope that when I am done with the program, I will be more of a “floating technician” out on the floor who helps and solves tough jobs.

WHY DO YOU THINK SOMEONE SHOULD APPLY FOR THE PROGRAM?
I think people should apply for this program because of the fact that you learn something new every single day and that is “lifelong learning”, which is something Optimax strives for with all their employees.

IN ONE WORD, WHAT DOES OPTICS MANUFACTURING MEAN TO YOU?
Challenging

POM Apprentice

Jake

WHAT INTERESTED YOU IN JOINING THE PROGRAM?
Going through all of the different rotation areas.

WHAT DO YOU SEE AS THE PAYOFFS BY COMPLETING THIS PROGRAM?
Learning from all of the areas of the company.

WHAT OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE TO YOU AS AN APPRENTICE AT OPTIMAX?

Tuition gets paid for completely and books and parking are covered as well.

WHY DO YOU THINK SOMEONE SHOULD APPLY FOR THE PROGRAM?

You get to learn so much.

IN ONE WORD, WHAT DOES OPTICS MANUFACTURING MEAN TO YOU?
Success

POM Apprentice

Phil

WHAT INTERESTED YOU IN JOINING THE PROGRAM?
The opportunity to learn new abilities and strengthen my career.

WHAT DO YOU SEE AS THE PAYOFFS BY COMPLETING THIS PROGRAM?
Becoming a stronger asset to a growing company that values its employees.

WHAT KIND OF ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE SOMEONE THINKING ABOUT APPLYING FOR THE PROGRAM?
Read all the information given, ask questions, and evaluate if it’s the right step for you. It never hurts to apply and see the process.

HOW DO YOU BALANCE SCHOOL AND WORK?

Looking into classes to be taken, seeing what’s available, and determining what’s going to be the best balance of work, school and free time for that semester.

WHAT OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE TO YOU AS AN APPRENTICE AT OPTIMAX?

Training from some of the most skilled techs in each area, no-cost education, and a reasonably flexible schedule.

IN ONE WORD, WHAT DOES OPTICS MANUFACTURING MEAN TO YOU?
Progression

POM Apprentice

Steve

WHAT INTERESTED YOU IN JOINING THE PROGRAM?
I was intrigued by the accelerated training program, which gets you familiar with every aspect of the precision optics manufacturing process. The 100% college tuition coverage was also a big factor for me.

WHAT DOES AN AVERAGE DAY AT OPTIMAX LOOK LIKE FOR YOU?
My days are ever-changing. Apprentices rotate through almost every area of the company, which allows for a wide range of skills to be learned in a relatively short time. My days are primarily spent working alongside a journey worker, who demonstrates the skills necessary to complete manufacturing operations in each area.

WHAT DO YOU SEE AS THE PAYOFFS BY COMPLETING THE PROGRAM?
A more developed understanding of the precision optical manufacturing process, becoming a New York State certified journeyman in precision optics, obtaining my associate’s degree in optical systems technology, and accelerated career advancement.

WHAT OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE TO YOU AS AN APPRENTICE AT OPTIMAX?

There really is no limit to the opportunities that will become available to you at Optimax. The most important of these are opportunities for accelerated career advancement and wage growth. As you rotate through all of the different areas of the company and learn each aspect of the manufacturing process, more and more career opportunities become accessible.

WHY DO YOU THINK SOMEONE SHOULD APPLY TO THIS PROGRAM?

Precision optics is a rapidly growing industry looking for competent, well-trained individuals with the skills necessary to excel in this industry. Anyone interested in learning the ins and outs of the field and is looking for accelerated career advancement should apply.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT THE POM APPRENTICE PROGRAM?

The people. As you rotate through, you get to meet a lot of incredibly knowledgeable people who are always willing to go above and beyond to make sure you have a good understanding of the wide variety of manufacturing concepts and processes that are integrated here.

IN ONE WORD, WHAT DOES OPTICS MANUFACTURING MEAN TO YOU?
Science

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