Jul 02, 2022
Program Admission Dates: Fall
The Laser and Optical Technology AAS-T degree provides students an extensive background in photonics technologies, including optics, lasers, fiber-optics, and other electro-optical devices. General education, electronics, photonics, and specialty courses prepare students to meet the growing need for laser and optical system technicians. The program also includes preparation for and completion of industry and related certifications, including the American Society for Quality (ASQ) Certified Quality Technician (CQT) and Electronics Technician Association (ETA) Photonics, Precision Optics, and Fiber Optics and Data Cabling Certifications. The certifications are embedded throughout the program, beginning with the first quarter. The course curricula are based on the OP-TEC National Center of Optics and Photonics skill standards.
Laser and Optical Technology AAS-T degree graduates will:
- be prepared to obtain an entry-level position in the field
- apply knowledge and skills related to how optics, lasers, photonic devices, electronics, controls, optomechanical devices, and electromechanical devices operate and interface with the equipment, applications, or systems in which they are embedded
- measure characteristics of passive optical components, as well as their support and manipulating equipment
- perform accurate optical alignments, testing, installation, maintenance, and operations for optical and photonics systems
- measure output characteristics of lasers and other light sources
- operate, calibrate, and maintain lasers and light-emitting and other photonic devices
- integrate photonic devices or subsystems into larger systems and ensure their proper operation within prescribed industrial/manufacturing specifications with proper safety considerations
- maintain a clean lab environment and follow established safety rules and regulations
- solve problems using the scientific method
- establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others involved in the processing and fabrication of materials and parts
- present technical information clearly and concisely in written and oral form
- apply knowledge and skills in project management, leadership, career planning, and goal setting
- be prepared to successfully complete several industry-recognized certifications exams in the field
- demonstrate critical thinking, teamwork, communication, intercultural appreciation, and. information literacy skills
- meet Social Science, Humanities, Written Communication, and Quantitative Reasoning distribution area outcomes
Lake Washington Institute of Technology does not offer every course each quarter. It is the student’s responsibility to consult the Class Schedule and work out an individual schedule with an advisor. Any developmental coursework a student may be required to complete may increase the program length.
Recommended Course Sequence
The courses listed below are a suggested sequence; as long as prerequisites are met, courses may be taken in a different order.
Technical Elective - 3-4 Credits
Select one of the following courses.
General Education Requirements - 25 Credits
Diversity and Social Justice Requirement
Within the degree requirements, students must complete a 3-5 credit course that meets the college’s Diversity and Social Justice (DSJ) requirement. DSJ courses are designated in the college schedule and are designed to meet other general education or technical requirements simultaneous to meeting the DSJ requirement (e.g., ENGL& 101D meets both the ENGL& 101 requirement and the DSJ requirement).
Visit the DSJ requirement webpage to view the current list of general education and technical courses that meet the requirement.
Total Program Credits: 91-92