On the Job
Photonics Engineers design technology that involves light energy or information, such as laser or fiber optic technology. They may design or test photonics systems or analyze the performance of systems. They may also do research and write reports.
Typical Work Tasks
People who work in this career often:
- Select tools, equipment, or technologies for use in operations or projects.
- Analyze operational data to evaluate operations, processes or products.
- Research advanced engineering designs or applications.
- Create physical models or prototypes.
- Design electronic or computer equipment or instrumentation.
- Design energy production or management equipment or systems.
- Design industrial processing systems.
- Document technical design details.
- Maintain operational records or records systems.
- Prepare proposal documents.
Typical Working Conditions
- Using e-mail.
- Working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions.
- Working with a group or team.
- The importance of being accurate or exact.
- Freedom to make decisions without supervision.
- High levels of competition.
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