How "somewhat" new are you? I would say finish the apprenticeship program if you are in one and then get your journeymans certification and then if you decide to branch off into something more specialized like FA then you would still always have your electrical experience and knowledge to fall back on if FA doesn't work out.For someone still somewhat new to the trade who wants a well rounded education would working for a company that does only fire alarm work be worthwhile?
That is only (and very rarely) if the install is mint.I'm sure many more guys here have more FA experience than I do but I've done a few large FA system installs. Wish I could do it full time. The guys that come from the FA company to do the final programming and device addressing have it easy. Screw driver, a laptop and a few other devices to address the equipment lol.
My company has 4 on staff NICET level 4 persons, 1 level 3, 2 level 2's and 2 level 1's. My company pays for these qualifications and even provides incentives in the form of raises for each level you achieve. I'm currently also working on my CPP through ASIS.I like installing fire alarms! I like trouble shooting fire alarms also.
I am an electrician foremost. If I had to define my niche within my shop I am one of the fire alarm guys.
Many aspects of fire alarm work can be applied to regular electrical work.
Once you understand the task at hand , you develop a method of attacking the problem weather it be install or servicing.
That said there are many rules concerning fire alarm installs.
Do yourself a favor and don't listen to word of mouth when codes are involved, do your research.
There are not many incentives in the states i work to go for nicet cert. As drawings need to be stamped by an ee. And the states journeymen license supercedes low voltage licences.My company has 4 on staff NICET level 4 persons, 1 level 3, 2 level 2's and 2 level 1's. My company pays for these qualifications and even provides incentives in the form of raises for each level you achieve. I'm currently also working on my CPP through ASIS.