Southeast Regional Center for Laser and Fiber Optics Education, LASER-TEC, founded by the National Science Foundation in 2013, is an association of community and state colleges, universities, high schools and technical centers, trade associations, and laser and fiber optic (LFO) companies.
LASER-TEC has its headquarters at Indian River State College, in Fort Pierce, Florida, and its service area covers the following eight Southeastern states: Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida.
The United States is the world’s leader in design, manufacturing, and export of complex laser-enabled equipment used in manufacturing, medicine, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, health care, and other fields.
The advancement of this technology is fueled by close and ongoing collaboration among colleges, universities, and the industry.
According to a National Academy of Sciences report, “Optics and Photonics: Essential Technologies for Our Nation,” 4.9 billion dollars’ worth of laser sales generated 7.5 trillion dollars of the U.S. gross domestic product in 2009 and 2010.
Jobs supporting this type of national technological advancement should not be internationally outsourced. It is vital that academic institutions, together with industry, foster the development of a highly-qualified workforce.
Technicians with training in lasers and fiber optics are in great demand across the United States. Specifically, the demand for laser and fiber optics technicians is 300% greater than the current graduation output of colleges in the Southeastern region. With higher-than-average starting salaries, ranging from $40,000 to $55,000, LFO technician jobs offer dynamic environments, technological challenges, and exciting work.
LASER-TEC invites academic and industry partners to join with us to help meet the demand for a trained laser and fiber optics workforce across the Southeastern United States.
To read our project summary click here.
To download the LASER-TEC informational flyer click here.