Profession security alarm technician

Security alarm technicians install and maintain security alarm systems to protect against hazards such as fire and burglary. They install sensors and control systems and connect them to power and telecommunication lines if required. Security alarm technicians explain usage of the installed systems to the prospective users.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional
  • Realistic / Investigative
  • Realistic / Enterprising

Knowledge

  • Electrical wiring plans

    Pictorial representation of an electrical circuit. It shows the components of the circuit as simplified shapes, and the power and signal connections between the devices. It gives information about the relative position and arrangement of devices and terminals on the devices, to help in building or servicing the device. A wiring diagram is often used to troubleshoot problems and to make sure that all the connections have been made and that everything is present.

  • Electricity

    Understand the principles of electricity and electrical power circuits, as well as the associated risks.

  • Electronics

    The functioning of electronic circuit boards, processors, chips, and computer hardware and software, including programming and applications. Apply this knowledge to ensure electronic equipment runs smoothly.

  • Security panels

    The internal logic of the security panel, where security sensors send their data for processing. The different components of the panel, such as the wire contact points, motherboard and transformer.

  • Types of alarm systems

    Characteristics, price, workings and installation of various alarm systems such as landline, cellular or broadband, wired or wireless.

Skills

  • Wire security sensors

    Draw wires from the correct contact points in a variety of security sensors to the control panel. Make sure the wiring plan of the control panel is clear and effective.

  • Work ergonomically

    Apply ergonomy principles in the organisation of the workplace while manually handling equipment and materials.

  • Check compatibility of materials

    Make sure the materials are fit to be used together, and if there are any foreseeable interferences.

  • Install electrical and electronic equipment

    Install equipment which is dependent on electric currents or electromagnetic fields in order to work, or equipment to generate, transfer or measure such currents and fields. This equipment includes switchboards, electric motors, generators or direct current systems.

  • Follow health and safety procedures in construction

    Apply the relevant health and safety procedures in construction in order to prevent accidents, pollution and other risks.

  • Use measurement instruments

    Use different measurement instruments depending on the property to be measured. Utilise various instruments to measure length, area, volume, speed, energy, force, and others.

  • Inspect construction supplies

    Check construction supplies for damage, moisture, loss or other problems before using the material.

  • Perform test run

    Perform tests putting a system, machine, tool or other equipment through a series of actions under actual operating conditions in order to assess its reliability and suitability to realise its tasks, and adjust settings accordingly.

  • Resolve equipment malfunctions

    Identify, report and repair equipment damage and malfunctions; communicate with field representatives and manufacturers to obtain repair and replacement components.

  • Inspect electrical supplies

    Check electrical supplies for damage, moisture, loss or other problems.

  • Program home alarm systems

    Select the right settings for the specific situation where the alarm system will operate. Set up zones with different policies if called for. Define how the system will be armed and disarmed. Choose actions to take if the system is triggered, and select various other settings.

  • Test sensors

    Test sensors using appropriate equipment. Gather and analyse data. Monitor and evaluate system performance and take action if needed.

  • Test electronic units

    Test electronic units using appropriate equipment. Gather and analyse data. Monitor and evaluate system performance and take action if needed.

  • Replace defect components

    Remove defective parts and replace them with functioning components.

Optional knowledge and skills

glass breakage sensors demonstrate products' features electromechanics install circuit breakers reed sensors infrared sensors perform software unit testing keep personal administration manage closed-circuit television system advise customers on new equipment plan maintenance activities smoke sensors program firmware use safety equipment in construction keep records of work progress cut wall chases automation technology perform ict troubleshooting

Common job titles

  • Security systems technician
  • Field service technician - security systems
  • Service technician (security alarm systems)
  • Commercial systems technician
  • Low voltage cabling installer
  • Security systems technician
  • Electronics systems technician