Electronics and Telecommunications: Digital Electronics

  • 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 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 digital electronic circuits
    • Develop valuable troubleshooting skills applicable to high-tech careers
    • Design digital circuits to invent clever solutions to real -world scenarios
    • Hone your skills for immediate employment, industry certifications, and access to a wide variety of technical careers



    This is a project-based, hands-on course where students design and construct digital circuits to solve real-world scenarios.  Topics of study include Boolean logic, semi-conductor technology, truth tables, logic diagrams, digital circuit design and construction, electrical safety, proper tool usage, soldering, test equipment, and electronic components.


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


    Credits and Certifications


    .5 Math

    .5 Physical Science

    .5 Elective



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