Laser Systems Diploma

Academic Programs

Career Path

Industrial Technology

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Degree, Certificate or Diploma


Council Bluffs Campus

Program Information

The Laser Systems Diploma program prepares  individuals to apply basic engineering principles and technical skills in support of engineers and other professionals engaged in developing and using lasers and other optical for commercial or research purposes. Includes instruction in laser and optical principles, testing and maintenance procedures, safety precautions, specific applications to various tasks, and report preparation.

Job Outlook

368 Jobs (2020)

+3.0% Change from 2020-2025

Data is from the Omaha Metropolitans Area, and the seven counties in Southwest Iowa that Iowa Western serves

What will you do

The Laser Systems Diploma program is the study of lasers and optics in the manufacturing industry. Students gain working knowledge and skills of electronics, with basic knowledge and skills in lasers and optics.  This program prepares students to enter a technical level career in electronics with a basic understanding of photonics.  Graduates of this program are awarded a diploma.


  • Entry: $22.77
  • Average:$30.34
  • Experienced: $47.51

Career Examples

  • Fiber Technicians
  • Production Technicians
  • Laboratory Technicians
  • NDT Technicians
  • Field Technicians
  • Production Operators
  • Assistant Technicians
  • Facilities Technicians

First Semester

ELT 215 - Motors and Controls 2.0 Credit(s)
ELT 196 - Circuit Analysis I 5.0 Credit(s)
IND 109 - Equipment Safety and Operation 3.0 Credit(s)
IND 197 - Industrial Engineering Technology Orientation 3.0 Credit(s)
MAT 743 - Technical Math 1 3.0 Credit(s)

Semester Total: 16.0 Credits

Second Semester

LEO 360 - Lasers in Manufacturing 3.0 Credit(s)
LEO 230 - Fundamentals of Light and Lasers 5.0 Credit(s)


NET 790 - PC Support I 3.0 Credit(s)


ELT 250 - Programmable Logic Controllers and 3.0 Credit(s)
ELT 251 - Programmable Logic Controllers Lab 2.0 Credit(s)


ELT 201 - Circuit Analysis II 5.0 Credit(s)

Semester Total: 16.0-18.0 Credits

Total Semester Hours Required 32.0


1 May substitute with MAT 102 or higher.


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Program Outcomes

Upon the successful completion of the program students will:

  • Demonstrate and use fundamental aspects of photonics technologies.
  • Demonstrate procedures and skills in laboratory processes and maintenance.
  • Maintain and integrate photonics systems into manufacturing, biomedical, and research laboratory processes.
  • Demonstrate and use the fundamental aspects of electronic technologies.

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