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Robotics & Photonics Institute


Why Choose Robotics & Photonics?   — You'll be ready for a career in electronics engineering technology with expertise in robotics, photonics, and laser technologies.

Robots are used in ocean and space exploration, biomedical research, food processing, homeland security, and advanced manufacturing. In fact, the U.S. is the largest user of robotic equipment for flexible manufacturing.

You’ll also learn how lasers, fiber optics, and opto-electronics make up the world of photonics. Changing at the speed of light, photonics affects almost every industry with applications in laser eye surgery, “smart” missiles, fiber optic cable for Internet access, and CD and DVD recording. Industries such as telecommunications, medicine, manufacturing, national defense, space exploration, scientific research, and nanotechnology, depend on photonics to produce their next generation of products.

The Robotics and Photonics Institute will prepare you with the skills and knowledge necessary to install, service, maintain, troubleshoot and repair robotics and photonics systems.

The program also offers internships at local companies to help students get started on their career path even before completing the two-year degree.


Curriculum Course Guidelines:



Finish your degree in less than two years! Classes are held at the Kight Center for Emerging Technologies at the IRSC Main Campus in Fort Pierce - one of the most technologically sophisticated educational facilities in the country. You'll use the state-of-the-art robotics equipment in the Jerry M. Herold Advanced Manufacturing Suite and benefit from one of the nation's only college-level photonics / optics technology laboratories.

Join our day or evening cohort and complete the program in record time. The cohort moves as one group through the required courses and can finish the program in less than 2 years. Classes are guaranteed, ensuring a swift graduation.


Certificate Programs:

  • Laser-Photonics
  • Robotics-Manufacturing
  • Solar Energy
  • Tele-Communications
  • Biomedical Electronics
  • Computer Support Technology

Typical Career Options:

Automation Technician
Avionics Technician
Robotics Technician
Biomedical Technician
Semiconductor Manufacturing Technician

IRSC graduates have been hired by the following companies:
AT&T; Florida Power and Light; GE Medical; Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution; Harris Corporation; Infrared Associates; Northrop Grumman; Remetronics; RF Labs; Rockwell Collins; Sea Robotics; Siemens Medical; Vision Research; Witron Automation.

For further information on the degree program:

For program specific information, contact   For general IRSC information, call 1-866-792-4772 or email

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NSF The National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded a prestigious $2.9 million grant to Indian River State College to establish a highly sophisticated Lasers and Fiber Optics Regional Center to help meet the national need for skilled laser and fiber optics (LFO) technicians.

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