Photonics and Laser Technology
Students completing the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Photonics and Laser Technology will learn the scientific principles of optics, fiber-optics, and lasers. Students will be instructed on the processes and equipment for incorporating these devices in electronic and electro-optics systems. Hands-on training will prepare students to become entry-level technicians who work on products or devices in manufacturing, communications, defense, homeland security, medical, information technology, energy, environmental monitoring, lighting, displays, and entertainment. .
This curriculum will first present a foundation of electronics curriculum core, which is critical to the success of the student in the photonics/laser technology portion of the program and in general in the photonics/electro-optic industry. A large portion of the electronics curriculum is hands on and students will spend a portion of their first year in an electronics lab. Photonics and optics will be introduced in the 2nd semester of course work. Along with gaining a strong electronics background, students will spend more than 40 percent of their time in the lab training on a variety of industrial lasers and optical systems to prepare the student for easy transition into the photonics work force.
Graduates are prepared to:
- Work as a technician in the optics, laser, and photonics support field. Students will have demonstrated knowledge in laser systems, electronics, optics and electro-optics. In particular, graduates will be prepared for a variety of careers in design and manufacturing, materials processing, communications, medical applications, semiconductor fabrication, optical systems, electronics, military applications, sales, and education.
- Demonstrate a foundation in electronics that includes electronic components and circuitry knowledge base.
- Function in a professional manner in their field, and use, maintain and clean equipment and tools required in the field of optics, lasers, and photonics.
- Analyze, configure, test, measure, troubleshoot and assist with problems that arise in a professional optics, lasers, and photonics, environment.
- Communicate technical ideas, procedures, and results with professionals in written, oral or graphic format.
Graduates will have knowledge of the following optics intensive components:
- Nature of light
- Optical Components
- Physics of Lasers and Laser Operation
- Materials Processing Systems
- Applied Mathematics
- Geometric optics
- Optical Devices and Principles of Operation
- Fibers and Fiber Optics
- Optical and Electro Optical Systems for Precision Measurements and Alignments
- Applied Physics
- Wave optics
- Optical Support and Positioning Equipment
- Optics of Imaging and Display
- Applied Biology and Chemistry
Above program learning outcomes are derived with permission from OP-TEC’s National Photonics Skill Standards for Technicians document.