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Optical Engineering

15% Discount

Register for a membership with the Optical Society of Southern California to receive 15% off REQUIRED courses.

Overview

An increasing amount of today’s consumer, industrial, and business products incorporate lenses and optical systems. These are essential to virtually every industry including: defense, medical, clean energy, nanotechnology, automotive, electronics, communications, entertainment, computers, and consumer products. The Optical Engineering Certificate Program addresses the growing demand for skilled professionals who can conceptualize, design, and manufacture optical components and systems.

Who Should Enroll

The Optical Engineering Program gives students the skills and experience needed to enter this growing field. The program will benefit entry and mid-level professionals who need to broaden their knowledge and improve their career options.

Career Insight

Occupational summary for engineers in the United States.

137,682
Jobs
(2018)
7.80%
Projected Growth
(2018-2028)
$70k-$125k
Annual Salary
(25th-75th Percentile)

Program Benefits

  • Gain useful insights and practical skills for designing and engineering optical components and systems
  • Explore the latest technologies in optical engineering including new optical materials and the latest cost effective manufacturing techniques
  • Develop skills with industry standard optical software tools
  • Discover innovative approaches for optical engineering and analysis
  • Learn through hands-on design courses which provide skills in manual design, computer simulation, and the art of creating optical components and systems
  • Understand and effectively communicate details of optical technical specifications to manufacturer’s and quality control personnel
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Course Schedule

Prerequisite Courses

TitleWinterSpringSummerFall
EECS X496.55
Geometrical and Physical Optics (3 units)
EECS X496.55
to be scheduled      

Required Courses

TitleWinterSpringSummerFall
EECS X493
Introduction to Lens Design (3 units)
EECS X493
  to be scheduled   Online
EECS X493.1
Advanced Lens Design (3 units)
EECS X493.1
to be scheduled   to be scheduled  
EECS X496
Optical Systems Engineering (3 units)
EECS X496
      Online

Elective Courses

TitleWinterSpringSummerFall
Optical Engineering
EECS X496.53
Optical Metrology and Interferometry (OFFERED AT IVC - Irvine Community College)
EECS X496.53
to be scheduled to be scheduled    
EECS X497
Optical Mechanical Component Design (3 units)
EECS X497
    Online  
EECS X498
Optical Instrument Design (3 units)
EECS X498
    Online  
EECS X493.55
Introduction to Lasers (3 units)
EECS X493.55
  to be scheduled    
EECS X493.56
Introduction to Fiber Optics (3 units)
EECS X493.56
    Online  
EECS X499
Optomechanical Systems Engineering (3 units)
EECS X499
to be scheduled      
EECS X493.58
Vibration Control for Optomechanical Systems (3 units)
EECS X493.58
  to be scheduled    
EECS X494.1
Introduction to Radiometry: The Propagation and Measurement of Optical Radiant Energy (3 units)
EECS X494.1
  to be scheduled    

Course schedules are subject to change. Individual courses may be taken without enrolling in the full certificate.

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Learn How To Earn Your CertificateCertificate Eligibility and Requirements

Candidates should complete EECS X496.55 Geometrical and Physical Optics or possess equivalent experience or education.

A certificate is awarded upon the completion of 15 credit units (9 required and 6 electives credit units), with a grade of “C” or better in each course.

To become an official candidate in the program, students pursuing the certificate must submit a Declaration of Candidacy. Students are encouraged to declare candidacy as soon as possible, but no later than after the third course in the program. To receive the certificate after completing all program requirements, students must submit a Request for Certificate. All requirements must be completed within five (5) years after the student enrolls in his/her first course. Students not pursuing a certificate are welcome to take as many individual courses as they wish.

Advisory Committee

  • Ed Arriola, Chief Engineer, II-VI Optical Systems
  • Arnie Banzensky, Field Sales Manager, Schott Glass Technologies
  • Valentina Doushkina, M.Sc., Principal II Optical Systems Engineer, R&D, Vitreo/Retinal Surgical Instrumentation, ALCON
  • Mark Gallagher, Ph.D., J.D, Partner, Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear, LLP
  • Joshua Jo, Ph.D., Principle Engineer, Samsung Electro-Mechanics
  • Gregory Klotz, Opto-Mechanical Design Engineer, nanoPrecision Products
  • Brian Monacelli, Ph.D., Optical Engineer, Jet Propulsion Laboratory; Photonics Instructor, Irvine Valley College
  • Forrest Reynard, CEO, Reynard Corporation, Advanced Optical Solutions
  • Donn M. Silberman, M.S., Founding Director, Optics Institute of Southern California, Technical Services Manager, Starrett Kinemetric Engineering; Board President, STEMBILITY
  • Bruce Tromberg, Ph.D., Professor, Biomedical Engineering; Director, Beckman Laser Institute, University of California, Irvine
  • Desiré Whitmore, Ph.D., Mentorship Chair and founding board member, CABE; Assistant Professor, Irvine Valley College, Photonics Technology Program

Further Details

For course prerequisites and estimated program pricing, please refer to the program flyer.

On-site Training Available

Our Corporate Training specialists can deliver this program or customize one that fits your organization’s specific needs. Visit Corporate Training or call (949) 824-1847 for information.

English Proficiency Requirement
All certificate programs at UCI Division of Continuing Education (classroom and online formats) require professional-level English language proficiency in listening and note-taking, reading comprehension and vocabulary, written expression, and oral presentation.

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