The Optical Engineering track addresses the growing demand for skilled professionals who can conceptualize, design, and manufacture optical components and systems. This track emphasizes lens design, radiometry (sources, optics, and detectors), and optical systems engineering.
The Optical Instrument Design track places more of an emphasis on the optomechanical design and manufacturing of components and instruments.
Who Should Enroll
The Optical Engineering track 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 in this high-demand area.
The Optical Instrument Design track also benefits entry and mid-level professionals, with an emphasis on a wider range of optomechanical and instrument design skills.
Occupational summary for engineers in the United States.
- Jobs: 147,913 (2019)
- Projected Growth: 7.9% (2017-2027)
- Annual Salary: $70k-$126k (25th-75th Percentile)
- 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, such as Zemax (OpticStudio) Software
- 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
About the School
In the U.S. News & World Report annual college survey, UC Irvine is ranked among the top 50 universities nationally, and ranks tenth among all public universities.