The National Skill Standards for Photonics Systems Technicians
© OP-TEC 2017
The National Skill Standards for Photonics Systems Technicians are intended to define the basic knowledge and skills of technicians who may work in any specific photonics application, such as fiber-optic communications, manufacturing/materials processing, defense/aerospace, medical equipment, university research labs, energy/environmental, integrated photonics, etc.
The Skill Standards are composed of three elements:
- A broad job description of a Photonics Systems Technician
- Seven Critical Work Functions with Specific Work Assignments under each Critical Work Function
- Soft Skills, or “Employability Skills”
The Critical Work Functions and specific work assignments provide the information that is needed to identify the technical content and competencies for designing and developing the photonics specialty courses. The required math, science, communications and related technologies are determined from the photonics technical specialty courses.
Specific, in-depth knowledge and skills for technicians working in one or more photonics applications may require additional coursework or on-the-job training. Colleges serving employers with a concentration in one of the application areas are encouraged to provide the National Skill Standards for Photonics Systems Technicians to their employer advisory committee and solicit recommendations for additions or modifications to their curriculum plan.
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Interested in skill standards for Precision Optics Technicians?
Click here to access information on The National Precision Optics Skill Standards for Technicians (OP-TEC/UCF, 2013).
These skill standards are written specifically for precision optics technicians and are also available for free download.