Employed Technician Training

Optics and Photonics Education and Training for Employed Technicians

Hybrid, Online Courses in Optics & Laser Fundamentals


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. This course also provides technicians retraining into these industries, a quicker path for becoming fully work ready. Through this course, technicians will rapidly and effectively gain the skills necessary to work with processes and equipment that are enabled by photonics.

Course Content:

This online course will present the following content: the basic properties of light, the techniques for properly and safely handling optical equipment and lasers, the fundamental principles of geometric and wave optics, and an overview of how lasers operate.


Laboratories can be taught at the OP-TEC Partner College facilities. Schedules for conducting labs can be coordinated with employers to provide maximum educational benefit while meeting workplace demands.

Course Duration:

The online portion of this course can be taught in either a highly condensed format (3 weeks at 16 hours/week) or over more extended periods as determined by employers and their employee time compensation policies. Also, the course can be customized to present just that content deemed by employers as most important to their technicians. Such customization will reduce the amount of time needed for both the online and laboratory components. OP-TEC will be able to provide time estimates based on the customization desired.

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Next Steps:

If you are an employer interested in providing hybrid, online courses to your employees or you are a college interested in offering these online courses, please contact us. We will follow up with you to determine your training needs and how we can best serve you.

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

Optics Valley

c/o Arizona Technology Council
John Dennis, Chair
9070 South Rita Road, #1550
Tucson, AZ 85747
E-mail: Chair@OpticsValleyAZ.org
Website: www.OpticsValleyAZ.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