Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers

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About the Job

Install, program, maintain, or repair security or fire alarm wiring and equipment. Ensure that work is in accordance with relevant codes.

It is also Called

  • Surveillance Operator
  • Special Hazards Fire Suppression System Technician
  • Service Technician
  • Security Technician
  • Security Systems Technician
  • Security Systems Installer
  • Security Installer
  • Security Installation Technician
  • Security Engineer
  • Security Alarm Installer
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What They Do

  • Provide customers with cost estimates for equipment installation.
  • Prepare documents, such as invoices or warranties.
  • Order replacement parts.
  • Keep informed of new products and developments.
  • Adjust sensitivity of units, based on room structures and manufacturers' recommendations, using programming keypads.
  • Mount raceways and conduits and fasten wires to wood framing, using staplers.
  • Consult with clients to assess risks and to determine security requirements.
  • Inspect installation sites and study work orders, building plans, and installation manuals to determine materials requirements and installation procedures.
  • Drill holes for wiring in wall studs, joists, ceilings, or floors.
  • Test backup batteries, keypad programming, sirens, or other security features to ensure proper functioning or to diagnose malfunctions.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: I.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Investigative interests.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Support, but also value Relationships and Independence in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Telecommunications - Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
  • Building and Construction - Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Installation - Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Preparation Required

Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

Wages

In 2016, the average annual wage in California was $48,890 with most people making between $28,800 and $71,370

Outlook

2.97%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 7,400 people in California. It is projected that there will be 9,600 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 220 openings due to growth and about 180 replacement openings for approximately 400 total annual openings.