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UCI Division of Continuing Education Expands Optical Engineering Program

New Courses Offer Added Skill Sets for Professionals Seeking to Enhance Career Opportunities

IRVINE, Calif. – November 9, 2011 – University of California, Irvine Extension announces two new course additions to the Optical Engineering Certificate Program for the winter quarter. “According to, the national salary average for an Optical Engineer is $93,000, which means 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 career.”

New online courses, scheduled from Jan. 9 through Mar. 25, include:

“Optical Mechanical Component Design”– This introductory course fills the gap between optical and mechanical engineering. Students will learn how to insure designs are reliably manufactured, how to integrate optical and mechanical components into subsystems and much more.

“Introduction to Fiber Optics” – With an emphasis on properties of light, light emitting diodes (LEDs) and fiber optics, topics from this course will include system analysis and design, light coupling to fiber, fiber waveguide dispersion, and other concepts related to fiber optics.

A free webinar, titled “Optical Engineering and Optical Instrument Design: Education Planning Session,” is scheduled for Nov. 29. Participants will hear about the newest trends and technology available to optical engineers and the benefits of the certificate program. Information on payment options including student loans, state and federal funding, and other career planning resources will also be presented. To register for the webinar, visit

For more information about the certificate program, visit, call 949-824-9722 or email

About UCI Division of Continuing Education

The University of California, Irvine Division of Continuing Education (DCE) provides lifelong learning opportunities to thousands of students worldwide each year – fulfilling the school’s 60-year curriculum platform to connect degree programs to the world of work and achievement after graduation. The Division offers a broad range of certificate programs, specialized studies, and sequential courses to local, regional and global markets through online, on-campus and on-site delivery. A leader in the open education movement, the Division offers free Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) and content through the UCI Open initiative. For more information about UCI Division of Continuing Education, visit

About the University of California, Irvine

Founded in 1965, UCI is the youngest member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. The campus has produced three Nobel laureates and is known for its academic achievement, premier research, innovation, and anteater mascot. Led by Chancellor Howard Gillman, UCI has more than 36,000 students and offers 222 degree programs. It’s located in one of the world’s safest and most economically vibrant communities and is Orange County’s second-largest employer, contributing $5 billion annually to the local economy. For more on UCI, visit