OP-TEC Photonics Curriculum Materials
OP-TEC has developed program planning guides and hands-on teaching materials to support education and training for future and current photonics technicians. Please click on the series titles below to view additional information about our program planning and classroom materials.
Course 1, Fundamentals of Light and Lasers, is an introductory study of photonics written for AAS/AS photonics students, for high school dual credit students, and employed technicians.
Course 1, Fundamentals of Light and Lasers eTextbook - PDF Adobe Digital Editions Version
Course 1, Fundamentals of Light and Lasers eTextbook - Apple iBooks
Course 2, Laser Systems and Applications, is a two-semester course that applies the principles presented in Course 1, describes measurement of laser output characteristics, pulsing techniques, second harmonic generation, and detailed studies of six different types of laser systems.
Quality Assurance of Precision Optics (QAPO) and Metrology of Optical Systems can be infused into OP-TEC’s Photonics Systems Technician curriculum to prepare technicians to measure the quality of precision optics and integrate them into laser and other electro-optics systems. The full AAS degree Precision Optics Technician curriculum is built on a manufacturing technology core, and prepares technicians who can not only perform the tasks described earlier, but also fabricate precision optics components. The fabrication courses are to be developed in 2016.
Program Planning Guides are manuals for community/technical college planners (technical program chairs, deans and faculty) to enable them to determine whether and how to include photonics education in existing programs. Each guide addresses the following topics:
- Strategies for implementation
- Course designs
- Available student and instructor materials
- Lab and equipment overview
- Criteria for selecting faculty/training
- Recruitment strategies
The National Photonics Skill Standards for Technicians and The National Precision Optics Skill Standards for Technicians represents the consensus of a broad cross-section of U.S. employers regarding the technicians and workplace skills required of photonics technicians and precision optics technicians. They are designed to give educators and employer-advisory committees a solid foundation for generating courses and programs that will enable two-year colleges (and their feeder high schools) to produce globally competitive workers.
Essentials Mathematics for Engineering Technicians eTextbook - PDF Adobe Digital Editions Version
Essentials Mathematics for Engineering Technicians eTextbook - Apple iBooks Version
Career Pathways for STEM Technicians is a book offering a practical solution to America’s technicians shortage in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.
Career Pathways for STEM Technicians Written and Compiled by Dan Hull