Profession photonics engineer

Photonics engineers are concerned with the generation, transmission, transformation, and detection of light. They conduct research, design, assemble, test and deploy photonic components or systems in multiple application fields, from optical communications to medical instrumentation, material processing or sensing technology.

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Personality Type

  • Investigative / Realistic
  • Realistic / Investigative

Knowledge

  • 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.

  • Lasers

    Devices that are able to produce light through the optical amplification of the stimulated emission of electromagnetic radiation, such as gas lasers, solid-state lasers, fiber lasers, photonic lasers and semiconductor lasers. The spatial and temporal coherence of lasers allows for the concentration of light in one place, such as laser pointers, as well as the concentration of light in time, so that light can be produced in a much shorter time than other light and can also emit as single colour of light.

  • Design drawings

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Optical components

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

  • Photonics

    The science and technology of generating, controlling and detecting particles of light. It explores phenomena and applications in which light is used to transfer or process information, or to physically alter materials.

  • 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

  • Develop optical test procedures

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

  • Prepare production prototypes

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

  • Perform data analysis

    Collect data and statistics to test and evaluate in order to generate assertions and pattern predictions, with the aim of discovering useful information in a decision-making process.

  • 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.

  • Conduct literature research

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

  • 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.

  • Test optical components

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

  • 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.

  • Adjust engineering designs

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

  • Design optical prototypes

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

  • Approve engineering design

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

  • Design optical systems

    Design and develop optical and imaging systems, products, and components, such as lasers, microscopes, optical fibre, cameras, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machines.

  • Conduct quality control analysis

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

  • 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.

  • Perform scientific research

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

  • Analyse test data

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

  • 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.

Optional knowledge and skills

optoelectronic devices perform resource planning circuit diagrams quantum optics perform project management microoptics optomechanical components provide technical documentation perform test run quality standards operate optical assembly equipment coordinate engineering teams mount optical components on frames use precision tools prepare assembly drawings cae software optomechanical engineering electromagnetic spectrum optoelectronics electrooptic devices fibre optics train employees draft bill of materials maintain safe engineering watches use cad software moem define manufacturing quality criteria build business relationships resolve equipment malfunctions electrooptics develop product design create technical plans medical imaging technology digital camera sensors communicate with customers