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School of Applied Sciences & TechnologiesThe School of Applied Sciences & Technologies offers credit and noncredit options that prepare students for careers in advanced manufacturing, engineering and applied technologies, information technology and computer science, emergency services and culinary arts and hospitality.

Get the technical skills you need to make your mark in the growing optics field

Skilled optical technicians work with engineers and scientists to design, inspect and test optical components and assembly systems in many products. When you earn an optical systems technology certificate from Monroe Community College, you could help develop components in products such as:

  • Consumer electronics
  • Eyeglasses
  • Telescopes
  • Cameras

Your optical systems technology certificate can open doors to fantastic employment opportunities with Fortune 500 companies and dozens of precision optics manufacturers in Rochester, including:

  • ITT Goulds Pumps
  • Pro Tel, Inc.
  • L3Harris Technologies
  • Melles Griot
  • Sydor Optics
  • Corning, Inc.
  • Eastman Kodak
  • Xerox
  • Excelis, Inc

Add Optics to your Skill Set and Watch Your Career Options Soar

If you’re working in a related field and wish to add optics to your skill set, the optical systems technology certificate from MCC will give you the solid optics background you need to advance in your career.

This program enables you to focus on one or more of these areas:

  • Manufacturing
  • Testing
  • Electro-optics

With the optical systems technology certificate, you’ll be qualified to enter the profession with job titles such as:

  • Optical systems laboratory technician
  • Laser technician
  • Test and quality technician
  • Electro-mechanical technician
  • Electronics engineering technician

To find out more about the optical systems technology certificate from Monroe Community College as well as our entire optics program, please email the MCC Optics Department or call (585) 292-2002.

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Certificate Program

Department:Engineering Technologies

School(s): Applied Sciences & Technologies

MCC Program Code: OT02

The Optical Systems Technology Certificate prepares students for a career in the field of optics. Students take courses in optical fabrication and metrology, applied optical mathematics, optical elements and ray optics, and photo science. Students use state of the art optics equipment that prepares them for immediate career placement. The Optical Systems Technology program provides pathways to rewarding careers in companies critically important to our economic growth and national defense.

Students in the program will gain practical skills in advanced manufacturing areas such as metrology, Computer Numeric Control (CNC) grinding, CNC polishing, conventional optical fabrication, and diamond turning. The certificate is designed for students looking for a quick way to enter the optics workforce as well as for those currently in the workforce looking to advance their skills. All courses in the certificate program count toward the A.A.S. degree in Optical Systems Technology, creating a seamless transition for students interested in continuing their education. (Housed in the Engineering Technologies Department)

Program Learning Outcomes
1. Understand and perform the basic and advanced optical manufacturing techniques for today’s precision optical components.
2. 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
MTH 150 or OPT 175 ready.

Distribution Requirements

Credit Hours
OPT 110 Introduction to Optical Technology
OPT 213 Optical Fabrication and Metrology
TEK 145 Career Communications
HED 101 Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Care
OPT 175 Quantitative Skills in Optics*
First Semester Total:
OPT 131 Optical Elements and Ray Optics
OPT 201 Photo Science
OPT 235 Advanced Optical Fabrication and Metrology
Second Semester Total:

*OR other 4-credit MCC-QL