Best Practice Bulletins

As technology evolves, standards are not keeping up. They can take 5 years (or more!) to develop! Many technicians in the field could benefit from easy access to information in a format that works well on a phone or tablet. Best Practice Bulletins (BPB) can help fill these gaps. BPBs are an easy to understand application-specific document that you can view in an easy to understand format. While training is always needed, a refresher on your phone could mean the difference between success or failure!

Check out the full Best Practices Bulltetins presentation by ETA Executive Board member Bill Woodward, FOD, for a more in-depth overview.

1/26/16 Cleaning MIL-DTL-38999 Connectors - courtesy of Brian Teague and Microcare
6/7/16 Enhancing Cybersecurity Through Strong Password Creation - by Bryan Allen, CSM, CSS
5/18/17 Maintaining Cleanliness of High Density Connectors - courtesy of Brian Teague and Microcare


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Photonics and Precision Optics

Employment Resources
Reference & Training Materials
SPIE publications in their “Field Guide” series. They are mainly aimed at engineers, but they could be useful to technicians also:
SPIE open access self-study resources: Fundamentals of Photonics, 10 tutorial modules written by experts, part of a project funded by the Center for Occupational Research and Development (CORD) and the Scientific and Technological Education in Optics and Photonics (STEP), and supported by SPIE and other organizations.
Optipedia, a collection of encyclopedic articles on key topics in optics and photonics. Text, equations, and graphs were originally published in SPIE Press books.
  • LIGHT: Introduction to Optics and Photonics text written by Professors Judy Donnelly and Nick Massa. The most current version of the book is available for purchase on as a PDF download, color hardcover and softcover and black and white softcover.
  • Optics for Engineers.  Charles A. DiMarzio, CRC Press, 2011, ISBN:978-1-4398-0725-5.
  • Optical Communications Essentials by Gerd Keiser (McGraw-Hill, 2003) ISBN: 0071412042
  • Understanding Lasers: An Entry-Level Guide (3rd Edition) by Jeff Hecht (Wiley/IEEE Press, 2008) ISBN: 0708310055
  • Optics by Eugene Hecht (4th Edition) (Addison Wesley, 2001) ISBN: 08053-8566-5
  • Basic Electro-Optics for Electrical Engineers by Glenn Boreman (SPIE Press, 1998) ISBN: 081942806X


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