Laser and photonics technology is a high tech program focusing its instruction on understanding the application of electronic, fiber optic, photonic, and laser principles. An emphaisis on hands-on learning prepares students for real-world projects and practical applications.
According to department faculty, this focus on application of knowledge rather than theory leads to a better understanding of the work environment and the utilization of new technologies in a variety of industrial, medical and business settings.
While four-year university instruction focuses a majority of time on theory, the LPT program at CCCC instructs students on theory, but uses the majority of its instruction time in a variety of lab environments where theory is put into action.
Successful students tend to enjoy problem solving. They like working with their hands, learning how things work, and have an interest in math and science.
Lasers and photonic technologies are utilized in a variety of fields.
Graduates find jobs in fields that vary from medicine to manufacturing. While jobs are available locally, graduates with a willingness to relocate will find many opportunities for advancement. CCCC LPT graduates are working across America.
Most graduates earn starting salaries in the range of $30,000 annually. Some, depending upon previous experience and credentials, are earning as much as $60,000 a year. Graduates are employed as laser technicians, manufacturing test technicians, fiber optic, field service, and electronics technicians.
Many jobs are now available in the medical field where graduates utilize their skills in biophotonic medical applications. Biophotonics is an emerging field where lasers and light are used in medical procedures and treatments. LPT graduates are employed to install, maintain, and repair biophotonic medical equipment.
The program, offered at the Harnett Campus in Lillington, NC, is designed to be completed in two years. Instructional facilities include two state-of-the-art electronics labs along with four high-powered laser labs, plus high tech, Internet-ready classrooms.
Students successfully completing the Laser and Photonics Technology Program will be able to: