Optical Systems Technology

Get elite optical technologies training, and qualify for great jobs in a high-tech industry.

The optical system technology associate degree provides you with a direct path to employment in the exciting high-tech optics industry. Monroe Community College offers this unique opportunity in collaboration with the Corning Incorporated Foundation, which supports the best science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education programs.

Our optical systems associate degree provides you with the advanced training you need to move directly into the work force as an optical systems technician. You’ll train on the same state-of-the-art optical systems that are used in the optics industry, gaining practical, hands-on experience that employers demand. Our optical systems technology degree provides you with opportunities to:

  • Evaluate optical systems
  • Take standard measurements and assess electro-optic configurations
  • Perform advanced optical manufacturing techniques
  • Conduct advanced testing on optical systems

Develop the Skills You Need for Immediate Employment in Optical Systems Technology

Optical systems technicians work with scientists and engineers to produce optical components and systems production. You’ll have the opportunity to get involved in every phase of the production process, including:

  • Research and development
  • Design
  • Testing
  • Manufacturing
  • Quality control
  • Sales
  • Service

This one-of-a-kind program provides you with superior workforce training, helping you lay the foundation for a strong career with a great income. It is not intended for students who wish to pursue a bachelor’s degree.

To find out how the optical systems technologies associate degree can prepare you for a rewarding high-tech career, contact Monroe Community College’s admissions office at (585) 292-2200 or admissions@monroecc.edu.

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OPTICAL SYSTEMS TECHNOLOGY

A.A.S. Degree - Career Program

Department:Engineering Technologies

School(s): Applied Sciences & Technologies

CIP Code: 15.0304
MCC Program Code: OT01
NYSED Code (BRI): 03901

Description
The Optical Systems Technology degree offers a unique, comprehensive program which prepares graduates for work in high technology fields which apply light and optical principles in their operations. The curriculum combines the study of optics with electronics for careers in electro-optics or allows a traditional optics option.
The optical systems technician works with scientists and engineers in research, development, design, production, quality control, test, and evaluation of optical components and systems, as well as sales and service. The course of study gives the student opportunity to work with and operate much of the precision equipment and technology used in today's field of electro-optical systems. This program is not designed as a transfer program. Students who plan to transfer to a four-year college to earn their Bachelor's degree should discuss their plans with an advisor as early as possible to identify the appropriate program.
Students should meet regularly with their program advisor to make certain that their course selections meet the requirements of the program and their career choices.
Recommended preparation: Three years of high school mathematics are required through Sequential Math III (Regents level strongly recommended), and one-half year of physics or physical science is recommended.
(Housed in the Engineering Technologies Department)

Program Learning Outcomes
1. Evaluate an optical system using a number of geometrical optics test procedures.
2. Make standard electro-optic measurements and evaluate typical electro-optic configurations.
3. Understand and perform the basic and advanced optical manufacturing techniques for today’s precision optical components.
4. Understand perform the basic and advanced metrology techniques for testing optical systems and individual optical components.

Employment Potential
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Requirements for Program Entrance
Intermediate Algebra with Trigonometry (or Math 104 at MCC).

Distribution Requirements

Credit Hours
TRADITIONAL OPTICS OPTION
FIRST SEMESTER: 17 Credit Hours
MTH 140 Technical Mathematics I*3
TEK 101 Computer Applications for Technicians2
OPT 131 Optical Elements and Ray Optics4
OPT 135 Measurement and Analysis4
ENGLISH ELECTIVE3
PHYSICAL/HEALTH EDUCATION ELECTIVE 1
Total 17
SECOND SEMESTER: 17 Credit Hours
ENG 101 College Composition3
MTH 141 Technical Mathematics II*3
PHY 131 Applied Physics I*4
OPT 151 Optical Instruments and Testing4
OPT 153 Fiber Optics3
Total 17
THIRD SEMESTER: 19 Credit Hours
MTH 175 Precalculus Mathematics with Analytic Geometry4
OPT 211 Wave Optics and Applications4
OPT 213 Optical Processes4
ELT 121 AC/DC Circuit Analysis4
SOCIAL SCIENCE ELECTIVE3
Total19
FOURTH SEMESTER: 17 Credit Hours
OPT 201 Photo Science 4
OPT 215 Electro-Optical Devices and Systems5
OPT 231 Lasers: Technology and Applications4
SOCIAL SCIENCE ELECTIVE3
PHYSICAL/HEALTH EDUCATION ELECTIVE1
Total17
TOTAL CREDITS70
ELECTRO-OPTICS OPTION
FIRST SEMESTER: 19 Credit Hours
ELT 111 Electronic Technology I 3
ELT 121 AC/DC Circuit Analysis 4
MTH 140 Technical Mathematics I* 3
TEK 101 Computer Applications for Technicians 2
OPT 131 Optical Elements and Ray Optics 4
ENG 101 College Composition 3
Total19
SECOND SEMESTER: 19 Credit Hours
ELT 102 Electric Circuit Analysis II 5
ELT 112 Electronic Technology II 5
MTH 141 Technical Mathematics II* 3
ENGLISH ELECTIVE 3
OPT 153 Fiber Optics 3
Total19
THIRD SEMESTER: 19 Credit Hours
MTH 175 Precalculus Mathematics with Analytic Geometry 4
ELT 202 Pulse and Digital Circuits 4
OPT 135 Measurement and Analysis 4
OPT 211 Wave Optics and Applications 4
SOCIAL SCIENCE ELECTIVE 3
Total19
FOURTH SEMESTER: 19 Credit Hours
OPT 215 Electro-Optical Devices and Systems 5
SOCIAL SCIENCE ELECTIVE 3
PHY 131 Applied Physics I 4
ELT 206 Digital Systems and Microprocessors 5
PHYSICAL/HEALTH EDUCATION ELECTIVE 2
Total19
TOTAL CREDITS76

* Students with an excellent high school mathematics and physics record may wish to select a more advanced mathematics and physics program following consultation with the appropriate department.
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