Electronics and Telecommunications: Fundamentals of Electronics

  • Dan Retzinger - Instructor


    Mr. Retzinger has a professional teacher certification with endorsements in biology, physical science, and math. He holds several industry certifications including BICSI Technician, Fiber Optics Installer, General Communications Technician - Level 2, Microwave Radio Technician, Senior Certified Electronics Technician. He also has a 100-Ton U.S. Coast Guard Master License, Commercial Driver’s License, and is certified in First Aid/CPR.


    In his 20+ year career with ASD, Mr. Retzinger served as a Technology Coordinator at SAVE High, and a biology and physical science teacher at East High. He got his start with electronics and telecommunications in the US Army Reserves 1991-98. While attending college, he was a production supervisor at Chart Industries from 1996-2001. He also was a charter fishing guide from 2008-16.


    Mr. Retzinger has been awarded the ASD Denali Award in 2012, and ASD Coach of the Year in 2010. He coached rifle team at East High for 11 years.


    Grade level 11-12. One semester. Prerequisite: Algebra I with a grade of “C” or higher.


    Why take this course?


    · Use the same equipment as industry professionals to construct and analyze electronic circuits

    · Develop valuable troubleshooting skills applicable to high-tech careers

    · Solder printed circuit boards and DC wiring

    · Hone your skills for immediate employment, industry certifications and further education for a wide variety of technical careers


    This is a hands-on course that emphasizes basic electronics theory and application, including basic AC and DC circuits, semi-conductor technology, electrical safety, series and parallel circuits, electrical and electronic components, circuit diagrams, electrical wiring, soldering, proper tool and test equipment usage.


    Students can earn electronics certifications, from the Electronics Technicians Association, upon successful course competition and passing ETA's certification exams.





    Credits and Certifications

    .5 Math

    .5 Physical Science

    .5 Elective



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