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Central Carolina Community College (CCCC), Lillington, North Carolina

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LASER-TEC is the Center for Laser and Fiber Optics Education, founded in 2013 by the National Science Foundation (NSF), and headquartered at Indian River State College in Florida. It was founded to help meet the goals of educating and sourcing domestic talent in the areas of optics and photonics. As a service to students, recent graduates, and prospective employers, Photonics Spectra will run profiles of the 36 LASER-TEC colleges throughout 2020.

CCCC’s Harnett County campus has offered an associate-level degree in laser and photonics technology since 1987. More than 600 technicians have graduated and are working in the laser and photonics industries throughout the U.S. and internationally. Companies that have hired graduates include Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, Coherent, Wasatch Photonics, Cree, Lawrence Livermore National Lab, Mazak, MegaWatt Lasers, B&W Tek, and Duke University.

LASER-TEC is the Center for Laser and Fiber Optics Education, founded in 2013 by the National Science Foundation (NSF), and headquartered at Indian River State College in Florida. It was founded to help meet the goals of educating and sourcing domestic talent in the areas of optics and photonics. As a service to students, recent graduates, and prospective employers, Photonics Spectra will run profiles of the 36 LASER-TEC colleges throughout 2020. <br /> <br />  <b>CCCC&rsquo;s Harnett County</b> <br /> <br /> campus has offered an associate-level degree in laser and photonics technology since 1987. More than 600 technicians have graduated and are working in the laser and photonics industries throughout the U.S. and internationally. Companies that have hired graduates include Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, Coherent, Wasatch Photonics, Cree, Lawrence Livermore National Lab, Mazak, MegaWatt Lasers, B&amp;W Tek, and Duke University. <br /> <br />    <center>image</center> <br> <hr><i>CCCC laser program graduate Jamie Yeatman aligns a high-energy pulse laser at MegaWatt Lasers. Courtesy of LASER-TEC.</i> <hr> <br> <br>       <b>Programs</b> <br /> <br />  <b>Laser and Photonics Technology Associate in Applied Science (AAS)</b> <br /> <br />  <i>     A two-year program with a strong     technical core teaching hands-on training skills in state-of-the-art labs stocked with the latest industrial-grade equipment. </i>  Technicians receive a solid foundation in electronics during the first year. In their second year they learn photonics, geometrical optics, physical optics, fiber optics, and laser technologies. Graduates work as technicians for industrial production companies, in laser research and development, and in national labs, field service, and system repair, among others. <br /> <br />  <b>Skills include learning how to:</b> <br /> <br />  &bull; Troubleshoot integrated photonic systems using microscopes, oscilloscopes, pulse generators, power meters, beam analyzers, spectrometers, or energy measurement devices. <br /> <br />  &bull; Tune Nd:YAG, HeNe, HeCd, argon-krypton, fiber, and CO2 lasers for maximum power and high-quality beam. <br /> <br />  &bull; Construct, analyze, test, measure, troubleshoot, and assist in the design of optical systems. <br /> <br />  &bull; Perform high-quality fusion splicing for single- and multimode fibers. <br /> <br />  &bull; Analyze, configure, test, measure, troubleshoot, and assist in the design of analog, digital, and microcontrol- ler circuits and systems. <br /> <br />  &bull; Properly clean and maintain precision optics. <br /> <br />  &bull; Document procedures such as standard operating procedures. <br /> <br />  &bull; Use computer-based tools to effectively complete technical tasks. <br /> <br />  &bull; Describe requirements for laser safety, the various laser class levels, and protection of the class levels, and be able to calculate and specify safety parameters for laser systems. <br /> <br />  &bull; Use appropriate equipment and tools common to electronic repair, including hand tools, meters, generators, and oscilloscopes. <br /> <br />  &bull; Perform preventive or corrective maintenance on electronics and photonics/laser systems or components. <br /> <br />  &bull; Maintain service records of electronics and photonics/laser systems. <br /> <br />  &bull; Effectively communicate technical ideas, procedures, and results with others in written, oral, and graphical formats. <br /> <br />  &bull; Recognize the need to maintain currency in modern photonics and electronics applications, new products, and systems. <br /> <br />  <b>Certificate</b> <br /> <br />  Electronic Engineering Technology <br /> <br />  <b>How to recruit from this college</b> <br /> <br />  Come to CCCC to present your company and employment opportunities to our students. CCCC will make available, free of charge, a private room to interview interested students. Please contact the person below to make arrangements for a recruiting visit. Graduates are available each December and May. <br /> <br />  <b>Contact Information</b> <br /> <br />  Gary Beasley <br />   +1 910-814-8828 <br />   gbeasley@cccc.edu <br />   1075 E Cornelius Harnett Blvd. <br />   Lillington, NC 27546 <br /> <br />   <b>Program website</b> <br /> <br />  www.cccc.edu/curriculum/majors/lasersphotonics


CCCC laser program graduate Jamie Yeatman aligns a high-energy pulse laser at MegaWatt Lasers. Courtesy of LASER-TEC.

Programs

Laser and Photonics Technology Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

A two-year program with a strong technical core teaching hands-on training skills in state-of-the-art labs stocked with the latest industrial-grade equipment. Technicians receive a solid foundation in electronics during the first year. In their second year they learn photonics, geometrical optics, physical optics, fiber optics, and laser technologies. Graduates work as technicians for industrial production companies, in laser research and development, and in national labs, field service, and system repair, among others.

Skills include learning how to:
  • Troubleshoot integrated photonic systems using microscopes, oscilloscopes, pulse generators, power meters, beam analyzers, spectrometers, or energy measurement devices.

  • Tune Nd:YAG, HeNe, HeCd, argon-krypton, fiber, and CO2 lasers for maximum power and high-quality beam.

  • Construct, analyze, test, measure, troubleshoot, and assist in the design of optical systems.

  • Perform high-quality fusion splicing for single- and multimode fibers.

  • Analyze, configure, test, measure, troubleshoot, and assist in the design of analog, digital, and microcontroller circuits and systems.

  • Properly clean and maintain precision optics.

  • Document procedures such as standard operating procedures.

  • Use computer-based tools to effectively complete technical tasks.

  • Describe requirements for laser safety, the various laser class levels, and protection of the class levels, and be able to calculate and specify safety parameters for laser systems.

  • Use appropriate equipment and tools common to electronic repair, including hand tools, meters, generators, and oscilloscopes.

  • Perform preventive or corrective maintenance on electronics and photonics/laser systems or components.

  • Maintain service records of electronics and photonics/laser systems.

  • Effectively communicate technical ideas, procedures, and results with others in written, oral, and graphical formats.

  • Recognize the need to maintain currency in modern photonics and electronics applications, new products, and systems.

Certificate

Electronic Engineering Technology

How to recruit from this college

Come to CCCC to present your company and employment opportunities to our students. CCCC will make available, free of charge, a private room to interview interested students. Please contact the person below to make arrangements for a recruiting visit. Graduates are available each December and May.

Contact Information

Gary Beasley
+1 910-814-8828
[email protected]
1075 E Cornelius Harnett Blvd.
Lillington, NC 27546

Program website

www.cccc.edu/curriculum/majors/lasersphotonics

Photonics Spectra
Feb 2020
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