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Indian River State College (IRSC)

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Fort Pierce, Florida

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.

IRSC photonics program students set up an interferometer. Courtesy of LASER-TEC.

IRSC photonics program students set up an interferometer. Courtesy of LASER-TEC.

For more than 15 years, IRSC has offered associate-level degree and certificate programs in lasers, photonics, fiber optics, and solar energy. More than 350 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, AT&T, Gooch & Housego, Jenoptik, Laser Components, Rockwell Collins, and L3Harris.


Photonics and Robotics Associate in Science (AS)

Two-year program with 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, automation, and robotics during the first year. In their second year, they learn photonics, fiber optics, geometrical optics, laser technologies, and photovoltaic systems. Graduates of this program work as technicians for industrial production companies in 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, and CO2 lasers for maximum power and high-quality beam.

• Align optical systems.

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

• Use an OTDR (optical time-domain reflectometer) to identify problems in fiber optic links.

• Properly clean and maintain precision optics.

• Use optical source and meter to measure the attenuation of optical links.

• Document procedures such as calibration of optical or fiber optic equipment.

• Apply laser safety rules according to ANSI and OSHA standards.

• Compute or record photonic test data.

• Troubleshoot robotic systems, using knowledge of programmable controllers, electronics, circuit analysis, mechanics, sensor or feedback systems, hydraulics, or pneumatics.

• Disassemble and reassemble robots or peripheral equipment to make repairs such as replacement of defective circuit boards, sensors, controllers, encoders, and servomotors.

• Perform preventive or corrective maintenance on robotic systems or components.

• Maintain service records of robotic equipment or automated production systems.

• Install, program, or repair programmable logic controllers (PLCs), robot controllers, end-of-arm tools, or conveyors.

• Program PLCs using ladder logic.

• Program SCADA systems and HMI interfaces.


4-, 6-, or 8-month duration Lasers & Photonics

Solar Energy
Robotics and Simulation
Basic Electronics
Electronic Technology

How to recruit from this college:

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

Contact Information:

Mo Hasanovic
[email protected]
3209 Virginia Ave., Fort Pierce, FL 34981

Program websites:

Photonics Spectra
Jan 2020
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