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Career in Photonics Engineering

Updated: Jun 7, 2020



WHO IS A PHOTONICS ENGINEER?

A Photonic engineer is someone who creates and improves systems and products that use photonics – lasers, optics, Fiber optics and imaging. They check for efficiency by testing to see if the system functions properly.

WHAT DOES A PHOTONICS ENGINEER DO?

A Photonic engineer designs technology specializing in light information or light energy, such as laser or fiber optics technology . The duties and responsibilities of a Photonic engineer includes :

· Analyze system performance or operational requirements.

· Develop optical or imaging systems, such as optical imaging products, optical components, image processes, signal process technologies, or optical systems.

· Develop or test photonic prototypes or models.

WHAT IS THE WORKPLACE OF A PHOTONICS ENGINEER LIKE?

Most photonics engineers work for large telecommunications firms, optical fiber producers, and manufacturing plants. They generally work in clean, modern buildings. They may also travel to locations where lasers need to be installed and maintained. Work hours are the typical 40-hour workweek; however, overtime is sometimes necessary when deadlines for research projects must be met.

KNOWLEDGE AREAS THAT NEED TO BE ACQUIRED

· Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.


· Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.


· Physics - Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.


· Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.


· Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

SKILLS AND ABILITIES

Skills

· Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

· Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.


· Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.


· Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.


· Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.


Abilities

· Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.


· InductiveReasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).


· Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).


· Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.


· Mathematical Reasoning - The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.

DETAILED WORK ACTIVITIES

The detailed work activities of a Photonics engineer include:analyze operational data to evaluate operations, processes or products,Design electronic or computer equipment or instrumentation, Test performance of electrical, electronic, mechanical, or integrated systems or equipment,create physical models or prototypes, Prepare detailed work plans.

The other work activities are :

· Interacting with Computers - Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.


· Making Decisions and Solving Problems - Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.


· Analyzing Data or Information - Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.


· Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.


· Processing Information - Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.

PERSONALITY


Work Styles

· Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.


· Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.


· Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.


· Innovation - Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.


· Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.


Work Values

· Achievements - Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.

· Independence - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.


· Working Conditions - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.

EDUCATION

A candidate having Bachelor’s degree with Mathematics and physics can pursue MSc in Photonics or Optoelectronics. With MSc in Physics or Photonics, one can pursue M.tech/M.Phil/PhD in the field.


Some of the Major Indian Institutes offering Photonics courses:

· THEINTERNATIONALSCHOOLOFPHOTONICS , CUSAT (COCHINUNIVERSITYOFSCIENCE&TECHNOLOGY ), KERALA.

· INDIANINSTITUTEOFTECHNOLOGY , MADRAS .

· MANIPAL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY , KARNATAKA.

· INDIANINSTITUTEOFTECHNOLOGY , DELHI .

· PERIYAR EVRCOLLEGE (AFFILIATEDTOBHARATHIDASANUNIVERSITY ), TAMILNADU .

· RAJARSHISHAHUMAHAVIDYALAYA ,DEPARTMENTOFPHOTONICS , LATUR , MAHARASHTRA .

JOBOUTLOOK

Scientists, engineers and technicians with relevant qualification and experience of phonetics are in great demand in today’stechno-savvy world. Making a career in Photonics is exciting and rewarding. The salary of a Phonetics researchers and scientists in India is in the range of Rs.20,000 – Rs.30,000 except other perks and benefits.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Is Photonics a good career?

As careers go, picking photonics is a goodmove because Photonics is finding applications in just about every industry. "A prerequisite to positioning yourself for opportunities is to become a capablephotonics engineer." The pay is pretty good as well.

How can one become a Photonics engineer?

It usually takes four to five years to earn a bachelor's degree in engineering. Certain positions in the laser and fiber-optics profession, such as optical designer, require an advanced degree. You can obtain a master's degree in one or two years of additional full-time study.


What is a Photonics technician?

Photonics technicians work with fiber optic equipment and optical equipment, including lasers, pulse generators, lenses and microscopes. They are also responsible for maintaining fiber optic and optical equipment.


What is the difference between Photonics and Optics?

Lenses, mirrors, prisms, beamsplitters, windows, and other such items are considered "optics". The basic principles of the field are considered a sub-branch of Physics.Photonics is primarily concerned with the generation, "processing", and sensing of light.Both fields fundamentally deal with "manipulating" light.


What is Photonics Science?

Photonics is an area of study that involves the use of radiant energy (such as light), whose fundamental element is the photon. Photonic applications use the photon in the same way that electronic applications use the electron. Devices that run on light have a number of advantages over those that use electricity.

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