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Industry Demand Report

A national survey of U.S. employers, conducted at the University of North Texas Survey Research Center, has identified more than 1,500 current jobs for photonics techs that need to be filled this year. This need will increase by 4,100 more new jobs over the next five years. Employers polled for this study in early 2012 said that jobs for photonics techs were available and not being filled. The average starting salary exceeds $41,000.

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Professional Societies

OP-TEC collaborates with multiple optics and photonics-related professional and technical society partners throughout the nation.

These partners provide OP‑TEC valuable support in many areas.

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Photonics Job Listings



Technician Education

OP‑TEC is currently seeking colleges and employers interested in providing employed technicians a hybrid, online course in optics and laser fundamentals. This course provides a foundation for developing a basic understanding of the use of optics and photonics and will enhance the skills of technicians already employed in photonics-related industries.

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Events & Conferences

American Association of Community Colleges Annual Convention 2017
New Orleans Ernest M. Morial Convention Center on 04/22/2017 - 04/25/2017 All Day
ASEE Annual Conference 2017
Columbus Convention Center on 06/25/2017 - 06/28/2017 All Day
HI-TEC 2017
The Grand America Hotel on 07/17/2017 - 07/20/2017 All Day
SPIE Optifab
Rochester Riverside Convention Center on 10/16/2017 - 10/19/2017 All Day
National Coalition of Advanced Technology Centers (NCATC) Fall Conference 2017
Portland Community College on 10/19/2017 - 10/20/2017 All Day
ATE PI Conference 2017
Omni Shoreham on 10/23/2017 - 10/25/2017 All Day
National Career Pathways Network (NCPN) Annual Conference
Hyatt Regency at the Arch on 10/26/2017 - 10/27/2017 All Day
Midwest Photonics Education Center

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

Laser and Fiber Optics Regional Education Center

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

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
Specialization: Photonics in Opto-Electronics / Nano-Technology

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Arizona Optics Industry Association

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

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