#1 - You’ll earn a comfortable salary and receive excellent benefits. As of December 2018, experienced techs in the garage door industry in the U.S. earned an average of $45,500 a year, with the most experienced of those earning up to $80,000 a year. As you gain more experience and become more productive, your salary should increase. Many employer compensation packages include the following.
#2 - Job stability. The need for garage door techs is kind of like the need for electricians and plumbers, everyone everywhere will always need them. Being a door tech offers you a certain level of job security: an accomplished tech can always find employment, and this hands-on job can’t be outsourced!
#3 - No college degree needed, no student debt. The traditional career path is to attend college for four or more years and then try to find employment. This path may or may not help you get a better job. And attending college is not cheap. The average cost for a private four-year college was $34,400 for the 2018 – 19 school year. College students these days are graduating and then finding it difficult to land a job in their field of study, often leaving them with tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of student loan debt. If you choose to train as garage door tech, you don’t have to worry about emptying your bank account to pay for tuition costs. Choosing a trade like garage doors typically means you learn on the job while getting paid! As an apprentice you will usually work alongside a seasoned veteran tech and be taught the tricks of the trade. Many door dealers offer higher level technical training and an opportunity to earn advanced certifications through the Institute of Door Dealer Education and Accreditation (IDEA).
#4 - Advancement opportunities. In the garage door industry, you can choose to work your way all the way up to the master tech level if you have the ambition to do so. Master garage door techs make a higher salary, have more job flexibility, and better opportunities than many other skilled trade professions. With the proper training as an apprentice, you can become a certified installation technician. As a certified tech, you can work on your own, installing and repairing complete garage door systems for both residential and commercial applications. With experience, additional training and completion of IDEA’s certification programs, you can progress to become a master technician in a variety of disciplines. A master technician has demonstrated the skills needed to install, troubleshoot, repair and maintain door systems, from simple residential garage doors to complex industrial fire doors. As a master tech, you can manage other installers and techs. You can even become part of the management team or perhaps someday run your own company.
#5 - Job variety. Being a garage door tech doesn’t necessarily mean you’re repairing broken doors all day long. Techs work in all kinds of settings including residential, commercial and industrial. You could be installing basic garage doors on a new construction home site, be sent to troubleshoot an electric opener for a loading dock door or respond to an emergency repair request to open a stuck door at a fire station! That’s the thing about this job, it’s never the same day after day.
#6 - You’ll learn specialized skills that earn respect. People respect garage door techs because they have specialized knowledge and a specific skillset most people don’t possess. Garage door work requires both strong physical labor and intelligent problem solving. Door techs need to solve complex issues that require critical thinking and expertise. The job requires a variety of skills including carpentry, electrical and mechanical. Not everyone can be a garage door tech – people try to fix their door problems themselves, make it worse, and then realize that they need you, the professional, to fix things for them. There will always be a demand for the specialized skills needed for this profession.
#7 - Full-time employment. Garage door techs work a typical 40-hour work week with occasional overtime. Due to the nature of the work, techs are often asked to respond to emergency repair request after hours. At most door dealerships you will rarely work less than a full week, plus some!
#8 - Job satisfaction. Garage door techs provide access and security. Without a good properly working garage door system, homeowners and businesses are unable to gain access or be secured in their homes or facilities. Keeping their doors in good working order provides security, convenience and free-flowing access. Techs have a deep sense of satisfaction knowing that their skills help provide this critical aspect of daily life. Riding by a garage door and being able to say “I installed that one” makes you proud.
#9 - Social interaction. As a garage door tech, you won’t be stuck in an office or factory all day. This freedom allows you to be out and about, meeting and interacting with new people all the time and have a fair amount of "windshield time" most days. If you’re a friendly person and offer your company’s clients good customer service, you will also generate a significant amount of good will and be representing your employer in a most professional manner. This fosters customer loyalty and trust which makes you a more valuable employee. Techs are often the face of the company and are therefore the company’s ambassador in the field.
#10 - Part of the family. Garage door dealers are team-oriented businesses. Most of the time employees and management work together in an environment that feels more like a family. The best techs in the industry care about what they do for a living, represent the company they work in a professional manner and strive to provide excellent service to the customers they serve.