At work with: Ryan Bowlin

Posted: Thursday, May 04, 2006

Name: Ryan Bowlin

  Audio Concepts installer Ryan Bowlin rewires the 10-inch woofer in his pickup. Bowlin said his ideal job would involve designing high-end custom car electronics systems. Photo by John Hult

Occupation: Installer

Employer: Audio Concepts

Alaskan since: 1986 (age 2)

Job description: Install remote starts, car stereos, security systems, video systems.

 

Audio Concepts installer Ryan Bowlin rewires the 10-inch woofer in his pickup. Bowlin said his ideal job would involve designing high-end custom car electronics systems.

Photo by John Hult

“It’s pretty much installing anything you can stick in your car. I like doing the big stereo systems, the big boxes.”

What sort of system do you have in your car? One 10-inch sub woofer behind the seats, a four channel amp, a 5.25-inch speaker in each door and a CD player.

“It’s kind of embarrassing right now, I don’t really have much.”

What would you like to have? Two 10-inch subs, two 1,000-watt amplifiers, video, everything.”

What are the challenges of your job? “Working on the newer vehicles with their advanced electrical systems, doing remote starts mostly. Chips in keys nowadays, we have to tear keys apart, take chips out of them, put them in the vehicle, bypass junk — it’s pretty sophisticated, really. Almost every day you do something different.”

What are your most memorable moments on the job? “The do-it-yourself jobs are pretty entertaining sometimes. People do their own wiring, having power wires grounding out and causing the whole wire to catch on fire. I’ve seen sub woofers duct taped into KFC boxes. It gets pretty interesting.”



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