Each year about this time ESPA releases a revision of its popular Industry Workforce Update. This report helps schools and students understand a little about the electronic systems industry, its rapid growth, the demand for qualified people, and how this demand can be met. It’s just a few pages, not a big bulky document. Please take a look and share freely! Download HERE.
CEPro magazine, which serves the residential systems industry, just released their 2018 Wage & Salary Special Report, and there are some encouraging statistics in there for entry-level ESTs.
For instance, wages for technicians with less than 2 years experience have increased 9% since 2015, to a national average of about $16.50/hr. (much higher in some regions and in larger companies).
And 71% of integrators surveyed have some sort of bonus structure in place for employees, with the average payout at around $2,000. The bottom line remains the same: the industry is still growing rapidly and needs technicians. EST training and certification leads to employment in a great career path where the sky is the limit!
Download the full report here.
ESPA has just added two new training partners whose offerings represent the two fastest growing scenarios happening right now; EST for career changers, and EST for IT students. John Mason Institute in Nashua, NH does a lot of training for adults who are seeking new career paths where they can grow and prosper. Their first cohort of EST training/certification for adults begins in about four weeks. Participants will earn the ESPA EST credential and get lots of assistance getting their entry-level jobs in the electronic systems industry. The Columbus Area Career Connection in Columbus, IN is a high school career center that offers comprehensive computer technology and networking classes. They are now adding EST content and certification, which will introduce students to the vast electronic systems industry, where they will be able to put their computer and networking skills to work in audio, video, control systems, security, and more. This hybrid of IT and EST will also be featured in a full semester course which launches in January at Orange County Technical College in Orlando, FL. These students will be offered a comprehensive Electronic Systems Integration course after they have completed two semesters of computer tech and networking. We are very excited about all three of these programs and we are eager to add similar programs in more markets. If you know of a career center or tech school that might be a good fit, please let us know!
MTI (Maverick Technical Institute) launched a great training program last year which introduces students to a wide variety of knowledge and skills in under a year. They recently got a nice writeup in Commercial Integrator Magazine. If you are a potential student, this is a program to look at. If you are a school thinking about adding an electronic systems track, this is how it’s done!
Orange County Technical College in Orlando is one of our most exciting new training partners. They are about to launch a full semester of electronic systems integration to enhance their already-robust IT program. This class will be based on ESPA and CEDIA curriculum and certifications with additional content from the commercial sector. These students will be super-prepared to come into the industry, with skills in both networking and electronic systems. Meanwhile they are already making news by winning some great awards at Skills USA, in Residential Systems Installation!
We know the demand for qualified people in all roles have never been greater in the electronic systems industry. Companies are now realizing that people leave for a lot of reasons, not just to earn more money. This article from Commercial Integrator Magazine sheds some light on this topic. If you are a new EST, it may help you choose what company to work for. If you are an employer, it may help you keep your best people!
The Continental Automated Building Association has created a white paper which identifies the growing need for qualified people in the automated building/smart home industry, along with training gaps and examples of existing programs. ESPA and some ESPA Training Partners are highlighted. ESPA executive director Jeff Gardner was a co-author of the document. It can be downloaded by following the link in this press release:
This successful ESPA certified technician received his training at Lincoln Tech in Union, NJ and now has a great career with SimplexGrinnell. Read about his story in Security Sales & Integration magazine.
CEDIA Expo is most important annual trade show dedicated to residential electronic systems. If you are interested in home technologies you should be getting registered and attend Expo 2017 in San Diego in September. This blog entry discusses hiring and retaining great people, and serves as an introduction to a panel discussion session at Expo that will no doubt be sold out……
The electronic systems industry continues to grow and continues to have a huge demand for qualified people.