A laser engineer is an electrical engineer that specializes in the installation, operation, repair and maintenance of equipment that perform tasks with lasers and the lasers themselves. They perform research on new technology and then design, develop, and test the equipment to ensure it meets the safety requirements and standard performance measures.
Laser engineers can work in different industries including telecommunication, medicine, research and development, aerospace, manufacturing, industrial, the military, alternative energy and cosmetic industries. They work closely with engineers and other technicians to efficiently execute their duties. A successful laser engineer should have technical skills, interpersonal skills, collaborative skills, critical thinking skills, analytical skills, attention to detail and research skills.
Laser engineers mostly work in a laboratory setting. They work 40 hours a week Monday to Friday from 9 to 5. They may work late hours in instances where complex problems with equipment crop up.