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UCI Extension expands its Optical Engineering Program

Two new courses will help professionals stay current on new technologies and manufacturing processes in this competitive field.

By Kylie MalstromPublished: November 17, 2011 07:45 AM

UC Irvine Extension has added two new courses to its Optical Engineering Certificate Program for the winter quarter.

One of the courses, "Optical Mechanical Component Design", is an introduction to optical and mechanical engineering. Students will learn how to ensure that designs are reliably created and the integration of optical and mechanical components into subsystems, among other applications.

The second course, "Introduction to Fiber Optics", emphasizes the properties of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and fiber optics. Course topics include system analysis and design, light coupling to fiber, fiber waveguide dispersion and other related concepts.

The online courses will run from Jan. 9 through March 25.

A free webinar, "Optical Engineering and Optical Instrument Design: Education Planning Session", will take place on Nov. 29. It will discuss the newest trends and technology available to optical engineers and the benefits of UCI Extension’s certificate program. Details about payment options (including student loans and state and federal funding) as well as planning resources, will also be presented.

“According to indeed.com, the national salary average for an optical engineer is $93,000, which means that today’s optical engineers must take advantage of technology and trends in order to stay ahead of the competitive market,” said Dr. Dave Dimas, director of UC Irvine Extension’s Engineering, Sciences and Information Technology programs. “Participating in continuing education with top-notch industry professionals is the most effective way to remain in the forefront of the industry. We always strive to bring courses that deliver the advanced skill sets that help these professionals move forward in their careers.”

To register for the webinar, visit extension.uci.edu/events.


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