Welcome to the Optical Technology program. Choose from the areas listed below for more details.
We currently offer both day and evening classes leading to a degree in Optical Systems Technology and we also can assist you in formulating flexible schedule if you are unable to attend full time. Please come in and see our state-of-the-art facilities and talk with our faculty. Feel free to call the Optics Department at (585) 292-2680 for details, academic information or to arrange a visit.
In 1963 Monroe Community College (MCC) became the first school in the nation to create
a two-year degree program (A.A.S.) for training technicians to work in
the optical industry. Today, MCC has received national and international
recognition for its comprehensive optics program which includes manufacturing
and electronics, design and function of optical components, optical instruments,
and experimental techniques. Courses currently offered within the program
deal with geometrical optics, optical instruments, metrology, optical
fabrication, wave optics and applications, fiber optics, electro-optics,
laser applications and holography and photo/imaging science. The courses in the
curriculum are designed to meet the needs of both the people who have
no previous experience in the field and those already employed who wish
to upgrade or improve their skills.
Heavy emphasis is placed on laboratory skills, and a minimum of half of the total course time is devoted to implementing experimental techniques, and strong emphasis is placed on a team approach for problem solving.
Optical systems technicians work with scientists and engineers in research, development,
design, manufacturing and quality control. They perform testing and evaluation
of optical components and systems. Optical systems technology is important
to telecommunications, digital imaging and photography, automotive tracking
and control, laser applications, fiber optics, and robotics vision systems.
Every course in the program gives the student an opportunity to study,
understand, and operate the precise equipment and instrumentation used
in the optical industry today.
Monroe's ongoing interaction with industry not only produces an up-to-date program that remains responsive to current needs, but reflects Rochester's long history of university-industry partnerships. A highly educated optics workforce is a key element in the Rochester economy, which relies on MCC's ability to educate optical technicians in tandem with Rochester Institute of Technology and the University of Rochester which provide bachelor and graduate education in imaging and optics. Optics faculty also provide industrially relevant training in applied optical technology to such firms as Xerox, Eastman Kodak, Corning Tropel, Optimax and Melles Griot in their facilities.
MCC graduates are currently employed both locally and nationally by such companies as: Eastman Kodak, Xerox, Bausch and Lomb, Texas Instruments, Melles Griot, ITT, Coherent, Lockheed Martin, Spectra Physics, IBM, Corning and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Employment opportunities for MCC's optics students have historically outnumbered the available pool of graduates.
Many graduates of the optics program have continued their education at major universities such as RIT, University of Rochester, University of Arizona and received their bachelor's degrees in such fields as optics, imaging, electronics, physics, mathematics, and computer science. Many times, employers have paid for this additional education. Students planning to continue a bachelor's degree program immediately upon graduation are advised to discuss their curriculum plans with an optics advisor.
If you would like any further information on the Optical Technology program you may contact Bill Strong at (585) 292-2675 or the Engineering Technologies Dept. at (585) 292-2680.
Building 8, Room 626
M-F 8:45 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.