Optics Technology Option– A.A.S. Degree

Turn your passion into a career!

Optics and photonics have become leading fields that encompass all aspects of our lives. From medicine, to defense, to communications, the Optics Technology profession provides a wide variety of career paths.

Program Information

The A.A.S Optics Technology program gives students an opportunity to gain knowledge and skills in the field of optical manufacturing, and complete integrated general education courses needed for the industry. Students will develop advanced skills in the comprehension of technical drawings, material handling, conventional grinding and polishing, optomechanical assembly, metrology, and quality control. Additionally, students receive training in programming, setting up and operating CNC grinding and polishing machines. Upon completing this A.A.S. degree program, students will have the necessary skills to become employed, as a technician, in the optics industry. Career opportunities also exist in quality control, optical coating, laser fabrication, fiber optics, and precision assemblies.

The objectives of this program are to:

  • Employ safety skills in an industrial setting.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills in conventional and CNC manufacturing of optics.
  • Produce parts to meet technical drawing requirements required in both conventional and computer numerical controlled machines.
  • Apply skills in metrology for the purpose of first article inspection reports.
  • Perform setup procedures on a computer numerical controlled (CNC) grinding and polishing systems.
  • Exhibit professionalism and ethical work practices.
  • Perform assembly of multiple optical elements.
  • Apply proper handling and cleaning skills of various optical elements.
  • Utilize Military and ISO specifications to execute an inspection plan

Thank you for choosing Sussex County Community College as the place to begin your education. We pride ourselves on giving you the individualized attention you need to be successful.

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