Program Description

Students completing the program in Laser Technology will learn the scientific principles of optics, fiber-optics, and lasers. Technicians will be instructed on the processes and equipment incorporating these devices in electronic and electro-optics systems. This training will prepare students to become technicians who work on products or devices in manufacturing, communications, defense, homeland security, medical, information technology, energy, environmental monitoring, lighting, displays, and entertainment. This program will prepare students for entry level employment as a photonics or photonics-related technician.

This curriculum will first present a foundation of electronics curriculum core, which is critical to the success of the student in the optics/laser technology portion of the program and in general in the electro-optic industry. 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 optical and laser technology work force.

Completion of this course of study will provide students with the skills to work as a technician in the optics and laser 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.

A Certificate of Achievement is awarded upon completion of all required courses with a grade of C or better.

Program Outcomes

1. Recognize and describe the purposes of different optical components and systems, including lenses, mirrors, prisms, windows, diffraction gratings, polarizers, waveplates, optical fibers, lasers, LEDs, detectors, cameras, and optoelectronics.
2. Demonstrate effective application of optical devices to generate, manipulate, and/or detect light.
3. Operate safely high-energy, high-voltage laser systems to comply with ANSI and OSHA standards required in industrial laboratory environments.
4. Apply the quality assurance (QA) practices required to inspect optical components to ISO10110 drawing standards and/or military specifications (MIL SPECS), and measure their performance using the industrial tools of an optics fabrication shop.
5. Perform the technical tasks required to characterize of a precision optical system, such as the measurement of a system's transmitted wavefront error or its performance in the creation of high-resolution images.
6. Integrate relevant electronic components into laser optical systems.
7. Communicate technical ideas, procedures, and results with professionals in written, oral or graphic format.


Requirements for the Certificate of Achievement

Required Units: 19

Required Courses

  • LASR 245 - Quality Assurance of Precision Optics (4)
  • LASR 260 - Metrology of Optical Systems (3)
  • LASR 230 - Introduction to Optical Devices (3)
  • LASR 215 - Fundamentals of Light and Lasers (3)
  • ELTN 130 - Introduction to Electronics (3)

Required Electives

  •  ELTN 117 - Introduction to Microcontrollers and Embedded Design (3)
      or  ELTN 131 - Analog Devices and Circuits (3)


Earn an Associate of Science Degree With Your Certificate of Achievement

An AS Degree prepares you with the unique skills needed to enter a specialized career field. Earned in conjunction with a Certificate of Achievement, it will open up further opportunities for career advancement.

To earn your AS degree, you will need to complete the general education requirements for an AS degree in addition to the above listed Certificate of Achievement Requirements.

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