What does a Photonic Engineer do?

Design technologies specializing in light information or light energy, such as laser or fiber optics technology.

Jobs Roles

  • Select, purchase, set up, operate, or troubleshoot state-of-the-art laser cutting equipment.
  • Analyze, fabricate, or test fiber-optic links.
  • Design electro-optical sensing or imaging systems.
  • Design laser-machining equipment for purposes such as high speed ablation.
  • Develop laser-processed designs, such as laser-cut medical devices.
  • Determine commercial, industrial, scientific, or other uses for electro-optical applications or devices.
  • Conduct research on new photonics technologies.
  • Design, integrate, or test photonics systems or components.
  • Analyze system performance or operational requirements.
  • Conduct testing to determine functionality or optimization or to establish limits of photonics systems or components.
  • Design gas lasers, solid state lasers, infrared, or other light emitting or light sensitive devices.
  • Determine applications of photonics appropriate to meet product objectives or features.
  • Develop or test photonic prototypes or models.
  • Develop optical or imaging systems, such as optical imaging products, optical components, image processes, signal process technologies, or optical systems.
  • Document design processes including objectives, issues, and outcomes.
  • Assist in the transition of photonic prototypes to production.
  • Create or maintain photonic design histories.
  • Oversee or provide expertise on manufacturing, assembly, or fabrication processes.
  • Read current literature, talk with colleagues, continue education, or participate in professional organizations or conferences to keep abreast of developments in the field.
  • Train operators, engineers, or other personnel.
  • Write reports or research proposals.
  • Design or develop new crystals for photonics applications.
  • Design or redesign optical fibers to minimize energy loss.
  • Design photonics products, such as light sources, displays, or photovoltaics to achieve increased energy efficiency.
  • Design solar energy photonics or other materials or devices to generate energy.
  • Develop photonics sensing or manufacturing technologies to improve the efficiency of manufacturing or related processes.
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