Community College Listing
Community colleges worldwide are educating and training the workforce of tomorrow in such fields as photonics, optics, fiber optics, lasers, electro-optics and more. Below is a partial listing of these schools.
Photonics and Laser Technology Program
The Photonics and Laser Technology associate’s degree program is designed to meet real-world needs. Classroom studies are combined with hands-on training in a state-of-the-art lab, where students learn to build, test, modify, install, operate, calibrate, maintain and repair laser and electro-optic devices. Graduates are fully prepared to work as photonics technicians in any one of a number of industries, including aerospace, agriculture, chemical, communications, lighting, construction, medicine and manufacturing.
Camden County College
Photonics Department/Lasers, Electro-Optics and Fiber Optics Technology
The school’s programs provide state-of-the-art training in laser/electro-optics and fiber optics technology. These programs offer students career opportunities in electro-optics, laser and telecommunications areas. The laser/electro-optic technology program offers technical theory, expert knowledge of different laser systems and safety regulations, and hands-on experience to prepare students for careers in research, manufacturing and testing of laser/optic equipment, among others. The fiber optics program provides hands-on training, and technical theory covering aspects of optical waveguides, fiber optic sensors, and accompanying measurement and other equipment.
Central Carolina Community College
Engineering Department/Laser and Photonics Technology
Central Carolina offers an associate’s degree in applied science, focusing on laser and photonics technology. This program includes instruction on understanding the application of electronic, fiber optic, photonic and laser principles. An emphasis on hands-on learning prepares students for real-world projects and practical applications.
Cincinnati State Technical and Community College
Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology: Laser Major (EMETL)
The EMETL program prepares graduates to successfully begin careers and advance professionally in local and national industries that utilize lasers and electro-optic systems. Students work with laser materials processing systems, and operate and troubleshoot optical systems such as lasers, lens systems and fiber optics. Graduates can support industrial equipment in automated manufacturing and research environments, and are also prepared to pursue a bachelor’s degree in electro-mechanical engineering or related fields.
College of Lake County
Laser, Photonics and Optics Program
This program offers associate’s degrees in applied science, as well as three certificate options, all to prepare students for positions as photonics technicians installing and troubleshooting lasers, optical systems, fiber optic devices, telecommunications equipment, photonics manufacturing equipment, simple control systems and more. Courses cover the fundamentals of light, lasers, photonics and laser applications, among others.
Idaho State University
Students in robotics and communication systems engineering technology programs are educated and trained for careers as electronic systems technicians; such positions could include conducting research and making repairs, as well as software development, semiconductor testing, lasers and optics, national defense and telecommunications. Degree options and certificate programs include Robotics and Communication Systems Engineering and Laser/Electro-Optics Technology Advanced Technical Certificate.
Indian Hills Community College
Advanced Technology Center
The laser and optics technology program features electronic technician courses and training, offering the skills necessary to begin a career in the lasers field. Students spend nearly half of their time in these programs in the lab, working with industrial laser systems. Upon graduating, they are prepared for careers in engineering support, technical sales, manufacturing and maintenance.
Indian River State College
Fort Pierce, Fla.
Photonics-related programs here offer degrees in Electronics Engineering Technology (with specialization in lasers and fiber optics). Several certificate programs are available, as well, in lasers and photonics, and solar energy.
Irvine Valley College
School of Physical Sciences and Technologies
New courses developed and taught at Irvine Valley College are based on the industry-guided photonics curricula written by the National Center for Optics and Photonics Education (OP-TEC). Programs provide hands-on, laboratory-driven classes utilizing state-of-the-art industrial equipment. And now, the school’s Photonics Initiative Team is collaborating with regional companies that manufacture advanced photonics devices or use photonics in engineering applications that range from laser surgery to homeland security. This initiative is designed to create a career path to employment via internships and industry-guided coursework.
Lake Washington Institute of Technology
The school offers programs in electronics technology through advanced electronics principles and applications. Graduates are able to utilize the skills learned in these programs to enter into either the electronics manufacturing industry as assemblers,
inspectors, managers and testers, or into any high-tech industry.
