Profession optoelectronic engineering technician

Optoelectronic engineering technicians collaborate with engineers in the development of optoelectronic systems and components, such as photodiodes, optical sensors, lasers and LED's. Optoelectronic engineering technicians build, test, install and calibrate optoelectronic equipment. They read blueprint and other technical drawings to develop testing and calibrating procedures.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Investigative

Knowledge

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Design drawings

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

  • Optoelectronic devices

    Electronic devices, systems, and components that possess optical features. These devices or components may include electrically driven light sources, such as LEDs and laser diodes, components that can convert light into electricity, such as solar or photovoltaic cells, or devices that can electronically manipulate and control light.

  • 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 components

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

  • 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.

  • Optoelectronics

    Branch of electronics and optics dedicated to the study and use of electronic devices that detect and control light.

  • 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.

  • Circuit diagrams

    Read and comprehend circuit diagrams showing the connections between the devices, such as power and signal connections.

  • Electronic equipment standards

    The national and international quality and safety standards and regulations with regards to the use and manufacture of electronic equipment and its components, such as semiconductors and printed circuit boards.

  • 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 glass characteristics

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

  • Electronics

    The functioning of electronic circuit boards, processors, chips, and computer hardware and software, including programming and applications. Apply this knowledge to ensure electronic equipment runs smoothly.

Skills

  • Assemble optoelectronics

    Prepare, construct, and assemble optoelectronic components and systems, such as lasers and imaging systems, using soldering, micro-fabrication, and polishing techniques.

  • Adjust engineering designs

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

  • Read engineering drawings

    Read the technical drawings of a product made by the engineer in order to suggest improvements, make models of the product or operate it.

  • Assist scientific research

    Assist engineers or scientists with conducting experiments, performing analysis, developing new products or processes, constructing theory, and quality control.

  • Align components

    Align and lay out components in order to put them together correctly according to blueprints and technical plans.

  • Liaise with engineers

    Collaborate with engineers to ensure common understanding and discuss product design, development and improvement.

  • Prepare production prototypes

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

  • Test optical components

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

  • Test optoelectronics

    Test optoelectronic systems, products, and components using electronic, optic, and photonic testing and measuring equipment.

  • Apply optical coating

    Apply coating to optical lenses, such as reflective coating to mirrors, anti-reflective coatings to camera lenses, or tinted coatings to sunglasses.

  • Operate optical assembly equipment

    Set up and operate optical processing or assembly equipment, such as optical spectrum analysers, power saws, lasers, die bonders, soldering irons, and wire bonders.

  • Clean optical components

    Clean optical components after every cycle in the manufacturing process.

  • 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.

  • Fasten components

    Fasten components together according to blueprints and technical plans in order to create subassemblies or finished products.

Optional knowledge and skills

apply soldering techniques firmware keep records of work progress microoptics wear cleanroom suit sensors printed circuit boards microelectronics calibrate optical instruments operate precision machinery electromagnetic spectrum cad software optomechanical devices maintain optical equipment microprocessors monitor machine operations inspect optical supplies lasers apply technical communication skills use precision tools write technical reports solder electronics semiconductors resolve equipment malfunctions microsensors integrate new products in manufacturing use cam software moem cae software digital camera sensors program firmware