« on: July 10, 2012, 06:27:06 AM »
I worked for Leica for 7 years. Everyone has answered your question quite well. I had an option to apprentice as a "Fine instrument Technician", the end job was high-end electo-optical assembly. I opted to be a "Prototype Mechanic", which meant I built the physical mechanical prototype for lens assemblies and production fixtures (I ended up with a Tool and Die maker C of Q). It was a great job( I work in medical prototyping now). I built a lot of grinding fixtures, and I have to say watching grind lenses is not that glamorous, hard work. and patience. I didn't work much with Optical engineers, but, I worked daily with mechanical engineers, That seemed like an okay job. It was pretty flooded with cheaper labour before I left. but, there was still some room for higher wage earning.