Opto-Mechanical Design and Applications

Course Description

Opto-mechanical design brings together the many components required to build optical, electro-optical and IR hardware. This is the part of the engineering cycle where all design concepts are expected to be resolved into real-world components that can be either bought or built. Critical components include the tolerancing and fabrication limitations of optical components, alignment mechanisms and go-or-no-go decisions on their use, structural design as it applies to low-strain lens and mirror mounts as well as kinematic mounts and alignment and structural vibrations under sinusoidal and random PSD loads.

Available Classroom Sections

Start Date End Date Registration Deadline Format Location Cost CRN
Section Details Jun 26, 2018 Jun 28, 2018 Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 23:59 Classroom Las Vegas, Nevada $1,695 18304
Section Details Oct 2, 2018 Oct 4, 2018 Tuesday, October 2, 2018 - 23:59 Classroom Atlanta, Georgia $1,695 18275
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CRN Start date End date Format Location Cost
15227 May 19, 2015 May 21, 2015 Classroom Atlanta, Georgia $1,695
16092 Sep 27, 2016 Sep 29, 2016 Classroom Atlanta, Georgia $1,695
17432 Jul 18, 2017 Jul 20, 2017 Classroom Las Vegas, Nevada $1,695
17033 Sep 26, 2017 Sep 28, 2017 Classroom Atlanta, Georgia $1,695

Special Discounts

GTRI employees are eligible for a discount on this course.  If you are a GTRI employee, please go to https://webwise.gtri.gatech.edu/talent-management/organizational-development and look under “GT Professional Development” for a coupon code to use when checking out.

Note: Coupon codes must be applied during checkout and cannot be redeemed after your checkout is complete. Only one coupon code can be used per shopping cart.

Who Should Attend

Engineers, scientists, technicians and managers who are developing, specifying or purchasing optical, electro-optical and infrared systems

How You Will Benefit

  • Learn the terminology, concepts and basic systems requirements of opto-mechanical design.

  • Understand the tolerancing and fabrication limitations of optical components.

  • Develop optical component drawings using the ISO 10110 standard.

  • Evaluate alignment mechanisms and their limitations.

  • Estimate structural static-loading effects on the performance of an optical system.

  • Use PSD curves to estimate dynamic-loading effects.

  • Estimate thermal effects on the performance of an optical system.

  • Select typical commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) components for alignment, lens mounting, thermal management and shock and vibration control.

  • Utilize the results of an integrated structural-thermal-optical (STOP) analysis.


  • Key optical concepts

  • Ray tracing

  • Lens prescriptions

  • Fabrication: Tolerancing, fabrication limitations, component drawings using ISO 10110

  • Alignment: Typical alignment errors, sources of component tilt, decenter, despace, defocus, alignment mechanisms and their limitations

  • Structural design (statics): Distortion and deflection of components under static loads, kinematic mounts, low-strain lens and mirror mounts, stress concentrators, materials selection

  • Structural design (dynamics): Structural vibrations under sinusoidal and random loads, PSD curves, line-of-sight jitter, shock and vibration isolation, typical COTS components

  • Thermal design: Heat sources, conduction, convection, radiation, thermal expansion, thermo-optic effects, active cooling and typical COTS components

  • System design: STOP analysis, wavefront and LOS error budgets

For Course-Related Questions

Please contact the course administrator: James Teague, Ph.D.