American Alarms Blog

Help Wanted - Experienced Technician

by Adam Jacobs 1/19/2022

We are in need of someone with experience in CCTV, Card Access, Fire Alarm, Electrical, Telephone, IP/Data Networks, or other low-voltage systems.  I'm particularly interested in someone with CCTV and/or card access experience.  I will PAY you for this experience, and pay for training to do more.  Certifications (like NICET) preferred, but not required.  Sign-on bonus possible, for the right candidate.  Best pay and benefits in the industry.  Visit our CAREERS page, or call Adam at 515-266-9888 now.

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Work that doesn't feel like work.

by Adam Jacobs 1/19/2022

The fire alarm industry is growing.  How is it growing?

- New technology to improve response time for fire departments

- Improved fire codes being implemented

- Better understanding of codes and systems by local officials and inspectors

- Improved monitoring technology and policies

- Stricter requirements for system designers, installers, programmers, and inspectors


We get to solve challenges every day.  Every day is different.  We're never bored.


Join us.  Go to the CAREERS page.

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Des Moines is becoming the "no coast" tech hub

by Adam Jacobs 1/19/2022

The Des Moines Partnership just published a great article about WHY Des Moines is growing faster than almost anywhere else, when it comes to tech companies and workers in these fields.  As a business owner that relies on other businesses, and workers that understand technology, I have enjoyed seeing this growth in the Des Moines area.  Here's a link to article, in case you didn't catch it.


If you look for it, you can find something local for all of your technology needs.

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Help Wanted !!! (again)

by Adam Jacobs 1/19/2022

Well, here I am again.


It's 9:33AM on Wednesday. My alarm clock was set for 5:30AM but I woke up at 4:45 and couldn't get back to sleep. I enjoy my work, but it's hard when you have lots of customers and not enough help to get the work done. We've been helping these same customers for over 30 years, and we've grown by 20% each of the last 3 years.




I just sent my 72-year old father out to finish work that he shouldn't have to do. But he knows it must get done, because this is a customer he's helped since 1985.


If you are looking for a change, and you're able to work independently, I want to talk to you. Our less experienced field technicians make $35K-$40K/year, and experienced ones make $60K-$70K/year. This is NOT sweaty, crawling through attics, grease and grime type work. We mostly do trouble-shooting of electronic systems, software-based programming of control panels, and occasionally pull some cable (mostly in finished, air-conditioned buildings). Overnight stays are very rare.


We don't do residential work, so NO crabby old farts and picky house-wives to answer to. Most of our customers are business owners, established general contractors, and property managers. At least 2-years technical experience in fire alarm, security alarm, card access, telephone, data systems, video security, or health care systems is preferred. Applicants with fire alarm experience or NICET certification, will start higher and progress through the pay scale faster.


Full-time techs also get benefits … company-match 401k, health insurance, life insurance, disability insurance, overtime (1.5X and 2X) pay, food and drinks, company-paid trainings, company apparel, company vehicle, and company tools.



Adam Jacobs


American Alarms

515-266-9888 office

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The fire alarm industry is growing STRONG!

by Adam Jacobs 1/19/2022

The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that employment growth in the U.S. economy will occur at an average rate of 14 percent between 2010 and 2020. Employment among fire alarm and security system technicians, however, is expected to grow at a much faster rate of 33 percent, resulting in an estimated 21,000 new jobs by the end of 2020.

If you have any alarm, or other low-voltage, systems experience we want to talk to you.  We have work lined up, but need more people to help finish it all.

UPDATE:  We have an urgent need for security systems technicians.  If you have experience working on card access, commercial burglar, CCTV, or other systems, go to our CAREERS page and Contact Us.  We need your help.  




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