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Become A Laser Engineer

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Working As A Laser Engineer

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  • Getting Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Deal with People

  • $77,147

    Average Salary

What Does A Laser Engineer Do At Brookhaven National Laboratory

* Responsibility for reliable operation of high power laser systems.
* This work includes planning, coordinating and performing optical and electrical engineering work in support of laser projects.
* Work as primary point of contact for performing tasks associated with smooth and safe operation of laser systems used in the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collier (RHIC) and future Electron Ion Collider (EIC) programs.
* Responsibility for development, test and operation of laser controls, interlocks and diagnostic tools for accelerator operations and beam experiments.
* Responsibility for documentation of specifications and procedures related to laser operations.
* Construction, test and development of new high-power fiber laser components and systems

What Does A Laser Engineer Do At General Atomics and Affiliated Companies

* Works under general supervision with on-going review to fabricate, characterize and deliver unique planar components enabling cutting-edge experiments and diagnostics at laser facilities such as the National Ignition Facility (NIF) and OMEGA.
* Supports fabrication and characterization of precise components with micron-sized features using custom open-architecture as well as commercial laser systems.
* Assists in oversight of laser machining laboratory.
* Duties include laser system diagnosis and configuration, maintaining production throughput and yield, optical alignment, procurement of optical and laser components.
* Communicates regularly with customers, team and management to relay production schedule, system status, and design tolerances while considering available budget and resources.
* Diagnoses operational problems in laser system and production through root cause analysis techniques.
* Proposes and implements engineering solutions accordingly.
* Performs characterization duties include operation of stereo microscopes, x-ray imaging systems, coordinate measurement, automated microscopes and other highly-accurate metrology instruments.
* Obtains, analyzes and presents various forms of data, reports and presentations.
* Works with resident staff and other engineering, scientific and technical personnel from a variety of laboratory institutions and fields.
* Carries out multi-step inspection procedures and documents results.
* Assists in design, build and/or procures necessary tools, fixtures and components required to enhance laser machining capabilities and production efficiencies.
* Responsible for quality assurance, packaging and shipment of precision components with attention to detail, cleanliness and accuracy.
* Works in a safe manner in accordance with established operating procedures and practices.
* Performs other duties as assigned or required

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How To Become A Laser Engineer

Industrial engineers must have a bachelor’s degree. Employers also value experience, so cooperative education engineering programs at universities are also valuable.

Education

Industrial engineers need a bachelor’s degree, typically in industrial engineering. However, many industrial engineers have degrees in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, manufacturing engineering, industrial engineering technology, or general engineering. Students interested in studying industrial engineering should take high school courses in mathematics, such as algebra, trigonometry, and calculus; computer science; and sciences such as chemistry and physics.

Bachelor’s degree programs include lectures in classrooms and practice in laboratories. Courses include statistics, production systems planning, and manufacturing systems design, among others. Many colleges and universities offer cooperative education programs in which students gain practical experience while completing their education.

A few colleges and universities offer 5-year degree programs in industrial engineering that lead to a bachelor’s and master’s degree upon completion, and several more offer similar programs in mechanical engineering. A graduate degree allows an engineer to work as a professor at a college or university or to engage in research and development. Some 5-year or even 6-year cooperative education plans combine classroom study with practical work, permitting students to gain experience and to finance part of their education.

Programs in industrial engineering are accredited by ABET.

Important Qualities

Creativity. Industrial engineers use creativity and ingenuity to design new production processes in many kinds of settings in order to reduce the use of material resources, time, or labor while accomplishing the same goal.

Critical-thinking skills. Industrial engineers create new systems to solve problems related to waste and inefficiency. Solving these problems requires logic and reasoning to identify strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to the problems.

Listening skills. These engineers often operate in teams, but they also must solicit feedback from customers, vendors, and production staff. They must listen to customers and clients in order to fully grasp ideas and problems the first time.

Math skills. Industrial engineers use the principles of calculus, trigonometry, and other advanced topics in mathematics for analysis, design, and troubleshooting in their work.

Problem-solving skills. In designing facilities for manufacturing and processes for providing services, these engineers deal with several issues at once, from workers’ safety to quality assurance.

Speaking skills. Industrial engineers sometimes have to explain their instructions to production staff or technicians before they can make written instructions available. Being able to explain concepts clearly and quickly is crucial to preventing costly mistakes and loss of time.

Writing skills. Industrial engineers must prepare documentation for other engineers or scientists, or for future reference. The documentation must be coherent and explain their thinking clearly so that the others can understand the information.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Licensure is not required for entry-level positions as an industrial engineer. A Professional Engineering (PE) license, which allows for higher levels of leadership and independence, can be acquired later in one’s career. Licensed engineers are called professional engineers (PEs). A PE can oversee the work of other engineers, sign off on projects, and provide services directly to the public. State licensure generally requires

  • A degree from an ABET-accredited engineering program
  • A passing score on the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam
  • Relevant work experience, typically at least 4 years
  • A passing score on the Professional Engineering (PE) exam

The initial FE exam can be taken after one earns a bachelor’s degree. Engineers who pass this exam are commonly called engineers in training (EITs) or engineer interns (EIs). After meeting work experience requirements, EITs and EIs can take the second exam, called the Principles and Practice of Engineering.

