Technology jobs are in demand and a great long-term career choice.
Choosing to start your low voltage career as a Confidence Tester is a great way to become familiar with the industry, and gain knowledge of the fire alarm industry in particular. You can have a thriving career working for some of the premier companies thanks to the constant and steady growth of buildings that are required to have not only a working Fire Alarm System, but have these systems tested annually.
What Does a Confidence Tester Do?
The majority of the work performed by Confidence Tester include testing every device on a fire alarm system, per the manufactures instructions and NFPA 72 standards to insure the fire alarm and all of its associated devices operate as they are intended.
Employers and clients benefit greatly by having qualified and capable confidence testers.
What Are the Responsibilities of a Confidence Tester?
We complete a wide range of specific tasks to ensure that all aspects of the client’s systems are in good health. Often working alone in tight spaces, we utilize trained strategies while also completing the physical work. These tasks include:
Visually, mechanically, and electronically testing all devices of a fire alarm system: Smoke Sensors, Manual Pull Stations, Visually verify all Horns, Strobes, Bells and Notification appliances are working. Verifying that door open holders, fire roll down doors, smoke dampers, fire sprinkler connections and all associated devices controlled and connected to the fire alarm system works.
We may conduct maintenance by replacing defective or no longer complaint smoke sensors, heat sensors or other consumer-replaceable part, including testing and replacing backup batteries
And of course, provide documentation of the inspections.
Our job may also involve using testing and certification machines.
Are there Education Requirements for Confidence Testing Jobs?
You must at least a GED or a high school diploma to be considered. You must have a valid driver’s license. In addition, you should to have a fundamental knowledge of Fire Alarms and NFPA Standards.
If you want to stand out and accelerate your advancement in this field, additional certifications can help to land the most valuable clients. Additional qualifications include:
Bachelor’s or associate degrees in Electrical Engineering, IT, or Computer Networking.
NICET Certification, and online courses in Fire Alarms and Fire System Fundamentals.
oining and studying under organizations such as NICET, and NFPA.
What Skills Do I Need?
You should have a foundational knowledge of the NFPA 72, and should have a basic understanding of Blue Print Reading and interpretation.
On top of those skills, it is necessary to be aware of OSHA safety standards. You need to have planning and organization skills to meet daily work requirements. Many projects require traveling to job sites that may be remote. This means you should have a vehicle and a valid driver’s license.
You also need to have strong written and verbal communication skills, as you will need to interact with team members, clients, and management. As you progress, it is vital to have strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
What Salary Can I Expect?
The average annual compensation in Oregon and SW Washington is $39,900.
Working for a company in Oregon who has project-ready clients will be able to earn you $18 to $30 per hour, depending on experience and certifications held.
The value of experience cannot be emphasized enough, which is working for a 4security.org member company like this can get you in the door and on projects much quicker to gain that experience. As you gain experience and develop leadership skills, anyone starting out as a Confidence Tester can progress to roles like LEA Technician Apprentice, LEB Technician Apprentice, IOT/Networking positions, Project Manager, or even Operations Manager.
By working as a Confidence Tester for an 4security.org member company you will be continuously introduced to new technologies and improving your opportunities in the field.