Offices and homes are getting smarter every day. The need to bring powerful electrical grids and computer network innovation into the very walls of business and personal life has increased demand for technicians who can handle multiple aspects of cable installation instead of hiring two different contractor groups for the same wall breach. If you're considering a hands-on, technical career path, consider weaving two into one with these Information Technology (IT) and Electrical Technology jobs.
How Are Electricians And ITs Connected?
Not every electrician has skills with computers and networking, and not all ITs have electrical skills. However, the world of IT and the growing internet-enhanced household and business demands are paving the way for great pay to those who know a little about both.
At the most common level, many new business buildings need to have a network infrastructure installed when the walls either aren't present or are opened for wiring. This can be an issue when the electricians and ITs aren't in on the same schedule, as it means walls need to be torn down or punctured more than once.
If you know how to do both, you can be a part of multiple crews while still demanding great, active pay. While doing your job as an electrician, you can help out with your team during downtime instead of clocking out or being excluded from projects that don't need specific IT skills. Instead of waiting for another IT crew, you can provide network cable guidance.
It's more work, which some technicians with already decent pay may not want, but as a new technician, you should get as much experience and earning opportunity under your belt as possible.
Computer And Industrial Machine Skills
Power supplies fail, wiring systems break, and expensive boards need soldering. Many ITs know how to install new devices, troubleshoot software issues, and replace hardware, but the standard IT experience does not involve wiring or electrical trace-level troubleshooting.
On the other side, standard electrical training doesn't involve software troubleshooting. Not all problems require soldering iron or splicing cables, as it could just be a virus or a configuration change.
As an electrician with IT skills, you can handle both levels. In addition to troubleshooting software and hardware issues and wiring concerns, you can also make a more informed decision over whether or not to replace certain components.
It may be easier to throw out an old video card and install a new one or to just buy a new power supply. If the components are new, too expensive, or damaged by accident to the point of not being covered by warranty, your hybrid skills can bring in repairs on the spot without having to spend money on the same components twice.
Contact an electrical careers professional and discuss your desire for hybrid electrical and IT training to keep you viable in today's and tomorrow's economy. A company like Independent Electrical Contractors of Greater Cincinnati can be a great resource.