Call an Automation Expert: How Joel Dyck Shares His Passion for Technology
Written by Danielle Karr on October 15, 2018
What got you interested in becoming an automation expert?
Even as a child I was very interested in electronics and technology. I use to take apart remote-controlled cars and other devices just to look inside at everything and then hopefully put it back to together properly. At that age I didn’t understand everything I saw, but it was certainly fascinating. It wasn’t until I was working for Canadian Space Services working high up on radar towers that I started to realize what career I really wanted—a career on the ground helping people with something I’m truly passionate about: technology. At first, I was thinking of being a residential/commercial security systems technician. As I searched for courses, I found one that was part of a home and building automation program that blew my mind. Home theater, networking, electricity, robotics, security, programming, and more were all part of this program. That’s when I knew I wanted to become an expert in smart-home automation.
What do you love most about this industry?
There are many reasons to love this industry. For me, I love getting to work with all of the amazing technology and staying on top of how it’s always advancing. People love smart-home technology and I enjoy being able to work with others to provide that “wow” factor and improve a client’s lifestyle and peace of mind.
How do you approach a project to make sure the client is satisfied with the results?
The most important thing is to really listen to the client’s interests so I can make sure I always give them what they want. Many clients don’t understand the vast capabilities of home automation, so we always like to discuss this and educate them on what is possible, but I always keep in mind what they were originally asking for when I show them all their options. And, of course, I always provide a thorough walkthrough of the new system for my clients once it’s complete to make sure they are comfortable and in love with their new smart home. That is where I provide not only the technology but also the expertise to make sure clients are truly happy with their automation. And, if they ever have any questions down the road, I’m always available to help.
If an interior designer or architect wants to learn more about smart-home technology, what are the first few steps they should take?
Call a Control4 expert! Visiting a local Control4 showroom or business is a great place to start and get a firsthand look at the technology so you can begin to understand and offer it to your clients. Automation websites are also a good place to learn about technology options. After that, I suggest checking out some automated homes in your area. This will really allow a designer to experience the possibilities. If you call a smart-home expert in your area, they can get you connected with technology and even show you some smart homes in action.
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