Several states require engineers to take continuing education in order to keep their licenses. Most states recognize licenses from other states, as long as the other state’s licensing requirements meet or exceed their own licensing requirements.

Advancement

Beginning industrial engineers usually work under the supervision of experienced engineers. In large companies, new engineers also may receive formal training in classes or seminars. As beginning engineers gain knowledge and experience, they move on to more difficult projects with greater independence to develop designs, solve problems, and make decisions.

Eventually, industrial engineers may advance to become technical specialists, such as quality engineers or facility planners. In that role, they supervise a team of engineers and technicians. Obtaining a master’s degree facilitates such specialization and thus advancement.

Many industrial engineers move into management positions because the work they do is closely related to the work of managers. For more information, see the profile on architectural and engineering managers.

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Laser Engineer Demographics

Gender

  • Male

    82.6%
  • Unknown

    8.7%
  • Female

    8.7%

Ethnicity

  • White

    72.6%
  • Asian

    14.3%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    10.1%
  • Unknown

    2.6%
  • Black or African American

    0.3%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    33.3%
  • Japanese

    22.2%
  • Korean

    22.2%
  • Arabic

    11.1%
  • French

    11.1%
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Real Laser Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Engineer Principal, Optoelectronic Laser Engineer JDS Uniphase Corporation Milpitas, CA Sep 19, 2014 $144,755
Staff Laser Engineer Lumentum Operations LLC Milpitas, CA Oct 24, 2016 $136,000
Engineer Senior Laser Semiconductor JDS Uniphase Corporation San Jose, CA Jun 04, 2015 $119,000
Engineer Senior, Laser Engineer Lumentum Operations LLC Milpitas, CA Jan 09, 2016 $113,000
Laser Engineer EO Technics International Inc. Gilbert, AZ May 01, 2016 $110,739
SR. Laser Engineer Panasonic Corporation of North America Newton, MA Sep 18, 2011 $99,000
Senior Laser Engineer JDS Uniphase Milpitas, CA Mar 19, 2012 $98,155 -
$117,000
Senior Semiconductor Laser Engineer JDS Uniphase San Jose, CA Oct 01, 2011 $98,155 -
$117,000
Laser Engineer California Institute of Technology Pasadena, CA Jan 15, 2013 $97,375
Laser Engineer Talentlink, Inc. Des Moines, IA Feb 20, 2012 $96,000
SR. Laser Engineer Alcon Lensx, Inc. Aliso Viejo, CA Jun 04, 2012 $95,000 -
$105,000
Manufacturing Laser Engineer TYCO Healthcare Group LP Irvine, CA Aug 09, 2011 $91,000
Manufacturing Laser Engineer TYCO Healthcare Group LP Irvine, CA Aug 12, 2011 $91,000
Fiber Laser Engineer Thorlabs, Inc. Jessup, MD Oct 20, 2016 $90,176
Laser Engineer Polaronyx, Inc. San Jose, CA Feb 18, 2013 $90,000
Laser Engineer Lumentum Operations LLC Milpitas, CA Jul 28, 2016 $85,000
Fiber Laser Engineer Prima Electro North America LLC Chicopee, MA Jan 09, 2014 $84,000
Fiber Laser Engineer Prima Electro North America LLC Chicopee, MA Sep 01, 2014 $84,000
Laser Engineer Electro Scientific Industries, Inc. Fremont, CA Sep 27, 2010 $83,430
Reliability Laser Engineer Teradiode, Inc. Wilmington, MA Aug 23, 2016 $82,400
Laser Engineer AFL Telecommunications LLC Duncan, SC Aug 18, 2016 $71,219 -
$86,990
Geomatic Engineer--3D Laser Scanning Mollenhauer Group Los Angeles, CA Sep 30, 2009 $70,000
Laser Engineer Excel Technology, Inc. Setauket-East Setauket, NY Oct 01, 2010 $70,000
Industrial Laser Engineer, R & D Photonics Industries International, Inc. Bohemia, NY May 28, 2010 $70,000
Industrial Laser Engineer, R & D Photonics Industries International Bohemia, NY May 28, 2010 $70,000
Engineering Research Lead/High Power Laser Engineer University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI Jan 21, 2009 $67,200
Laser Engineer Photonics Industries International Inc. Bohemia, NY Oct 01, 2013 $62,525

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Top Skills for A Laser Engineer

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Top Laser Engineer Skills

  1. Glass Microlaser
  2. Laser Systems
  3. YAG
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Worked in manufacturing to help build key laser systems at quarter end.
  • Installed, inspected, calibrated, tested and troubleshot all types of control systems And industrial YAG lasers
  • Conducted training and preventative maintenance classes for customers.
  • Interfaced with laser technicians to optimize alignment techniques of ring OPO when used in training mode.
  • Assembled, operated, and maintained amplifier and optical systems.

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