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Photonics Engineers - 17-2199.07

O*NET-SOC Description

Design technologies specializing in light information or light energy, such as laser or fiber optics technology.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Algorithm Developer
  • Laser Engineer
  • Optical Design Engineer
  • Optical Engineer
  • Optical Specialist
  • Optical Systems Engineer
  • Optoelectronics Engineer
  • Research and Development Engineer (R and D Engineer)
  • Research Engineer

SOC Occupation Groups

17-0000 Architecture and Engineering Occupations
17-2000 Engineers
17-2190 Miscellaneous Engineers
17-2199.00 Engineers, All Other
17-2199.07 Photonics Engineers

Related Occupations


  • Analyze system performance or operational requirements.
  • Analyze, fabricate, or test fiber-optic links.
  • Assist in the transition of photonic prototypes to production.
  • Conduct research on new photonics technologies.
  • Conduct testing to determine functionality or optimization or to establish limits of photonics systems or components.
  • Create or maintain photonic design histories.
  • Design electro-optical sensing or imaging systems.
  • Design gas lasers, solid state lasers, infrared, or other light emitting or light sensitive devices.
  • Design laser machining equipment for purposes such as high-speed ablation.
  • Design or develop new crystals for photonics applications.
  • Design or redesign optical fibers to minimize energy loss.
  • Design photonics products, such as light sources, displays, or photovoltaics, to achieve increased energy efficiency.
  • Design solar energy photonics or other materials or devices to generate energy.
  • Design, integrate, or test photonics systems or components.
  • Determine applications of photonics appropriate to meet product objectives or features.
  • Determine commercial, industrial, scientific, or other uses for electro-optical applications or devices.
  • Develop laser-processed designs, such as laser-cut medical devices.
  • 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.
  • Develop photonics sensing or manufacturing technologies to improve the efficiency of manufacturing or related processes.
  • Document photonics system or component design processes, including objectives, issues, or outcomes.
  • Oversee or provide expertise on manufacturing, assembly, or fabrication processes.
  • Read current literature, talk with colleagues, continue education, or participate in professional organizations or conferences to keep abreast of developments in the field.
  • Select, purchase, set up, operate, or troubleshoot state-of-the-art laser cutting equipment.
  • Train operators, engineers, or other personnel.
  • Write reports or proposals related to photonics research or development projects.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Analyze operational data to evaluate operations, processes or products.
  • Create physical models or prototypes.
  • Design electronic or computer equipment or instrumentation.
  • Design energy production or management equipment or systems.
  • Design industrial processing systems.
  • Direct industrial production activities.
  • Document technical design details.
  • Fabricate devices or components.
  • Identify new applications for existing technologies.
  • Maintain operational records or records systems.
  • Operate industrial equipment.
  • Prepare detailed work plans.
  • Prepare proposal documents.
  • Prepare research or technical reports.
  • Purchase materials, equipment, or other resources.
  • Research advanced engineering designs or applications.
  • Select tools, equipment, or technologies for use in operations or projects.
  • Test performance of electrical, electronic, mechanical, or integrated systems or equipment.
  • Train personnel on proper operational procedures.
  • Update technical knowledge.
  • Write reports or evaluations.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Electronics Specialty (Coast Guard - Warrant Officer only)
  • Electronics Technician (Coast Guard - Enlisted)
  • Fire Controlman (AEGIS) (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Fire Controlman (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Scientific Applications Specialist (Air Force - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Electro-Optical Engineer