The National Precision Optics Skill Standards for Technicians, 2nd Edition (OP-TEC/UCF, 2013)
The National Precision Optics Skill Standards for Technicians represent the consensus of a broad cross-section of U.S. employers regarding the technical and workplace skills required of 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.
Precision optics technicians produce, test, and handle optical components that are used in lasers and sophisticated electro-optical systems for defense, homeland security, aerospace, biomedical equipment, digital displays, alternate energy production, and nanotechnology. They also integrate precision optical components into electro-optical systems and maintain electro-optical systems.
Skill standards are employer-driven statements of expectation as to what workers should know and be able to do on the job. Skill standards are employers’ “specifications.” They are the primary means by which employers communicate to educators their (the employers’) requirements regarding the content of the courses and programs that will produce their future employees. Skill standards are necessary to ensure that technicians are well prepared for the challenges that await them in today’s high-tech, globally engaged workplace.
The National Precision Optics Skill Standards for Technicians were developed by OP-TEC and subject matter experts, reviewed and edited by industry professionals, and approved by leaders from several corporations that employ precision optics technicians. The standards have been endorsed by the American Precision Optics Manufacturers Association (APOMA), Colorado Photonics Industry Association, Florida Photonics Cluster, New Mexico Optics Industry Association, and the Rochester (New York) Regional Photonics Cluster.
The OP-TEC staff invites you to review the standards and welcomes your recommendations for their improvement.
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Interested in skill standards for photonics-enabled technologies?
Click here to access information on The National Photonics Skill Standards for Technicians, 3rd Edition (CORD, 2008). These standards are also available for free download and cover six photonics-enabled technologies including: communication, lighting and illumination, medicine, manufacturing, optoelectronics, and imaging and remote sensing.