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Optics Technology Certificate

Offered at: Boulder County

Are you interested in becoming an optics technician? Front Range Community College offers an Optics Technology Certificate, which will prepare you for a unique career in the optical technology field. Our optics technician training can be completed in just two semesters. In this optics program, you’ll receive an overview of the fundamentals of optics systems, equipment and electronic instruments.

Optics Technology

29 credits
(2 semesters)

This certificate prepares students for entry-level positions in the optics manufacturing industry. You will learn about optical engineering drawings/prints, lean manufacturing, statistical process control, and geometric dimensioning and tolerancing for optics. You will focus on the unique practices and toolsets within each, as well as prepare for working in laboratory and cleanroom environments. After completion of this certificate, you'll acquire an understanding of thin film optical coatings and fiber optics

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Offered at Boulder County Campus only.

What You Will Learn

Upon completion of this program students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the nature and properties of light, lasers and basic geometrical optics.
  2. Demonstrate safe and proper handling and operation of lab and optics fabrication and test equipment.
  3. Use tools and techniques to measure optical systems and parameters, collect, organize, interpret data, and draw proper conclusions.
  4. Define the documentation of design intent using prints and the interpretation of tolerancing symbols.
  5. Apply written and verbal communication skills to effectively execute work instructions and report information.
  6. Understand, build and learn about electrical and electronic instrumentation as they apply to optical and photonic systems.
  7. Define and demonstrate optics and thin film coating manufacturing, fabrication, quality testing, and troubleshooting techniques and explain how efficient manufacturing processes affect optics manufacturing.

Optics Technician Salaries

Jobs Entry Average Experienced
Non-Destructive Testing Specialist $41,624
Electronics Engineering Technician $51,552
Photonics Technician $41,624
Colorado Dept. of Labor & Employment (2017)

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