Course 1: Fundamentals of Light and Lasers

OP-TEC Photonics Curriculum Materials

OP-TEC has developed program planning and text/laboratory materials to support education and training for future and current photonics technicians. Please click on the links below to view additional information about our program planning and classroom materials.

Supplemental Math Materials

Mathematics for Photonics Education

Precision Optics Series

Quality Assurance of Precision Optics



Career Pathways for STEM Technicians

NEW! Career Pathways for STEM Technicians

This recently released new book presents a "win-win" solution to two problems that are facing our nation:

  • We don't have enough technicians to support continued technological innovation or to staff the organizations that could improve our country's economic position in the world.
  • We don't have adequate educational opportunities for capable, struggling high school students who need, and deserve, an opportunity to enter a rewarding career.



National Skill Standards


The National Photonics 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 technical 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. Click on the links below to learn more about the skill standards and to view, save and/or print a complimentary copy. Complimentary bound copies are also available upon request.

The National Photonics Skill Standards for Technicians – 3rd Edition

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