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Photonics & Laser Technology

Train for entry-level employment as a photonics or photonics-related technician.

A.A.S. in Photonics & Laser Technology

Technicians in the photonics industry work with products and devices that span a broad range of industries, including manufacturing, communications, defense, homeland security, medical, information technology, energy, environmental monitoring, lighting, displays, entertainment and more. In the Photonics & Laser Technology program at Gallatin College MSU, students are first presented a foundation of courses on electronics before introducing photonics and optics to their plan of study. Along with gaining a strong electronics background, students will spend more than 40% of their time in the lab training on a variety of industrial lasers and optical systems for an easy transition into the photonics workforce.

The Photonics & Laser Technology program is part of Gallatin College MSU, southwest Montana’s two-year college.



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Personalized Experience
At Gallatin College MSU, a combination of small class sizes, hands-on education and training and highly qualified instructors with relevant industry experience makes for a student-centered approach focused on success and goal fulfillment.

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Optics & Photonics Hub
With synergy between Montana State's optics research and Bozeman's many amenities, the city has more than 30 optics companies employing a total of at least 800 high-tech workers.

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Unique Opportunities
At Gallatin College MSU, students are offered hands-on experiences in labs, studios, teaching farms and in the surrounding wilderness.




Career Resources

Within their first year of graduation, more than 96% of Montana State graduates are employed, continuing their education or not seeking employment, and career guidance website Zippia consistently ranks MSU as the #1 school in the state where alumni are most likely to land jobs.

Career Coaching & Professional Skills Studio

Professional career coaches help students with their career exploration, employer networking opportunities and job or internship searches. They also critique resumes and help students practice job interviews. Additionally, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success offers free workshops for students to develop the professional communication and collaboration skills that are highly sought after by employers.


Photonics & Laser Technology students at Gallatin College MSU go into careers such as:

  • Electro-optics Technician
  • Photonics Technician
  • Laser Technician

To explore more career possibilities, Gallatin College MSU has a variety of resources available to help with navigating the job search process, including career services and internal job postings.