This document establishes training guidelines applicable to aerospace technician in precision optics technical training for individuals involved in the manufacturing, installation, support, integration and testing of photonic systems. Precision optics technicians work in the technical area of optical component fabrication in optical shops for optics manufacturers, and in quality control departments (incoming and/or outgoing inspection) for organizations that incorporate precision optics into various systems. They must understand and be able to examine the properties and uses of a variety of bulk materials, have experience in the use of equipment and procedures for shaping polishing and coating precision optics, and the use optical instruments, procedures and guidelines for verifying optical component dimensions and tolerances. They can also handle, store and ship precision optical components. Applicable personnel include: Managers, Engineers, Technicians, Trainers/Instructors, Third Party Maintenance Agencies, Quality Assurance, and Production.
The aerospace industry has always required the highest standards of workmanship to be maintained. To ensure that the aerospace photonics industry adopts these same high standards, it is essential that minimum training and certification requirements be established. This document outlines the minimum training requirements for all personnel working as aerospace technicians in precision optics in accordance with aerospace industry best practices.