OP-TEC Photonics Curriculum Materials
OP-TEC has developed program planning guides and hands-on teaching materials to support education and training for future and current photonics technicians. Please click on the series titles below to view additional information about our program planning and classroom materials.
Course 1, Fundamentals of Light and Lasers, is an introductory study of photonics written for AAS/AS photonics students, for high school dual credit students, and employed technicians.
Course 2, Laser Systems and Applications, is a two-semester course that applies the principles presented in Course 1, describes measurement of laser output characteristics, pulsing techniques, second harmonic generation, and detailed studies of six different types of laser systems.
Integrated Photonics is a five-module course that provides an overview of the technology, device characteristics, fabrication techniques and equipment, and applications in high-speed computing, telecommunications, biomedicine, and other fields.
Quality Assurance of Precision Optics and Metrology of Optical Systems can be infused into OP-TEC’s Photonics Systems Technician curriculum to prepare technicians to measure the quality of precision optics and integrate them into laser and other electro-optics systems. A full Precision Optics Technician AAS degree curriculum can be built on a manufacturing technology core to prepare technicians who can fabricate precision optics components as well as measure and integrate them.
Program planning and infusion materials are publications for high school and community/technical college planners (technical program chairs, deans and faculty) to enable them to determine whether and how to include photonics education in existing programs.
The National Photonics Skill Standards for Technicians and The National Precision Optics Skill Standards for Technicians represents the consensus of a broad cross-section of U.S. employers regarding the technicians and workplace skills required of photonics technicians and precision optics technicians. They are designed to give educators and employer-advisory committees a solid foundation for generating courses and programs that will enable two-year colleges (and their feeder high schools) to produce globally competitive workers.
Career Pathways for STEM Technicians is a book offering a practical solution to America’s technicians shortage in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.
Career Pathways for STEM Technicians Written and Compiled by Dan Hull