Optics Technology - A.A.S. Degree

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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 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

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Courses for this program

This is a recommended program course sequence for students who wish to complete their associate degree in two years. Part-time students and students starting in the spring or summer semesters can meet with an Advisor to customize their plan.

Code Course Name Credits
Fall - First Year
ENGL101 English Composition I 3
MATH105 Technical Mathematics 3
OPTC101 Fundamentals of Optics I 3
OPTC107 Standards of Optics 3
OPTC112 Measurement and Analysis I 3
Total Semester Credits
15
Spring - First Year
ENGL125 Technical Writing & Communication 3
GTEC000 Technology Gen Ed Requirement* 3
GNED000 General Elective Requirement* 3
OPTC121 Ray Optics 3
TSC000/

OPTC000
Technical Studies Core
OR
Program Option Elective*
3
Total Semester Credits
15
Fall - Second Year
GHMN000

GSOC000
Humanities
OR
Social Science Gen Ed Requirement*
3
TSC000 Technical Core Elective* 3
OPTC140 Conventional Optics Manufacturing I 3
TSC000

OPTC000
Technical Studies Core
OR
Program Option Elective*
3
TSC000

OPTC000
Technical Studies Core
OR
Program Option Elective*
3
Total Semester Credits
15
Spring - Second Year
GNED000 General Elective Requirement* 3
TSC000

OPTC000
Technical Studies Core
OR
Program Option Elective*
3
TSC000

OPTC000
Technical Studies Core
OR
Program Option Elective*
3
TSC000

OPTC000
Technical Studies Core
OR
Program Option Elective*
3
TSC000

OPTC000
Technical Studies Core
OR
Program Option Elective*
3
Total Semester Credits
15
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS
60

 

*General Education & Elective courses: Choose from the list of approved courses in the College Catalog.

Technical Studies Core or Program Electives Courses (Recommended)
Technical Studies credits may be earned for corporate, industrial, or military training programs after review by a faculty assessor of related program. In addition to the recommended courses, individuals without sufficient technical training experience can select courses in one of the programs/options listed below to satisfy the Technical Studies and Program Elective credit requirements.  All courses should be selected with assistance from a faculty advisor.

OPTC210

Measurement and  Analysis II

3

OPTC217

Optics Materials I

3

OPTC225

CNC Optics Manufacturing I

3

OPTC231

Fundamentals of Optics II

3

OPTC240

Conventional Optics Manufacturing II

3

OPTC247

CNC Optics Manufacturing II

3

OPTC255

Advanced Optical Systems

3

Technology General Education courses (Recommended)
Recommended courses listed below but the student can also choose from the list of approved General Education courses in the College catalog.

COMS110

Computer Concepts and Applications

3

Students may choose to first take some developmental courses that are designed to prepare students for the college-level coursework in their academic plan. This may add to the students’ completion time.

The number of credits students take each semester will determine when the student will complete his/her program of study.