June 11, 2020

Five Things About...
Steven Cabaj

Building Automation Systems Installation
Electronic & Telecom Systems, Inc.

Hometown: San Diego, CA

What do you enjoy most about your profession?
We focus on a very specialized niche within construction that falls somewhere between the Mechanical and Electrical trades. We started in 2016 with just a couple customers, and now have dozens of customers that we work with on a regular basis on all sorts of projects. I am amazed by the number and variety of opportunities that are frequently presented to us. It keeps me very engaged and interests, and really shows how important our trade has become.


How did you get started in your career?

My family has been involved in the Controls industry for the better part of 4 decades now. I joined my family’s Controls company right out of college as a controls system design engineer. When the company sold several years ago, I decided it was a good time to start something new. It didn’t take long to realize there was a real future in focusing on the installation of low-voltage electrical controls for building automation systems.

What project or job are you most proud of? Why?

As far as finished projects, it would have to be the Center for Novel Therapeutics. Completed in 2019, the building exterior is modern and elegant, but the interior atrium is truly impressive with its conference room “pods” hanging above the atrium floor. Another notable project I am proud of (which is still ongoing) is the UCSD North Torrey Pines Living & Learning Neighborhood. This is a truly transformational project for San Diego that will make UCSD one of the largest educational institutions in the nation.

What about your profession do you think would surprise people the most?

We work with a number of different mechanical systems, manufacturers, protocols, etc., so we have to know the ins and outs of each. This requires a surprising amount of knowledge from various fields/trades, particularly Mechanical, Electrical, Electronics, IT and Computers.

What's the best piece of advice you have ever received?

In the long journey to success, you will make mistakes along the way. The key is to own up to your mistakes, learn from them, and find ways to ensure that you don’t make them again. This is how you improve your relationships and make progress in life, both at a personal and professional level.

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