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Laser and Optical Technology


Laser and optical technology programs prepare people to help engineers who work with lasers and optical systems.

Laser and optical technology programs teach people to apply engineering principles to help professionals and engineers who work with lasers. Students learn to design and operate laser systems. They also learn to make and test optical fibers.

Laser and optical technology programs include topics such as:


Several community colleges and technical schools offer certificate and associate degree programs in laser and optical technology. A certificate program usually takes a year of full-time study. An associate degree program at a community college usually takes two years of full-time study to complete.

Very few colleges and universities offer bachelor’s degrees in laser and optical technology. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.

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Program Admission

You can prepare for this program by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college. This typically includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

An associate degree program in this field typically includes courses in the following subjects:

Things to Know

Many jobs in this field require a lot of writing and clear communication. Taking writing and speaking courses will develop your communication skills.

Certifications are available from the National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies.

As a laser technician, you can play a part in the research and development that leads to new laser devices. You can work with engineers as they test new materials and processes.

Plan to continue taking classes throughout your career to keep your skills up to date.


King-Snohomish Area

Lake Washington Institute of Technology