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“Affinity to Learn” Helps Photonics Technicians Advance

As a senior scientist with more than 30 years of experience in the Photonics and Quantum Sciences Department at L3Harris Technologies, Inc., Michael R. Lange leads a multidisciplinary group of 170 versatile employees that include photonics technicians; machinists; photonics, optical, electrical, mechanical, and chemical engineers; and PhD scientists. “We do a combination of research, engineering …

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National Lab Supervisor Explains What He Looks for When Hiring Technicians

John M. “Bud” Chesser, senior supervisor of the Advanced Coating and Vacuum Process Lab in the Materials Engineering Division of Lawrence Livermore National Lab, looks for two things when screening applications of entry-level technicians: basic mechanical skills and inquisitiveness. During interviews, he asks: “Did you take apart your parents’ drill motor and put it back …

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