Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers

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Also known as:  Alarm Adjuster, Alarm Technician, Burglar Alarm Installer, Fire Alarm Installer, Fire Alarm Technician, Home Security Alarm Installer

ABOUT SECURITY OR FIRE ALARM SYSTEMS INSTALLER CAREERS

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Protecting property from fire requires a quick response from emergency services, but they can only respond when they know there's a problem. Rather than wait for someone to call in an emergency, many people choose to install alarm systems that send out an alert immediately. Alarm systems are also us ...
ed to protect property from theft. Just seeing that there's a security system in place can make a criminal decide to choose another target.

Security and fire alarm system installers therefore play an important role in protecting society. They install, service, and maintain security and fire alarms and complete systems to detect and signal smoke, fire, intrusion, break-in, or movement.

The skills needed to use the tools involved can be learned in technical or vocational school, but on-the-job training on a specific system is necessary. In many states, you'll need to pass an exam to obtain a license.

As most of the work is done in homes and businesses where people live and work, you must be able to communicate well. You might have to field questions about how the system functions. The instillation might require bending and twisting or climbing ladders to reach access points, so physical agility is important along with precision. It also helps if you are not afraid of heights.

This is a job that often requires problem-solving skills, as each installation comes with its own unique set of challenges. Along with the satisfaction of a job well done, comes the knowledge that you're helping to protect people and businesses.
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Install, program, maintain, or repair security or fire alarm wiring and equipment. Ensure that work is in accordance with relevant codes.
Leadership
HIGH
Critical decision making
HIGH
Level of responsibilities
HIGH
Job challenge and pressure to meet deadlines
MED
Dealing and handling conflict
LOW
Competition for this position
MED
Communication with others
LOW
Work closely with team members, clients etc.
HIGH
Comfort of the work setting
HIGH
Exposure to extreme environmental conditions
LOW
Exposure to job hazards
LOW
Physical demands
LOW
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DAILY TASKS Expand
Mount raceways and conduits and fasten wires to wood framing, using staplers.
Consult with clients to assess risks and to determine security requirements.
Demonstrate systems for customers and explain details, such as the causes and consequences of false alarms.
Inspect installation sites and study work orders, building plans, and installation manuals to determine materials requirements and installation procedures.
Test and repair circuits and sensors, following wiring and system specifications.
Test backup batteries, keypad programming, sirens, and all security features in order to ensure proper functioning, and to diagnose malfunctions.
Keep informed of new products and developments.
Adjust sensitivity of units, based on room structures and manufacturers' recommendations, using programming keypads.
Feed cables through access holes, roof spaces, and cavity walls to reach fixture outlets; then position and terminate cables, wires and strapping.
Mount and fasten control panels, door and window contacts, sensors, or video cameras and attach electrical and telephone wiring to connect components.
Drill holes for wiring in wall studs, joists, ceilings, or floors.
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Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing machines, devices, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of electrical or electronic (not mechanical) principles.
Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
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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.
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.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
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.
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Telecommunications Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
Engineering and Technology Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
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Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Multilimb Coordination The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
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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.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Installation Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
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