Electronics and Telecommunications: Telecommunications

  • 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 a modern telecommunications network

    · Develop hands-on cabling skills applicable to high-tech networking careers

    · Install copper and fiber optic cables and wireless communications equipment

    · Hone your skills for immediate employment, industry certifications, and further education to unlock your future


    This is a hands-on course where students install and test copper and fiber optic data cabling, essential to modern telecommunications networks. Topics of study include fundamentals of data transmission, IP networking, low-voltage copper data cabling, fiber optics cabling, wireless communication technologies, cable testing and troubleshooting, proper tool usage, and customer service.


    Credits and Certifications

    .5 Math

    .5 Physical Science

    .5 Elective


    Opportunity for direct interview with NECA/IBEW telecommunications apprenticeship.


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