Laser Engineer

Laser Engineers develop, design and produce state of the art lasers for use in a variety of situations. For example they could be involved in a range of products from the development of new laser eye surgery processes to weapons, communications or illuminator technology for the Defence Force. It is essential for Laser Engineers to have excellent theoretical and practical knowledge in lasers, optics and quantum electronics. They are often involved with designing, testing, troubleshooting and qualifying laser systems including defining problems, analysing possible influences and solutions, gather information, etc, on systems incorporating, but not limited to, optical testing equipment, optical parametric oscillators and harmonic generation systems.

Positions are available in a wide range of organisations from research companies and institutions, to the Defence Force, to government and private facilities. Post graduate qualifications, a minimum at either masters or diploma level are required for this type of position. Laser Engineers need to be innovative and motivated, have project management and communication skills, work well individually, as a team member, and under time constraints.