Precision Machining - Optical Fabrication

Study optical fabrication, then get to work in Rochester, the world leader in optics

Monroe Community College has one of the best-equipped college machining programs in New York State. In our precision machining certificate program, you’ll learn the most current optical fabrication techniques. Journeyman machinists with years of professional experience will be your teachers.

Look forward to part-time work opportunities— about 90 percent of our students hold jobs. You may also earn course credit based on prior learning. Learn how to test out of courses and earn credit with CLEP.

In just one year, you’ll graduate with a certificate and a bundle of skills that prepare you for immediate employment.

Local Optics Shops Hire Optical Fabrication Machinists Trained at MCC

Optical fabricators manufacture components used in lasers, fiber optics, and digital imaging. You’ll learn the principles and practices of precision metalworking. Then, you’ll apply your skills to these technologies, and more.

We designed this one-year program so you’ll be ready to work in precision machining immediately after earning your certificate. Many Rochester area manufacturers hire our graduates, for example:

  • PEKO Precision Products
  • CooperVision
  • Rochester Precision Optics
  • Gleason Corporation
  • Advantech Industries
  • Optimax
  • Sydor Optics
  • JML Optics

Your job title could be:

  • Computer-controlled machine tool operator
  • Metal and plastic/optician
  • Machinist—optical, aircraft, or automotive
  • First-line supervisor of production and operating workers

You may also be interested in the two-year precision machining associate degree or the apprentice training & machine trades program.

To find out more about the precision machining – optical fabrication certificate from Monroe Community College, contact the admissions office at or (585) 292-2200.

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Certificate Program

Department:Applied Technologies

School(s): Applied Sciences & Technologies

MCC Program Code: PM04

This certificate program is designed to prepare graduates for employment in the precision machining industry with special emphasis on optical fabrication. Optical fabrication is the manufacturing of optical components used in lasers, fiber optics, and digital imaging. Students will learn the principles and practices of precision metalworking and then apply these skills to the materials used in fiber optics, digital imaging, lasers, and other technological applications.
(Housed in the Applied Technologies Department)

Program Learning Outcomes
1. Demonstrate necessary soft skills to acquire a job within a manufacturing industry.
2. Perform manual machine part production to industry standards.
3. Perform computer numerical machine part production to industry standards.
4. Demonstrate measurement techniques necessary for successful employment.
5. Compose machine tool programs necessary for successful employment.
6. Demonstrate written technical communication skills.
7. Apply mathematical skills to solve industrial problems.
8. Interpret engineering models for part production.
9. Follow standard safety practices used in industry.

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Requirements for Program Entrance
Algebra (1 year high school math or placement into Level 4 Math at MCC).

Distribution RequirementsCredit Hours
FIRST SEMESTER: 16 Credit Hours
TAM 105 Machine Project Laboratory OR
TAM 121 Mathematics for Machinists I3
TAM 131 Machine Shop Print Reading I3
OPT 110 Introduction to Optical Technology3
OPT 131 Optical Elements and Ray Optics 4
Total 16
SECOND SEMESTER: 15-16 Credit Hours
ENG 101 College Composition OR
ENG 200 Advanced Composition OR
CRC 101 Practical Computer Literacy
OPT 135 Measurement and Analysis OR
TAM 138 Dimensional Metrology

OPT 151 Optical Instruments and Testing4
TAM 139 CNC Vertical Machine Tool Programming I3
TAM 205 CNC Machine Project Laboratory2
Total 15-16
OPT 135 Measurement and Analysis 4
OPT 201 Photo Science 4
OPT 211 Wave Optics and Applications 4
OPT 213 Optical Processes 4
OPT 215 Electro-Optical Devices and Systems 5
OPT 235 Advanced Optical Manufacturing 3

NOTE: Students currently working in the precision machining industry may substitute a TAM/OPT elective for TAM 105, based on work experience and approval of a faculty advisor.
All students enrolled in the program should take the MCC placement exam for advisement prior to registration. It is recommended that students have a minimum of 2 years of high school math or place MTH 104 or higher on the placement exam prior to enrolling in this program. Please seek advisement from the TAM/OPT Coordinator or faculty prior to registration. Call 585-292-3725 for advisement times.

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