Someone who is trained to install and maintain low voltage structured cabling, surveillance, alarm systems, and security systems is referred to as a low voltage technician. The term “low voltage” here means any system that has a voltage below 50 volts so there is little to no risk of shock or fire accidents.
Since low voltage wiring is used in pretty much everything from data centers and surround-sound audio systems to landscape lighting to doorbells and garage door opener remotes, there is a high demand for expert technicians who know how to install, service, modify and repair these different systems.
This is a fast-growing industry with plenty of opportunities and if you have the aptitude for it, the following tips can help you score a good job:
Set Yourself Apart with Skills
You don’t need a college degree to become a low voltage technician – only a high school diploma and a state certification or license (accreditation varies by state). And every technician uses the same techniques and tools to perform their job. So how do you stand out from the competition?
The best way to do it is to showcase additional skills. This could be your knowledge of National Electrical Code, OSHA safety standards, Electronic Industries Alliance, and Building Industry Consulting Service International. Since these standards are optional, you show significant initiative by adding them to your skillset. If you have a degree in computer networking, IT, or electrical engineering, put that on your resume too.
In talking with our members – all structured cabling pros – here at Low Voltage Nation, we have found that some of the qualifications that companies look for are:
- Working knowledge of communications, control, video, and audio systems
- Ability to read and grasp line and schematic diagrams
- Experience with fiber including LC and SC connectors, anaerobic connectors, and splicing
- Experience in putting together patch panels and server racks
- Experience with closet work, rack, and stack work
- Experience bending/running conduit with testing cable and digital multi-meters
- Troubleshooting networking issues
Hone Your Ability to Use Different Hand Tools
When you work in the low voltage industry, you are expected to have a few basic tools like crimping pliers, wire strippers, screwdriver with multiple tips, tweaking screwdriver, and a cordless drill. Keep in mind that the type of tools you may require will vary depending on what low-voltage system is your specialty. For example, installing and repairing automatic gate systems requires a couple of different tools than installing an entertainment center.
If you have experience using a variety of hand tools and power tools to repair equipment, install fixtures, and repair wiring, add that to your resume. Hiring managers really value a technician who is proficient in using extensive hand and power tools in all kinds of settings – outside, inside, residential, commercial, bad weather, and so on.
Experience with a multitude of tools also shows that you know how to put in the effort necessary to complete a task. That’s something hiring managers love to see in a candidate.
Get in Touch With a Recruiter
Working with a professional staffing agency or recruiter who helps low voltage technicians connect with employers is the fastest way to land a job you’ll love. Since this is an exceptionally specific field, an experienced recruiter is likely to have personal connections with clients who are looking for people like you.
They will not only ease your job search but also give you valuable feedback and insights throughout the interview process. Most recruiters also negotiate on their candidates’ behalf at the offer stage which can be a huge bonus especially if you don’t have a lot of experience.
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