Precision Optics, Photonics and Fiber Optics Technician

From telecommunications to space exploration, qualified optic technicians are in high demand among industries nationwide. In fact, the need for skilled optics professionals is considered critical, with every Photo Optics Engineer needing the support of 10 Optics Technicians to bring innovations to market. These technicians primarily craft precision lenses fashioned out of glass blocks.


$17 – $21 per hour

Answer a Critical Need in the Workforce

Valencia College is helping meet this need with a Precision Optics, Photonics and Fiber Optics Technician program that can be completed in just 15 weeks. In this Accelerated Skills Training program, you’ll spend 80% of your class time gaining employable skills in our state-of-the-art Optics and Photonics Lab. Taught by local optics professionals, the program gives you a direct connection to employers. When you finish the program, you’ll be eligible to earn nationally recognized industry certifications employers look for when hiring.

Optics technology students at laser optics station

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What is Optics?

Optics is a branch of physics that involves the behavior and properties of light. Optics technicians help build instruments that use or detect light interacting with matter, including smartphones and streaming TV.

  • Lasers
  • LED lighting
  • Fiber-optic illumination
  • Cameras
  • Telescopes
  • Microscopes

Why Optics?

The U.S. is seeing a resurgence in optical manufacturing. Bringing more of this industry back stateside strengthens our national security while securing our supply chains for essential industries such as:

  • Aerospace and defense
  • Electronics manufacturing
  • Communications services
  • Internet and web services
  • Computer hardware development

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