What does a Photonic Technician do?

Build, install, test, or maintain optical or fiber optic equipment, such as lasers, lenses, or mirrors, using spectrometers, interferometers, or related equipment.

Jobs Roles

  • Monitor inventory levels and order supplies as necessary.
  • Maintain clean working environments, according to clean room standards.
  • Test or perform failure analysis for optomechanical or optoelectrical products, according to test plans.
  • Assist scientists or engineers in the conduct of photonic experiments.
  • Perform diagnostic analyses of processing steps, using analytical or metrological tools, such as microscopy, profilometry, or ellipsometry devices.
  • Mix, pour, or use processing chemicals or gases according to safety standards or established operating procedures.
  • Design, build, or modify fixtures used to assemble parts.
  • Lay out cutting lines for machining, using drafting tools.
  • Assist engineers in the development of new products, fixtures, tools, or processes.
  • Assemble or adjust parts or related electrical units of prototypes to prepare for testing.
  • Splice fibers, using fusion splicing or other techniques.
  • Terminate, cure, polish, or test fiber cables with mechanical connectors.
  • Set up or operate prototype or test apparatus, such as control consoles, collimators, recording equipment, or cables.
  • Set up or operate assembly or processing equipment, such as lasers, cameras, die bonders, wire bonders, dispensers, reflow ovens, soldering irons, die shears, wire pull testers, temperature or humidity chambers, or optical spectrum analyzers.
  • Repair or calibrate products, such as surgical lasers.
  • Perform laser seam welding, heat treatment, or hard facing operations.
  • Fabricate devices, such as optoelectronic or semiconductor devices.
  • Build prototype optomechanical devices for use in equipment such as aerial cameras, gun sights, or telescopes.
  • Assemble fiber optical, optoelectronic, or free-space optics components, subcomponents, assemblies, or subassemblies.
  • Adjust or maintain equipment, such as lasers, laser systems, microscopes, oscilloscopes, pulse generators, power meters, beam analyzers, or energy measurement devices.
  • Assemble components of energy-efficient optical communications systems involving photonic switches, optical backplanes, or optoelectronic interfaces.
  • Assemble devices or equipment to be used in green technology applications, including solar energy, high efficiency solid state lighting, energy management, smart buildings, or green processes.
  • Build photonics tools to be applied to electrical grids to detect hot spots, such as failing insulators or conductors.
  • Develop solar power sources for lasers used in fiber optics.
  • Fabricate sensors to be used to control wind turbines.
  • Monitor mechanical factors, such as turbine load or strain information.
  • Compute or record photonic test data.
  • Document procedures, such as calibration of optical or fiber optic equipment.
  • Recommend optical or optic equipment design or material changes to reduce costs or processing times.
  • Optimize photonic process parameters by making prototype or production devices.
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