Silicon Photonics Technician Skill Standards Survey for Industry

Silicon Photonics Technician Skill Standards Survey for Industry

The National Center for Optics and Photonics Education (OP‑TEC,  op-tec.org) has been directed by the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education program to support the technician workforce development initiatives of the national Integrated Photonics Manufacturing Initiative (IPMI).

As part of this work, OP‑TEC’s Principal Investigator, Dan Hull, has been asked to identify strategies and provide needed resources for Silicon Photonics (SiP) Workforce Development Skill Standards. Skill Standards are used to document the skills, knowledge and performance standards that employers require in their workers, and to communicate the information to education and training providers, such as community and technical colleges. Community and technical colleges can then use the skill standards to develop curricula and course content that meets the needs that employers have identified.

OP‑TEC has initially identified two types of Silicon Photonics Technicians, 1) Wafer Fab Equipment Technicians, and 2) Integrated Photonics Test and Assembly Technicians. We are currently focused on the Test and Assembly Technicians, and have developed a draft set of Skill Standards that list 10 Critical Work Functions and Tasks that have been identified for IP Test and Assembly Technicians

IP Test and Assembly technicians typically have two-year degrees from community colleges and are responsible for the operation and maintenance of equipment used to test wafers, as well as interpreting the results of the tests. Some of these technicians may also be responsible for the assembly and packaging of photonic integrated circuits (PICs) while others are responsible for the operation and maintenance of equipment to test the PICs, as well as interpreting the results of those tests. These technicians also should have an understanding of failure analysis and reliability to aid in diagnosing failed parts and systems. They work in a clean environment, where personal equipment and clothing are designed to help control the level of contamination within the environment.

For more information about the Skill Standards and the OP-TEC Integrated Photonics Textbook see: Webinar on Preparing and Educating Technicians for Integrated Photonics Manufacturing

We are asking employers to complete a brief survey to finalize the skill standards validation process for Integrated Photonics Test and Assembly Technicians.

Take the Survey

Thank you for supporting community college based technician education.

Gordon F Snyder
snyder@op-tec.org
413-539-8900

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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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

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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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