Kriss Schneider, Electronics Technician
You need training in the electronic technician field and knowledge of products. Tools required: Ladders, variety of drills and power tools, screwdrivers, hammers, drywall saw, stud finders, cable testers, cable crimps, multi-meters, tape-measure, torch (flashlight), cable threaders, harness and laser light.
I completed a 4 year Electronics Tech Trade course and I have spent roughly 15 years in the retail side of the Home Theatre business with nearly 20 years on the installation side of the industry. I recommend completing an electronics tech course, plus a couple of years in retail to gain knowledge of the products and to be able to give your customers what they are looking for.
I was always interest in how electronic gadgets worked, then became interested in home and theatre products.
Electronics technician trades course and learning cabinet making skills.
My education took 4 years to complete along with work experience on the side. I attend product information seminars and launches to keep up-to-date with the constant upgrading of systems and requirements.
Knowledge on cabling would be fairly useful.
I don't really remember the first day, but my first job was installing CB radios for taxis and trucks.
Each day is generally 8 - 10 hours long. We tend to stay around until the job is completed. Challenges are getting in and around the roof space.
Measure twice, cut once.
Study up products and wiring regulations.
Seeing the end result. As we install 'luxury' items customers are generally happy to see their system up and running.