Grade level 11-12. May be taken 4 times with a grade of “C” or better to advance. Prerequisite: Algebra I with a grade of “C” or higher. Twelve college credits possible with UAA/KPC.
This course integrates extensive hands-on activities with math and interactive computer programs to emphasize basic electronics theory and application. Students can earn college credits and electronics certifications that may be given upon successful course completion and students may enjoy advanced standing at other post-secondary institutions.
Each semester the subject matter is different and cumulative. Electronics & Telecommunications 1 and 2 can be used for science, math, and elective credit.
1st semester: Personnel skills to include careers, business ethics, and dealing with customers. Basic D.C. electricity which includes safety, soldering, schematics, series & parallel circuits, tools, components, cabling and test equipment.
2nd semester: Complex D.C. circuits, digital electronics, intro to A.C., wireless communication and fiber optics.
3rd semester: Advanced A.C., advanced digital circuits, analog circuits. Student electronic apprentice certification possible.
4th semester: Usually OJT and/or special advanced projects.
Credits and Certifications
.5 Physical Science
Opportunity for direct entry into NECA/IBEW telecommunications
Tech prep available
Dan Retzinger - Instructor
Mr. Retzinger has professional teacher certification in Biology and Physical Science with math endorsements. He is a Certified Fiber Optics Installer (FOI), a General Communications Technician - Level 1 (GCI-1), and an Associate Certified Electronics Technician (CETa). He has a 50-ton U.S. Coast Guard Master License and is certified in First Aid/CPR. He was Technology Coordinator at SAVE High, and a biology and physical science teacher at East High. He was in the US Army Reserves 1991-1998, and a production supervisor for Chart Industries, 1996-2001. He is currently a charter boat captain.
He has been awarded the ASD Denali Award in 2012, and ASD Coach of the Year in 2010. Mr. Retzinger is married with 2 children; is an avid saltwater fisherman and boater. He coached rifle team at East High for 11 years.