Curriculum Materials

Photonics (Light, Lasers and Optics) curriculum / teaching resources are available. Course 1 Fundamentals of Light and Lasers eTextbook and Essential Mathematics for Engineering Technicians eTextbook is available

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.

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Laser, Optics, and Photonics Series

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 1, Fundamentals of Light and Lasers

Course 1, Fundamentals of Light and Lasers eTextbook - PDF Adobe Digital Editions Version

Course 1, Fundamentals of Light and Lasers eTextbook - Apple iBooks

Photonics Systems Technician Curriculum Guide

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.

Course 2, Laser Systems and Applications

Modules in Photonics Enabled Technologies

Course 1 Videos (Concept Mini-Tutorials, Lab Activities, Mathematics for Photonics)

Course 2 Videos (Concept Mini-Tutorials, Lab Activities)

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Precision Optics Series

Quality Assurance of Precision Optics (QAPO) 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. The full AAS degree Precision Optics Technician curriculum is built on a manufacturing technology core, and prepares technicians who can not only perform the tasks described earlier, but also fabricate precision optics components. The fabrication courses are to be developed in 2016.

Quality Assurance of Precision Optics

Metrology of Optical Systems

Precision Optics Lab Videos

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Program Planning Guides

Program Planning Guides are manuals for 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. Each guide addresses the following topics:

  • Strategies for implementation
  • Course designs
  • Available student and instructor materials
  • Lab and equipment overview
  • Criteria for selecting faculty/training
  • Recruitment strategies

Photonics Systems Technician Curriculum Guide

High School Photonics Lab Manual

High School Program Planning Guide

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Skill Standards for Technicians

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.

The National Photonics Skill Standards for Technicians -3rd Edition

The National Precision Optics Skill Standards for Technicians -2nd Edition

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Career Pathways for STEM Technicians

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

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Midwest Photonics Education Center

Indian Hills Community College
626 Indian Hills Drive
Ottumwa, Iowa 52501
Mr. Greg Kepner
Director
Office: 641-683-5284
E-mail: greg.kepner@indianhills.edu
Website: http://www.midwestphotonics.org
Specialization: Photonics in Manufacturing

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Laser and Fiber Optics Regional Education Center

Indian River State College
3209 Virginia Avenue
Fort Pierce, FL 34981
Dr. Chrys Panayiotou
Director
Office: 772-462-7621
E-mail: cpanayio@irsc.edu
Website: http://www.laser-tec.org
Specialization: Fiber Optics

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Texas State Technical College

3801 Campus Drive
Waco, Texas 76705
Mr. John O. Pedrotti
Department Chair, Lasers & Nanotechnology
Office: 254-867-3173
E-mail: john.pedrotti@tstc.edu
Website:http://www.tstc.edu/programs/LaserElectroOpticsTechnology
Specialization: Photonics in Opto-Electronics / Nano-Technology

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Irvine Valley College / Advanced Technology and Education Park (IVC / ATEP)

15445 Lansdowne Road
Tustin, California 92782
Brian Monacelli
Office: 949-282-2706
E-mail: IVCphotonics@IVC.edu
Website: http://academics.ivc.edu/physci/photonics
Specialization: Photonics in Education/Training for Employed Technicians

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Camden County College

200 College Drive
Blackwood, New Jersey 08012
Dr. Fred Seeber
Professor Emeritus, Physics and Photonics
Office: 856-227-7200 (ext. 4475)
E-mail: fseeber@camdencc.edu
Website:http://www.camdencc.edu/academics/departments/photonics-laser-electro-optic-tech/

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New York Photonics

Rochester Regional Photonics Cluster
Thomas Battley, Executive Director
1565 Jefferson Rd, #420
Rochester, New York 14623
Phone: 585-329-4029
E-mail: tbattley@newyorkphotonics.org
Website – New York Photonics: www.newyorkphotonics.org

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New Mexico Optics Industry Association

Jim McNalley, Chairman
851 University Blvd., SE
Suite 203
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87106
Phone: 505-767-1200
E-mail: info@nmoia.org
Website: www.nmoptics.com

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Florida Photonics Cluster

Florida Photonics Cluster
James E. Pearson, Executive Director
12424 Research Parkway, Ste. 100
Orlando, Florida 32826
E-mail: jpearson@creol.ucf.edu
Website: www.floridaphotonicscluster.org

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Colorado Photonics Industry Association

Garry Gorsuch, Director
5733 Central Ave.
Boulder, Colorado 80301
Phone: 303-834-1022
E-mail: exec@coloradophotonics.org
Website: www.coloradophotonics.org

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Carolinas Photonics Consortium

Jeff Conley, Director
1754 Woodruff Rd., Ste. 101
Greenville, South Carolina 29607
Phone: 864-325-4700
E-mail: jcon@charter.net
Website: www.carolinasphotonics.com

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Arizona Optics Industry Association

Bob Breault
P.O. Box 30205
Tucson, Arizona 85751
E-mail: bbreault@breault.com
Website: www.aoia.org

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Indian Hills Community College

626 Indian Hills Drive
Ottumwa, Iowa 52501
Mr. Greg Kepner
Department Chair, Industrial Technology
Office: 641-683-5284
E-mail: gkepner@indianhills.edu
Website: http://www.indianhills.edu/courses/tech/laser.html
Specialization: Photonics in Manufacturing

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