An increasing amount of today’s consumer, industrial, and business products incorporate lenses and optical systems. These are essential to virtually every industry including: defense, medical, clean energy, nanotechnology, automotive, electronics, communications, entertainment, computers, and consumer products. The Optical Engineering Certificate Program addresses the growing demand for skilled professionals who can conceptualize, design, and manufacture optical components and systems.

Who Should Enroll

The Optical Engineering Program 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.

Career Insight

Occupational summary for engineers in the United States.

  • Jobs: 141,690 (2019)
  • Projected Growth: 6.1% (2017-2027)
  • Annual Salary: $70k-$126k (25th-75th Percentile)

Program Benefits

  • 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
  • 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

Course Schedule

Prerequisite Courses
  • Geometrical Optics (3 units)
  • Physical Optics (3 units)
Required Courses
  • Introduction to Lens Design (3 units)
  • Advanced Lens Design (3 units)
  • Optical Systems Engineering (3 units)
Elective Courses (Minimum 6 units)
  • Optical Metrology and Interferometry (OFFERED AT IVC - Irvine Community College)
  • Optical Mechanical Component Design (3 units)
  • Optical Instrument Design (3 units)
  • Introduction to Lasers (3 units)
  • Introduction to Fiber Optics (3 units)
  • Optomechanical Systems Engineering (3 units)
  • Vibration Control for Optomechanical Systems (3 units)
  • Introduction to Radiometry: The Propagation and Measurement of Optical Radiant Energy (3 units)

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated June 11, 2019
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12 - 18 months
5,595 USD
The total cost of the program varies depending on the electives and prerequisite courses chosen. Actual fees may differ from the estimate. Fees are subject to change without prior notice.
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