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Optical Instrument Design

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Overview

An increasing amount of today’s consumer, industrial and business products incorporate optomechanical systems. These are essential to virtually every industry including defense, medical, clean energy, nanotechnology, automotive, electronics, communications, entertainment, computers, and consumer products. The Optical Instrument Design Certificate Program builds on optical systems engineering skills gained in the Optical Engineering Program and address the growing demand for skilled professionals who can conceptualize, design, and manufacture these optical and optomechanical components, systems, and instruments.

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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 Instrument Design Program provides advanced study options for experienced optical engineering professionals allowing them to address a wider range of optical and optomechanical design issues. The elective courses provide an opportunity for students to develop specialized skills related to their professional needs or personal interests.

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141,690
Jobs
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Projected Growth
(2019-2029)
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Annual Salary
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Program Benefits

  • Gain useful insights and practical skills for designing and engineering optomechanical components and instruments
  • Explore the latest technologies in optical engineering including new optomechanical materials and the latest cost effective manufacturing techniques
  • Develop skills with industry standard optical and mechanical software tools
  • Discover innovative approaches for optical instrument design and analysis
  • Learn through hands-on design courses which provide skills in manual design, computer simulation, and the art of creating optical instruments
  • Understand and effectively communicate details of optical & optomechanical 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 (3.00 Units)
EECS X496.55
      Online

Required Courses

TitleWinterSpringSummerFall
EECS X498
Optical Instrument Design (3.00 Units)
EECS X498
Online     Online
EECS X499
Optomechanical Systems Engineering (3.00 Units)
EECS X499
Online      

Elective Courses

TitleWinterSpringSummerFall
Optical Instrument Design
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 (3.00 Units)
EECS X497
    to be scheduled  
EECS X493.55
Introduction to Lasers (3.00 Units)
EECS X493.55
  to be scheduled    
EECS X493.56
Introduction to Fiber Optics (3.00 Units)
EECS X493.56
    to be scheduled  
EECS X493.58
Vibration Control for Optomechanical Systems (3.00 Units)
EECS X493.58
  to be scheduled    
EECS X496
Optical Systems Engineering (3.00 Units)
EECS X496
      Online
EECS X494.1
Introduction to Radiometry: The Propagation and Measurement of Optical Radiant Energy (3.00 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 (6 required and 9 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 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

  • Jonathan W. Arenberg, Chief Engineer, Space Science Missions, Northrop Grumman
  • Ed Arriola, Chief Engineer, II-VI Optical Systems
  • Derek Dunn-Rankin, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, University of California, Irvine
  • Mark Gallagher, Ph.D., J.D, Partner, Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear, LLP
  • Keith J. Kasunic, Ph.D., Technical Director, Optical Systems Group LLC
  • Brian Monacelli, Ph.D., Optical Engineer, Jet Propulsion Laboratory; Photonics Instructor, Irvine Valley College
  • Reza K. Nezhad, Principle Engineer II, Surgical Laser Platforms and Optical Imaging Systems R&D, Alcon
  • Donn M. Silberman, M.S., Founding Director, Optics Institute of Southern California, Technical Services Manager, Starrett Kinemetric Engineering
  • James D. Trolinger, Ph.D., Co-Founder, MetroLaser, Inc.

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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