Minnesota State College Southeast
The Minnesota State College Southeast offers programs in electronics technology, which provide students with a broad spectrum of
career opportunities; 50 percent of the classwork is hands-on. All instructors stay up-to-date in the electronics field and current technology is implemented in the curriculum.
Monroe Community College
The optical systems technology associate’s degree provides a direct path to employment in the high-tech optics industry. This program is offered in collaboration with the Corning Incorporated Foundation, which supports STEM education programs. MCC’s optical systems degree provides the advanced training for the optical systems workforce. In these programs, students gain practical, hands-on experience with state-of-the-art optical systems used in the industry.
Welland, Ontario, Canada
The Niagara College photonics engineering technology program touts the largest photonics training labs in Canada, in addition to dedicated photonic and microelectronic labs, and a teaching clean-room facility. Students learn skills in laser, optical, electro-optical and vacuum technologies.
North Central State College
The Industrial Technology Integrated Engineering program readies students to diagnose and repair industrial equipment problems using proper technical assessment skills, as well as core mechanical and electrical skills. The program provides students with a base knowledge in advanced skills such as programmable logic controllers (PLC), mechanical drive systems, hydraulic/pneumatic systems, electronics and digital applications, robotics and process control.
Northwestern Michigan College
Traverse City, Mich.
Northwestern Michigan College offers an engineering technology degree, which features a broad-based curriculum across all areas of technical education. This prepares graduates for emerging job markets and highly technical fields. The degree program is designed for students to focus on areas of interest or specialize in one of seven technical concentrations — automation and robotics, computers, electronics, marine, photonics, unmanned aerial systems, and unmanned ground vehicles.
Pima Community College
The engineering program at the school offers an associate’s degree, with an optical engineering concentration.
Puerto Rico Photonics Institute
Universidad Metropolitana School of Environmental Affairs
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico Photonics Institute prepares students for work in optics and lasers in industries of high demand such as aerospace, medical devices, nanotechnology, manufacturing, communications and biotechnology.
Quinsigamond Community College
The Photonics Option in Electronics Engineering Technology program prepares students for careers as photonics technicians and/or electronics technicians with photonics experience. Photonics technicians build, test, troubleshoot and maintain systems involving lasers, fiber optics and other electro-optical components. The program also helps students build a foundation of knowledge that forms the basis for further study in electronics and photonics.
San Jose City College
Laser Technology Department
San Jose, Calif.
The laser technology program at San Jose City College ensures that students learn what employers need. Upon graduation, they are prepared for careers in labs and manufacturing firms in a variety of industries.
Springfield Technical Community College
Laser Electro-Optics Technology Department (LEOT)
The LEOT program is designed to provide students with a solid working knowledge in a broad range of photonics areas including laser systems, electronics, optics, electro-optics and fiber optics. Classroom lectures are supplemented with extensive hands-on laboratory experience and real-world activities designed to develop and enhance students’ problem-solving and critical thinking skills. Graduates of this program work in a wide variety of companies involved in making lasers, integrating lasers into other products and systems, and conducting research and development on next-generation laser-based applications.
State Technical College of Missouri
Electronics Engineering Technology Department
The Electronics Engineering Technology program prepares graduates to fill diverse roles in building and maintaining the electronic circuits that drive our modern-day existence. This hands-on program includes projects such as engineering and building computers. Its broad curriculum teaches the principles of electricity, digital communications and industrial electronics. Students can also earn industry-recognized certifications from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.
Texas State Technical College
In the college’s state-of-the-art cleanroom and equipment facility, students receive hands-on training on vacuum systems, electronic support systems, lasers and optics, semiconductors and more. They leave the school prepared for careers in industries such as manufacturing, biomedicine and health care, communications, engineering, information technology, semiconductor manufacturing and fiber optics, and at agencies including NASA and the U.S. Department of Defense.
Three Rivers Community College
The school offers associate’s degree and certificate programs in lasers and fiber optics technology, and students receive practical, hands-on training.
University of Hawaii
Electronic & Computer Engineering Technology (ECET)
An Electronics Engineering Technology associate’s degree prepares students for specialized careers in electronics. The program transforms students into highly skilled technicians capable of assisting in the design, production, operation and servicing of electronics, lasers and photonics; robotics and mechatronics; and telecommunication and wireless systems.
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