Hugues Auger completed a college diploma in physical technology at Cégep de La Pocatière in 1988. He then joined the Institut national d’optique (INO) as a technologist. He was involved in all stages of product manufacturing, from planning to final inspection. He trains existing staff and is responsible for a fleet of equipment. He became familiar with a variety of specialised equipment and measuring devices. In 2009, he joined the NSERC Industrial Chair in Optical Design at Université Laval. His extensive expertise in diffractive optics, lithography, microengraving, microfabrication, and characterisation is put to good use in his new role. He is also the technologist in charge of the optical assembly and characterisation laboratory, as well as the optical component manufacturing laboratory.