ERIC Number: ED255760
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: 0
Laser Applications: Implications for Vocational Education.
Fraser, Jeannette L.
Recent and projected advances in and commercial applications of lasers and laser technology were examined in order to assist vocational planners in responding to skill needs that will be created by lasers in the next few years. Until recently, most laser applications were in research and development settings; however, in the last several years lasers have gained widespread acceptance in such commercial settings as the manufacturing, medical, entertainment, printing, and communications industries. For the remainder of the decade, it is expected that commercial laser sales will average a 20 to 25 percent growth rate. The increasingly widespread application of lasers suggests that postsecondary schools may wish to begin programs to train laser electro-optics technicians (LEOTs). Those planning such programs should be sure to identify employer demand for LEOTs, attain a strong financial commitment for equipment and facilities, and recruit qualified faculty. (MN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. National Center for Research in Vocational Education.