Profession optical engineer

Optical engineers design and develop different industrial applications with optics. They have knowledge of light, light transmission principles, and optics in order to design engineering specs of equipment such as microscopes, lenses, telescopes, and other optical devices.

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Personality Type

  • Investigative / Realistic

Knowledge

  • Optical glass characteristics

    The characteristics of optical glass such as refractive index, dispersion, and chemical properties.

  • Types of optical instruments

    Possess information on the types of optical instruments and lenses, such as microscopes and telescopes, as well as on their mechanics, components, and characteristics.

  • Optical equipment standards

    The national and international quality and safety standards and regulations with regards to the use and manufacture of optical equipment, including optical materials, optical components, optical systems, ophthalmic equipment, optomechanical equipment, optical measuring equipment, photographic equipment, and optoelectronic equipment.

  • Optical components

    The components and materials necessary for building optical instruments, such as lenses and frames.

  • Design drawings

    Understand design drawings detailing the design of products, tools, and engineering systems.

  • Physics

    Have a wide background of physics which is the natural science that involves the study of matter and its motion through space and time, along with related concepts such as energy and force.

  • Engineering principles

    The engineering elements like functionality, replicability, and costs in relation to the design and how they are applied in the completion of engineering projects.

  • Optical manufacturing process

    The process and different stages of manufacturing an optical product, from design and prototyping to the preparation of optical components and lenses, the assembly of optical equipment, and the intermediate and final testing of the optical products and its components.

  • Optical engineering

    Subdiscipline of engineering that deals with the development of optical instruments and applications, such as telescopes, microscopes, lenses, lasers, fibre optic communication, and imaging systems.

  • Mathematics

    Mathematics is the study of topics such as quantity, structure, space, and change. It involves the identification of patterns and formulating new conjectures based on them. Mathematicians strive to prove the truth or falsity of these conjectures. There are many fields of mathematics, some of which are widely used for practical applications.

  • Optics

    The science that studies the behaviour and properties of light, including its interactions with matter and the construction of instruments that use or detect it.

  • Refractive power

    Refractive power or optical power is the degree to which an optical system, such as a lens, converges or diverges light. Diverging lenses possess negative refractive power, while converging lenses possess positive refractive power.

Skills

  • Operate scientific measuring equipment

    Operate devices, machinery, and equipment designed for scientific measurement. Scientific equipment consists of specialised measuring instruments refined to facilitate the acquisition of data.

  • Conform to health and safety regulations

    Carry out all work in accordance with relevant environmental and health and safety legislation, risk assessment requirements and company policies. Take the necessary health and safety precautions during work including posture the body well, safely operate tools and machinery, and wear the right clothes and protection for the climate.

  • Perform scientific research

    Gain, correct or improve knowledge about phenomena by using scientific methods and techniques, based on empirical or measurable observations.

  • Develop optical test procedures

    Develop testing protocols to enable a variety of analyses of optical systems, products, and components.

  • Conduct literature research

    Conduct a comprehensive and systematic research of information and publications on a specific topic. Present a comparative evaluative literature summary.

  • Design optical prototypes

    Design and develop prototypes of optical products and components using technical drawing software.

  • Prepare production prototypes

    Prepare early models or prototypes in order to test concepts and replicability possibilities. Create prototypes to assess for pre-production tests.

  • Conduct quality control analysis

    Conduct inspections and tests of services, processes, or products to evaluate quality.

  • Test optical components

    Test optical systems, products, and components with appropriate optical testing methods, such as axial ray testing and oblique ray testing.

  • Approve engineering design

    Give consent to the finished engineering design to go over to the actual manufacturing and assembly of the product.

  • Model optical systems

    Model and simulate optical systems, products, and components using technical design software. Assess the viability of the product and examine the physical parameters to ensure a successful production process.

  • Analyse test data

    Interpret and analyse data collected during testing in order to formulate conclusions, new insights or solutions.

  • Adjust engineering designs

    Adjust designs of products or parts of products so that they meet requirements.

  • Report analysis results

    Produce research documents or give presentations to report the results of a conducted research and analysis project, indicating the analysis procedures and methods which led to the results, as well as potential interpretations of the results.

  • Record test data

    Record data which has been identified specifically during preceding tests in order to verify that outputs of the test produce specific results or to review the reaction of the subject under exceptional or unusual input.

Optional knowledge and skills

maintain safe engineering watches circuit diagrams quantum optics operate precision measuring equipment electrooptics optoelectronic devices moem computer engineering perform test run provide technical documentation design optical systems read engineering drawings mount optical components on frames optical instruments sensors create technical plans resolve equipment malfunctions perform data analysis microelectromechanical systems prepare assembly drawings microoptics maintain optical equipment sell optical products operate optical assembly equipment electromagnetic spectrum use cad software draft bill of materials photonics use precision tools build business relationships electrooptic devices microsensors radars optoelectronics optomechanical components develop electronic test procedures train employees apply technical communication skills define manufacturing quality criteria lasers cavity optomechanics microprocessors operate precision machinery electronic equipment standards communicate with customers perform resource planning coordinate engineering teams digital camera sensors microwave principles precision mechanics cae software electronics optomechanical engineering control engineering fibre optics medical imaging technology perform project management mechanical engineering telecommunications engineering quality standards microelectronics acoustics develop product design semiconductors

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