Feb 07, 2023  
2022-2023 College Catalog 
  
2022-2023 College Catalog

Optics Technology Option, A.A.S. - Technical Studies


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The Optics Technology program gives students an opportunity to gain knowledge and skills in the field of optical manufacturing, and complete integrated general education courses needed for the industry. Students will develop advanced skills in the comprehension of technical drawings, material handling, conventional grinding and polishing, optomechanical assembly, metrology, and quality control. Additionally, students receive training in programming, setting up, and operating CNC grinding and polishing machines. Upon completing this A.A.S. degree program, students will have the necessary skills to become employed, as a technician, in the optics industry. Career opportunities also exist in quality control, optical coating, laser fabrication, fiber optics, and precision assemblies.

The objectives of this program are to:

  • Employ safety skills in an industrial setting.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills in conventional and CNC manufacturing of optics.
  • Produce parts to meet technical drawing requirements required in both conventional and computer numerical controlled machines.
  • Apply skills in metrology for the purpose of first article inspection reports.
  • Perform setup procedures on a computer numerical controlled (CNC) grinding and polishing systems.
  • Exhibit professionalism and ethical work practices.
  • Perform assembly of multiple optical elements.
  • Apply proper handling and cleaning skills of various optical elements.
  • Utilize Military and ISO specifications to execute an inspection plan.

First Year


Total Semester Hours: 15


Winter Session


Spring Semester


Total Semester Hours: 15


Summer Session


Second Year


Fall Semester


  • GHMN 000 - Humanities Credits: 3
  • OR

  • GSOC 000 - Social Science Gen Ed Requirement Credits: 3
  •  

  • TSC 000 - Technical Studies Core Credits: 3
  • Credits: 3
  •  

  • TSC 000 - Technical Studies Core Credits: 3
  • OR

  • OPTC 000 - Program Option Elective Credits: 3
  •  

  • TSC 000 - Technical Studies Core Credits: 3
  • OR

  • OPTC 000 - Program Option Elective Credits: 3

Total Semester Hours: 15


Winter Session


Spring Semester


  • GNED 000 - General Education Requirement Credits: 3
     
  • TSC 000 - Technical Studies Core Credits: 3
    OR
  • OPTC 000 - Program Option Elective Credits: 3
     
  • TSC 000 - Technical Studies Core Credits: 3
    OR
  • OPTC 000 - Program Option Elective Credits: 3
     
  • TSC 000 - Technical Studies Core Credits: 3
    OR
  • OPTC 000 - Program Option Elective Credits: 3
     
  • TSC 000 - Technical Studies Core Credits: 3
    OR
  • OPTC 000 - Program Option Elective Credits: 3

Total Semester Hours: 15


Summer Semester


Total Program Hours: 60


Humanities/Social Science Gen Ed Requirement


Choose from the list of approved courses  listed in the College catalog

Technical Studies Core or Program Electives Courses (Recommended)


Technical Studies credits may be earned for corporate, industrial, or military training programs after review by a faculty assessor of related program. In addition to the recommended courses, individuals without sufficient technical training experience can select courses in one of the programs/options listed below to satisfy the Technical Studies and Program Elective credit requirements. All courses should be selected with assistance from a faculty advisor.

Technology General Education Courses (Recommended)


Recommended courses listed below but student can also choose from the list of approved General Education  courses in the College catalog.

Developmental Courses


Students may need to first take some developmental courses  that are designed to prepare students for the college-level coursework in their academic plan. This may add to the students’ completion time. The number of credits students take each semester will determine when the student will complete his/her program of study.

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