Electrical RCDD Engineer


In the 1980s, 17,000 Electrical Engineers distributed around the world banded together to form a non-profit association to certify experts in the field of designing low-voltage cabling systems. This group of 17,000 Engineers decided to call their certifying body, BICSI. In 1985, the Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD) program was instituted and since then has produced only 5,000 RCDDs.

How does one become an RCDD? First, an application to BICSI has to be fully accomplished. BICSI will also require an applicant to submit three letters attesting their previous work experiences. Questions are written and formulated by industry experts. The exam would cover all aspects of the BICSI Telecommunications Distribution Methods. Mostly, subjects covered are designing horizontal cabling systems, equipment rooms, campus backbone systems, private CATV distribution systems, fire stopping, wireless systems, field testing and other related chapters.
Because of the rigidity of passing the RCDD program, Electrical RCDD Engineers are a special breed of engineers. Having an RCDD status would mean an edge in the field of Electrical Engineering, Telecommunications and Architecture.

An RCDD certification in a resume is synonymous to excellence. Usually RCDD Engineers are regarded highly not only among engineers and architects but also by many private and state organizations internationally. Electrical RCDD Engineers are often asked to design and install mission critical technical facilities. Examples of mission critical technical facilities are command or control centers, data centers, and communication centers. RCDD Engineers are also oftentimes approached to design and build telecommunication systems for buildings and school campuses. Electrical RCDD Engineers wouldn’t have a hard time integrating a new design into an existing telecommunication system. Anything to do with voice, data, video, audio and low voltage controls, an RCDD Engineer can design and install them all, be it digital or analog devices in whatever type of cabling used.
Although the C in RCDD means “Communications,” Electrical RCDD Engineers are not limited to designing telecommunications related infrastructures but are also very much capable of designing building power, lighting, fire alarm, transport, internet network and even security systems. Electrical RCDD Engineers are also good in development tasks, calculations, cost estimates and specifications.
Employers will get their money’s worth as they can also assist in improving a company’s quality standards and procedures.

Usually, Electrical RCDD Engineers are telecommunications designers, consultants, project managers and system integrator
Naturally, having to do tasks that only an Electrical RCDD Engineer can do, expect salary and wages to be commensurate. RCDD Engineers are very much in high demand due to the high-level of technical expertise they possess.

Now, in relation to an architectural restoration project, an Electrical RCDD Engineer would be an invaluable member of the team. He can work side by side with an Infrastructure Generalist to come up with a workable system tailored fit for a particular project. He can also work with developmental programs, a command center, cost estimates and specifications.

Moreover, an RCDD Engineer can design whatever the chief architect wants him to design as designing things is the forte of an Electrical RCDD Engineer.