Photonics Engineers

OCCUPATION DESCRIPTION

Design technologies specializing in light information or light energy, such as laser or fiber optics technology.

SKILLS & REQUIRED SKILL LEVELS
Core Skill Levels Required:
  • Reading Comprehension: 5
  • Active Learning: 5
  • Mathematics: 4.88
  • Writing: 4.75
  • Critical Thinking: 4.75
  • Active Listening: 4.12
  • Complex Problem Solving: 4
  • Speaking: 4
  • Science: 4
  • Systems Analysis: 4
  • Judgment and Decision Making: 4
  • Quality Control Analysis: 4
  • Technology Design: 3.88
  • Operations Analysis: 3.88
  • Systems Evaluation: 3.75
  • Monitoring: 3.62
  • Instructing: 3.5
  • Equipment Selection: 3.5
  • Operation Monitoring: 3.5
  • Troubleshooting: 3.25
  • Learning Strategies: 3.25
Supplemental Skill Levels Required:
  • Coordination: 3.12
  • Time Management: 3
  • Operation and Control: 3
  • Repairing: 3
  • Persuasion: 2.75
  • Programming: 2.75
  • Social Perceptiveness: 2.75
  • Negotiation: 2.62
  • Service Orientation: 2.62
  • Management of Personnel Resources: 2.5
  • Equipment Maintenance: 2.25
  • Management of Material Resources: 2
  • Management of Financial Resources: 1.38
  • Installation: 0.25
CORE TASKS
  • Analyze, fabricate, or test fiber-optic links.
  • Design electro-optical sensing or imaging systems.
  • Determine commercial, industrial, scientific, or other uses for electro-optical applications or devices.
  • Conduct research on new photonics technologies.
  • Design, integrate, or test photonics systems or components.
  • Analyze system performance or operational requirements.
  • Conduct testing to determine functionality or optimization or to establish limits of photonics systems or components.
  • Design gas lasers, solid state lasers, infrared, or other light emitting or light sensitive devices.
  • Determine applications of photonics appropriate to meet product objectives or features.
  • Develop or test photonic prototypes or models.
  • Develop optical or imaging systems, such as optical imaging products, optical components, image processes, signal process technologies, or optical systems.
  • Assist in the transition of photonic prototypes to production.
  • Create or maintain photonic design histories.
  • Oversee or provide expertise on manufacturing, assembly, or fabrication processes.
  • Read current literature, talk with colleagues, continue education, or participate in professional organizations or conferences to keep abreast of developments in the field.
  • Train operators, engineers, or other personnel.
  • Design photonics products, such as light sources, displays, or photovoltaics, to achieve increased energy efficiency.
  • Write reports or proposals related to photonics research or development projects.
  • Document photonics system or component design processes, including objectives, issues, or outcomes.

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