Electronics and Telecommunications: Telecommunications

  • 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. 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 a modern telecommunications network
    • Develop hands-on cabling skills applicable to high-tech careers
    • Install copper and fiber optic cables and wireless communications equipment
    • Hone your kills for immediate employment, industry certifications, and further education to unlock your future



    This is a hands-on course where students install and test data cabling and equipment to build a functional telecommunications network.  Topics of study include fundamentals of data transmission and networking, low-voltage copper data cabling, fiber optics cabling, wireless communications, cable testing and troubleshooting, proper tool usage, and customer service.


    Students can earn electronics certifications, from the Electronics Technicians Association, upon successful course competition and passing ETA's certification exams (including the hands-on portion of the exam).  Students may enjoy advanced standing at other post-secondary institutions. 



    Credits and Certifications


    .5 Math

    .5 Physical Science

    .5 Elective

    Opportunity for direct entry into NECA/IBEW telecommunications

    College credit available


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