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Start New Job On Monday

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by XXL, Feb 2, 2014.

  1. XXL

    XXL Supporting Member

    Jun 14, 2007
    Well I'm starting a new job/career on Monday doing pre-wiring for security systems for commercial buildings. I have no experience in this but was told I will be trained. I got a list of tools and safety items to get which I have.. Ive tried looking up some guides and things to get a bit of a headstart on the lingo and equipment to use, but all I can find are books to buy or for DIY home installing. Can anyone with experience and or knowledge in this field help me out with some guides, hints, links, anything. Id just like to be on top of everything come Monday morning.
  2. Hi,
    I used to do security system installations, but things will be different in your area.

    I assume there will be someone who will show you the ropes, listen to what they say and ask if you are unsure. Nothing worse than having to undo hours of work and start over because you were afraid to ask.

    Make certain the cables are marked at each end, and not just at the very end, but a foot or so from the end in case they get cut off.

    Work around the other trades and respect their work.

    Be careful working on ladders, and take care of your hands!

    Good luck
  3. Can't help you with any specifics, but good luck!
  4. Congratulations! The security field is actually pretty good to get into as it is licensed and regulated in most states. I worked closely with Security Alarm companies a few times while I was doing voice and data networking in Texas.

    Your profile says that you are located in California, so you might want to read up on CA's licensing requirements that you will want to understand: http://www.bsis.ca.gov/industries_regulated/alarm.shtml

    Also, EIA/TIA-862 covers Structured Cabling for Building Control Systems which covers Security and Access Control - here's an article that covers the basics of it and will lead to more linking and Googling on your part: http://www.mohawk-cable.com/support/ansi-tia-eia-862.html . Keep in mind that this is "big picture" stuff that probably won't make much sense to you right now, but will be useful later on.

    As for hints, tips, and tricks...every install is going to be different so learn from the guys who have been doing it for a while, don't be afraid to ask questions if you are unsure of your tasks, and don't be a butt-head.

    Other than that, have fun! I liked doing Telecom in the construction field and may be returning to it here in Seattle. Security is actually easier, labor-wise; it pays better, and once you are licensed you can negotiate more money :)


    MAJOR METAL HARVESTER OF SORROW Staff Member Supporting Member

    All the best with your new gig!
  6. XXL

    XXL Supporting Member

    Jun 14, 2007
    Thanks everyone, I appreciate the support. Thanks for the links kanonfodr and for the advice Gazman looking forward to hopefully making this a career.
  7. fhm555

    fhm555 So FOS my eyes are brown Supporting Member

    Feb 16, 2011
    Before you get too excited about references, why not wait a while and let your trainer(s) lead you to what you need?

    I say this because it is so much easier to learn something right the first time than it is to unlearn and relearn.

    Either way congrats on your new job. These days good jobs are rare, hopefully yours will lead to a decent job that can earn you a decent living.
  8. fdeck

    fdeck Supporting Member Commercial User

    Mar 20, 2004
    Madison WI
    HPF Technology LLC
    All the best. Stay safe!