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This curriculum is designed to be flexible based on the student’s interests and needs. There are no prerequisites. All students will need to take the soldering and safety courses that introduce MSDS Safety Sheets, procedures for an accident / injury and understand, obey and follow all safety equipment guidelines. The instructor may assess the student to determine appropriate placement. Students may focus on one or several projects simultaneously. The projects are listed below and also include Basic Electronics, Basic Soldering, Surface Mount Soldering, Reflow, Beginning Microchips, schematic diagrams, robotics using steppers, LCDs, breadboarding etc.. The Internet, E-mail, and Employment Prep Activities are also available.

Electronics Classes

Soldering

Through Hole

Using a soldering Iron, Fluxes, breadboards, defining tombstoning, cold solders and reflow

No certificates are given for Through Hole Soldering - Employers will require their own soldering tests.
Advanced Soldering covers Micro boards and Microscope work

Surface Mount

This section is designed to teach a student to use the microscope to identify broken soldering pads on the PCBs, Multi layer boards, trace repair and reflow techniques.

No certificates are given for Surface Mount Soldering - All employers require their own soldering tests.

Basic Electronics

An introduction to the basic components, theory, Math and the hands on placement of items on breadboards and PCBs. Symbols and schematics are covered and beginning troubleshooting.

Certificates are given for Basic Electronics - Upon completion of projects

Introduction To AC Current

This section is designed to introduce students to the many features, purposes, and uses of AC. This teaches basic generation, transmission, theory and components of AC, as well as An introduction to the skills required for servicing and maintaining AC equipment such as (1) generators, (2) motors, (3) power tools, (4) wire lengths, and (5) finding and replacing bad components. Basic electricity is also learned; such as, (1) math, (2) theory, (3) three phase, (4) employment opportunities, (5) residential vs commercial electrician careers.

Certificates are given for Introduction to AC Current - Upon completion of the tests

Beginning Practical Electronics

Students learn to use such functions as logic in designing, collaboration on projects, thinking through a problem, templates, documentation, tooling and jigs. Termonology and creating white papers, studying and matching specification criteria, wireframe prototypes or mock ups, proof of concepts, parts orders and finally building a practical working models are required for this section. Students learn problem-solving techniques and document on the computer.

Introduction to Robotics

This section is designed to introduce students to the many features, purpose, and uses of Robotics. Students learn the basic elements of a robot and how to create movement and how to solve a problem using simple formulas, pseudocode or programming techniques to arrive at their own solution. This course teaches students how to innovate, arrive at their intrepretation of the solution using their creativity; and how to enhance the appearance of a project for commercial use.

Certificates are given for Introduction to Robotics - Upon completion of projects section

Intermediate Electronics

This section is designed to expand student’s knowledge in the many features and purposes of electronics, and uses Oscilloscopes and test equipment. The section is designed to teach students some of the advanced diagnosis and repair techniques. Working with repairable equipment from other students and working on the bench in real time with automated diagnostic equipment and software, repair tasks are among the skills to be mastered in this course. Customer relations and money management are also covered.

Introduction to Personal Computer (PC) Repair

This section is designed to introduce students to the many features and purposes of PCs, and uses softeware diagnostic utilities. The primary skill learned will be working toward A+ Certification. Students will learn to recognize components, have hands-on experiences with CPU, RAM, Motherboards, Drives and Network components.

Certificates are given for Introduction to Personal Computer Repair - Upon completion of course

Introduction to Arduino

This section is designed to introduce students to the many features and purposes of the Arduino world. Students will learn to switch components and talk to the boards using code, manipulate and tweak the programming to enable the use of a wide variety of peripherals, motors, sensors and output devices. Wireless, Tweat, automation and motor control are all covered here. Arduino and AdaFruit components, Code libraries and examples are used.

Certificates are given for Introduction to Arduino - Upon completion of projects

E-MAIL

Students will need to create an E-mail account and send E-mail messages, retrieve E-mail, and send E-mail with attachments. Specialized vocabulary related to E-mailing projects will be introduced. E-mail will be used ONLY for academic purposes.