Camden County College's Photonics Department provides comprehensive training of technicians in lasers, optics, and fiber optics which are the industries and technologies of the 21st century. Our department offers one- and two-year programs leading to exciting and rewarding careers, or the choice of continued studies in a four-year college. The Photonics program at Camden County College is also a partner with OP-TEC (the National Center for Optics and Photonics Education). This National Science Foundation ATE project will assist our program with materials, future employers, and technical advice. Dr. Fred Seeber, Professor Emeritus at C.C.C., is a co-investigator for OP-TEC. This is the only such partnership in the Northeastern United States.
Photonics is the science and technology directly of light that is involved with the generation, manipulation, transport, and use of electromagnetic energy. Encompassing the fields of optics, lasers, and electronics, photonics is a major technology in diverse industries such as materials processing, communication, medicine, transportation, public safety, national defense, entertainment, aerospace, and environmental monitoring.
Applications of Photonics have been growing with enormous pace over the past thirty years. For all these years, the Department has been providing state-of-the-art training in Laser/Electro-Optics and Fiber-Optics Technology. Laser/Optic and Fiber-Optic technicians graduating from our programs receive an Associate in Applied Science Degree and gain outstanding career opportunities in electro-optics, laser, and telecommunications areas.
Students in the Laser/Electro-Optic Technology program receive all necessary technical theory, expert knowledge of different laser systems and their safety regulations, and hands-on experience that allow them to work in research, manufacturing, maintenance, trouble-shooting, alignment, and testing of laser/optic equipment.
Fiber Optic Technology
The Fiber-Optic program provides a working knowledge of the now booming fiber optic industry, including various markets, manufacturer specifications, and product vendors; presents hands-on training in connecting, testing, and trouble-shooting optical cables and networks; and provides technical theory covering aspects of optical waveguides, fiber optic sensors, and accompanying measurement and other equipment.
Lasers are everywhere today. Lasers are used to communicate, determine how far away things are, record and retrieve information, and fix not only machines but the human body, as well. As a result, professionals in this area are extensively sought and they are among the highest paid in American industry. In the latest report from a leading Photonics publication, ‘Photonics Spectra’, the median salary of a Photonics Technician has now risen to $55,000.
Explosive growth of fast optical communications and the urgent need in skilled workforce to ensure the ongoing massive replacement of copper cables by fiber optic networks has prompted our department to launch in 2002 a one-year certificate program, "Fiber Optic Technical Specialist". Graduates become certified as a Fiber Optic Technician from both Camden County College along with the Fiber Optic association, FOA, where our program is currently recognized as an approved training institution. Graduates from this program receive extensive training in fiber optic installation, testing, maintenance, and trouble-shooting skills that make them irreplaceable for telephone, cable, and other communications companies. This state-of-the-art program is sponsored by the $775,000 New Jersey High Technology Workforce Excellence grant and various NSF grants awarded to our department. These grants have assisted Camden County College in expanding its already very successful fiber optics program, and enhancing the Photonics programs, bringing them to the leading edge of this rapidly progressing and innovating field.