Career Profile:

Optical Engineer


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Work type:

full-time, self-employed

Most likely to work in:

Across the province, Halifax

Most employees have:

Bachelor's Degree


Professional Engineer Certificate

What you do

Optical engineering is concerned with design of optical instruments such as lenses, microscopes, telescopes, and other equipment that utilizes the properties of light using physics and chemistry.

In the oceans technology sector, optics engineers would play a role in the design and fabrication of sensors, lenses and cameras that would be part of equipment such as ROVS, gliders and submarines.

An Optical Engineer performs some or all of the following duties:

  • Design lenses for underwater purposes
  • Supervise technicians and other team members
  • Create models/programs to test performance of lenses
  • Evaluate and troubleshoot mechanical failures

What you need

  • Math & Physics
  • Attention to detail
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Fabrication

Who might be hiring?

Your Career Pathway

Opportunities for Hands-on Experience

Secondary School
Options and Opportunities (O2) Program
Physics 11 and 12

Post-Secondary Educational Programs

Professional Engineer Certification

After getting your Bachelor of Engineering, you will need to be admitted as an Engineer in Training (EIT) by an Association of Professional Engineers in Canada. Once you have completed 4 years of suitable work experience, you may apply to become a professional engineer.

Graduate Programs