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Photonics Technicians

Also called: Coating Manager, Engineering Technician (Engineering Tech), Laser Technician, Photonics Technician

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What they do:
Build, install, test, or maintain optical or fiber optic equipment, such as lasers, lenses, or mirrors, using spectrometers, interferometers, or related equipment.
On the job, you would:
  • Maintain clean working environments, according to clean room standards.
  • Compute or record photonic test data.
  • Adjust or maintain equipment, such as lasers, laser systems, microscopes, oscilloscopes, pulse generators, power meters, beam analyzers, or energy measurement devices.


Engineering and Technology
  • product and service development
  • computers and electronics
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
  • physics
Arts and Humanities
  • English language


Basic Skills
  • reading work related information
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it


  • communicate by writing
  • listen and understand what people say
Hand and Finger Use
  • put together small parts with your fingers
  • hold or move items with your hands
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • order or arrange things


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Integrity
  • Cooperation
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Initiative


You might use software like this on the job:

Analytical or scientific software
  • Data acquisition software
  • Statistical analysis software
Computer aided design CAD software
  • ZEMAX Optical Design Program
Graphics or photo imaging software
  • Image processing software


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