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Security System Technicians and Consultants [including Security Systems Installer] fit and repair security systems in homes and businesses. Security systems installers fit and repair security Future Growth Strong systems and devices, including alarms and closed-circuit television (CCTV). They inspect sites and talk with clients to determine security requirements and plan the equipment needed and where it will be placed for maximum effectiveness. They run cables and wires through walls and roof spaces, connecting systems to the electricity supply and telephone lines, so that alarms can be monitored. Once a system has been installed, these workers run thorough tests to ensure that it functions as intended, making any necessary adjustments to improve performance.

Knowledge, skills and attributes

  • to enjoy and have an aptitude for technical and engineering activities
  • normal colour vision, eyesight (may be corrected) and, good hand-eye coordination
  • good communication and interpersonal skills
  • aptitude for technical activities
  • the ability to follow plans and instructions, and solve problems
  • to be honest and trustworthy

 

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Duties and Tasks

Security system technicians may perform the following tasks:

  • inspect sites and talk to clients to determine security requirements
  • provide estimates to clients for installation of equipment
  • route cables through roof spaces, cavity walls and support structures and position and terminate cables, wires and strappings
  • mount, position, calibrate, programme and label all items of equipment\par - test equipment and diagnose faults
  • make connections to telephone lines for alarm monitoring
  • maintain and adhere to operational procedures and complete appropriate documentation
  • be responsible for assigned tools, plant and test equipment
  • survey the workplace and complete a safety work method statement prior to commencement.
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Working conditions

Security systems installers work in a range of settings, including residential, commercial, industrial and public buildings and premises. They work both indoors and outside. When working indoors they may be required to work in roof spaces, which can be dark, cramped and dusty. When working outside they work in a range of weather conditions and may be required to work at heights. Most security systems installers work standard business hours during the week, however some on-call work may be required to deal with any faults occurring outside normal business hours, this may require working nights, on weekends and/or public holidays.

Tools and technologies

Security systems installers work with equipment designed to detect and monitor the presence of intruders, including motion sensors, closed-circuit television (CCTV), infrared and alarms. They also use cables, radio system links and/or fibre optics to connect the system to control panels, electricity supply and telecommunications networks. There are rapid technological advances in this field and security systems installers will need to continually update their knowledge to stay current. They use tools such as drills, pliers, wirecutters and other hand and power tools to install the system and make connections. They will also need to use ladders or elevated work platforms to carry out some work. Uniforms and company vehicles are often supplied.

Security system technicians work mainly indoors and sometimes have to work in confined roof spaces. They have considerable contact with customers in businesses and in private homes.

Security system technicians must develop a knowledge of the range of security equipment, including electronic and electrical surveillance systems and closed-circuit television (CCTV), as well as knowledge of simple electronic principles and terminating techniques. They must also understand the principles of operation and characteristics of controllers, detectors, relays, sirens, screamers and telephone circuits.

 

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