Monday, October 1, 2012

Help Update the National Precision Optics Skill Standard for Technicians


Help Update the National Precision Optics
Skill Standards for Technicians


The National Center for Optics and Photonics Education (OP-TEC) ( has the responsibility for maintaining the relevancy and currency of the National Precision Optics Skill Standards for Technicians (NPOSST). Through this e-mail, we are requesting that you assist us in meeting this responsibility.

If you are a Precision Optics professional, please go to our NPOSST technical review page At this link, the NPOSST is presented along with a secure survey where you can review and comment on the standards accuracy in defining the required skills technicians must possess to successfully work in today's precision optics industry. This survey should not take more than 15 minutes to complete.

If you are not a Precision Optics professional, but know of professionals in this industry, please forward this communication to them.

OP-TEC originally developed the NPOSST in 2009 and received endorsements from the American Precision Optics Manufacturers Association (APOMA), Florida Photonics Cluster, and Rochester Regional Photonics Cluster. These standards are being used throughout the U.S. to establish curriculum for educating precision optics technicians and for assisting precision optics companies in hiring and evaluating these technicians. 

Your input is very important to keeping these standards on target and ensuring the U.S. technician workforce in the precision optics industry stays competitive with its world competitors.  Your input will be reviewed and used in developing the next generation of these standards.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. John Souders,

NSFNSF/ATE National Center of Excellence

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