The goal of the Engineering Technology pathway is to ensure that all students will have hands on experience in building/trouble shooting circuits and be a part of the collaborated classes. Students will be eligible to earn credits through Los Rios Community College. The desired outcome is that they become educated and responsible leaders in a democratic society.
Career academies are small learning communities within larger high schools, enrolling students in grades 10-12. Each year students take classes together, including core academic subjects and at least one career-technical course related to the academy's career theme. A team of teachers works with the same group of students over several years, linking instruction across disciplines and over time.
Students will learn to use different electronic equipment, master industry standard soldering skills, as well as be able to demonstrate critical thinking and trouble shooting skills. All of these are the key skills required by industry. Students can choose to be a part of the ACE mentoring program after school. This will help them to learn more about the engineering fields and participate in relevant fieldtrips that add to their knowledge base of Architecture, Construction and Engineering. The Mentors bring real world, modern experience to the program which allows the students to get current information about the trades industry.
Electronic circuits and theory has an emphasis on construction. Students acquire extensive knowledge and skill with tools, machines and instruments used in building a variety of electronic devices. Instruction is primarily project-based in that students design and construct a strobe light using etching and tinning process, Christmas tree, burglar alarm, and breadboard circuits. Students learn about solar cells and its applications and build solar charger notebooks. Within the realm of semi-conductor theory, students will have a broad study of diodes, transistors, logic gates, truth tables and Boolean Equation to prep them for the Digital Electronics Class. This course is UC/CSU A-G approved.
In this course, students will learn to recognize and design both direct and alternating current circuity. Emphasis will be on the use of the oscilloscope, function generator and frequency counter. Stress will also be placed on understanding and using the mathematical formulas necessary for the design and function of electric/electronic circuits. Students will also work towards getting an IPC certification for the SMT and THT soldering techniques. There will be an opportunity for students to work with Grid Alternatives to build solar panels on houses in the community. Students earn four units of community college credit through Sacramento Community College when students achieve 80% or higher in this course and on the final exam.
This course is based on the principles and laws of traditional electronics and electrical theory. Digital Electronics and embedded micro-computers are in every product that is either plugged into a wall or operated by batteries, and is therefore a technology that all people are exposed to in their daily lives. Students will begin with a study of basic electrical theory then move on to learn the basic principles and theories of digital circuits on Multisim. The curriculum embraces the educational tenets of project based learning. Students earn five units of community college credit through Sacramento Community College when students achieve 80% or higher in the course and on the final exam. This course is UC/CSU A-G approved.
CMOS Mask Design (optional)
This course is an entry level integrated circuit (IC) layout and design in CMOS (Complimentary Metal Oxide Silicon) technology. Practical experience in drawing Logic diagrams, transistor level schematics, cross-sectional views, STIK diagrams, and in converting STIKS to the actual layout of the layers that will be used to manufacture the IG. The course stresses application of design rules, area estimation, and pin and bus placements. This course is UC/CSU A-G approved.