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Optical Engineering

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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.

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

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.

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(Highly experienced workers can earn up to $155k)

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

EECS X496.55
Geometrical and Physical Optics (3.00 Units)
EECS X496.55

Required Courses

Introduction to Lens Design (3.00 Units)
  Online   to be scheduled
EECS X493.1
Advanced Lens Design (3.00 Units)
EECS X493.1
to be scheduled   Online  
Optical Systems Engineering (3.00 Units)
      to be scheduled

Elective Courses

Optical Engineering
EECS X496.53
Optical Metrology and Interferometry (OFFERED AT IVC - Irvine Community College)
EECS X496.53
to be scheduled to be scheduled    
Optical Mechanical Component Design (3.00 Units)
EECS X493.55
Introduction to Lasers (3.00 Units)
EECS X493.55
EECS X493.56
Introduction to Fiber Optics (3.00 Units)
EECS X493.56
EECS X493.58
Vibration Control for Optomechanical Systems (3.00 Units)
EECS X493.58
EECS X494.1
Introduction to Radiometry: The Propagation and Measurement of Optical Radiant Energy (3.00 Units)
EECS X494.1

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

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Academic Calendar

Event Spring 2020 Summer 2020 Fall 2020 Winter 2021
Registration Begins Jan 24 Apr 24 Jul 17 Oct 23
Courses Begin* (week of) Mar 30 Jun 22 Sep 21 Jan 4
Courses End* (week of) Jun 8 Sep 7 Dec 7 Mar 15
Parking Permits Expire Jun 30 Sep 30 Dec 31 Mar 31
Administrative Holidays Mar 27, May 25 Jul 3, Sep 7 Nov 11, Nov 26-27, Dec 24-25, Dec 31 Jan 1, Jan 18, Feb 15

*Actual dates may vary by program.

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 with a non-refundable $125 application fee. Students are encouraged to declare candidacy as soon as possible, but no later than after the third course in the program. To receive the digital 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
  • Kenn Bates, Principal Physics Engineer, Raytheon
  • Mark Gallagher, Ph.D., J.D, Partner, Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear, LLP
  • Joshua S. Jo, Ph.D., Senior Staff Optical Engineer, KLA corporation
  • Gregory Klotz, Opto-Mechanical Design Engineer, nanoPrecision Products
  • Brian Monacelli, Ph.D., Optical Engineer, Jet Propulsion Laboratory; Photonics Instructor, Irvine Valley College
  • Adam Phenis, Optical Engineering Services AMP Optics, LLC
  • Donn M. Silberman, M.S., Founding Director, Optics Institute of Southern California, Technical Services Manager, Starrett Kinemetric Engineering
  • Desiré Whitmore, Ph.D., Senior Physics Educator, Exploratorium

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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