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Electrician Low Voltage Fire/Security

Why Choose the Electrician Low Voltage Fire/Security Program?

The demand for fire alarms, burglar alarms, card access and closed-circuit television have always been high, therefore, the demand for electricians that specialize in that field is also high. With advancing technologies, there's always a new innovation in security ready to be installed and programmed. Students in our Electrician Low Voltage Fire/Security Program participate in hands-on training with advanced equipment, techniques and programming to prepare for careers as alarm-system installers and service technicians. This program is approved as a Limited Energy (06) specialty electrical training program in the state of Washington, and graduates of the program can be credited with 1,815 hours of work experience upon applying to become a Limited Energy (06) specialty electrician. If you enjoy working with electronics and have a passion for safety and security, this may be the program and career path for you.

Employers are looking for Low Voltage Electricians that have experience working on industry-related low-voltage equipment, but also have soft skills such as being able to work together as a team.
How Long It Takes:

Electrician Low Voltage Fire/Security AAT Degree: 5 Quarters

Electrician Low Voltage Fire/Security Certificate: 3 Quarters


All program lengths are estimates and are not guarantees.


Potential Careers


Median annual wage in Washington:

$49,000 per year

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Career Pathway


This is not a guarantee of employment or a certain wage. Full career data available at careerinfo.net.

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Electrician Low Voltage Fire/Security Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Electrician Low Voltage Fire/Security Program, students will:

  • Correctly construct, program, and demonstrate an understanding of a Burglar Alarm System.
  • Correctly construct, program, and demonstrate an understanding of a Card Access System.
  • Correctly construct, program, and demonstrate an understanding of a Closed Circuit TV System.
  • Pass various exams on National Electrical Codes, National Fire Codes, and Washington State Electrical Codes.
  • Employers in Western Washington will be pleased with the education received by the students of EFST shown by feedback from the Advisory Committee.
  • Correctly construct, program, and demonstrate an understanding of a Fire Alarm System.
  • Demonstrate a competency in print reading and proper use of technical bulletins by the completion of various projects relating to these skills.
  • Show technical proficiency by passing the National Certification Exam.
  • Obtain an entry-level position in this field with the accumulation of 1089 hours for a certificate and 1815 hours for a degree.

Meet Your Instructors

James Gordon

James has been an instructor at CPTC since January 2000. He has more than 30 years of experience with ADT Security Systems and is a low-voltage Journeyman Electrician. He has a BA from the University of Puget Sound and is a graduate of the ADT Security Career Development Program. He draws on all this experience to provide students with the technical knowledge they need to succeed in the low-voltage electronics industry.

Bldg 16, Rm 202


Electrician Low Voltage Fire/Security Program Information Sessions are hosted in Building 14, Room 213, at 3 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month. For more information and a complete schedule of session dates, click here.




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