Laser Systems Technician, A.A.S.

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Council Bluffs Campus

Program Information

The Laser Systems Technician AAS 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 Technician program is the study of lasers and optics.  Students will gain working knowledge and skills of electronic and electromechanical devices/systems, combined with specialty knowledge and skills in photonics.  Through lab experiences students will be able to efficiently and effectively repair, operate, maintain, and calibrate photonic subsystems, and then integrate these subsystems into full systems. This program prepares students for a technical level career in lasers in four primary electronic fields: computers, telecommunications, biomedical electronics, and industrial electronics. Graduates of this program are awarded an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree.


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

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First Semester

ELT 215 - Motors and Controls 2.0 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)
ELT 196 - Circuit Analysis I 5.0 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 201 - Circuit Analysis II 5.0 Credit(s)

Semester Total: 16.0 Credits

Third Semester

LEO 340 - Laser Systems and Applications I 5.0 Credit(s)
ELT 523 - Electronic Devices 4.0 Credit(s)
ENG 110 - Writing For The Workplace 3.0 Credit(s)
SOC 110 - Introduction to Sociology 3.0 Credit(s)

Semester Total: 15.0 Credits

Fourth Semester

ELT 432 - Telecommunications 4.0 Credit(s)
ELT 433 - Telecommunications Lab 1.0 Credit(s)
ATR 113 - Industrial Robotics 3.0 Credit(s)
ATR 114 - Industrial Robotics Lab 2.0 Credit(s)
LEO 450 - Laser Systems and Applications II 5.0 Credit(s)
MGT 195 - Workplace Empowerment 3.0 Credit(s)

Semester Total: 18.0 Credits

Total Semester Hours Required 65.0


1 May substitute with MAT 102 or higher.


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Program Outcomes

Upon the successful completion of the program students will:

  • Create processes that efficiently identify problems and effectively use available resources to propose solutions.
  • Develop a self-directed learning style that is able to adapt to changing technology.
  • Demonstrate and use fundamental aspects of the photonics technologies.
  • Demonstrate procedures and skills in laboratory processes and maintenance.
  • Maintain and integrate photonics systems into manufacturing, biomedical, and research laboratory and processes.
  • Demonstrate and use the fundamental aspects of electronic technologies.

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