Photonics technicians and apprentices are professionals who support research labs, industry and manufacturing with fiber optics materials, lasers, and other types of equipment within many photonics and optics trades, from telecommunications and digital circuitry to medical devices and healthcare. Photonics technicians are typically required to complete certificate, associate degree program or hands-on trade programs in photonics to prepare to enter this career field. There are several institutions worldwide that offer certificate programs and schooling.
LASER-TEC - Center for Laser & Fiber Optics Education
Founded by the National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education Program, LASER-TEC’s mission is to maintain and provide open access for a broad range of services and materials to secondary, post-secondary, and industrial application training programs in support of a laser, optics, photonics, and fiber optics technical workforce.
LASER-TEC offers and develops Professional Development Courses, Textbooks, Lab Kits and Manuals, Educational Modules, Open-Source Course Materials, Posters and more.
Award Skills Development & Education
Recognize an educator, instructor and/or practitioner who conducts technician and technical skills trainings within the Society’s field of interests.
As a founding partner of the National Photonics Initiative, the IEEE Photonics Society supports the efforts of “American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics” (AIM Photonics). AIM Photonics’ mission is to advance integrated photonic circuit manufacturing technology development in the United States. To achieve this, the Institute provides access to state-of-the-art integrated photonics fabrication, packaging, and testing facilities and services to industry, academia, and government.
AIM Photonics offers the following Workforce Development educational programs: