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Security Alarms Installer


In our society people are becoming more and more concerned about security. We are a world intent on securing our possessions from home to car, to personal alarms, security is big business. One job that has grown with this industry is that of the security alarm installer. A security alarm installer is someone who designs, installs, repairs, maintains, replaces, tests, services the operation of all intruder and security alarm systems in accordance with the local regulations.

They make openings, install and conceal wiring, attach units such as cameras and motion detectors to walls and ceilings. Security alarm installers use hand tools, power tools and electric testing equipment in their work. They not only install and test security alarms they also do repair work including checking for incorrect programming. Security alarm installers are interested in helping maintain the security of buildings, businesses, public property and private homes.
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  Interests and Skills  
People who work as security alarm installers have an aptitude for working with electrical systems such as alarms. These workers are also interested in safety and security. They enjoy troubleshooting and fixing the problems they find with alarm systems. These workers also able to explain the correct operating procedures of the alarm to potential buyers.

  Typical Tasks  
  • Install, maintain and repair household and business security equipment
  • Inspect and test alarms and systems equipment
  • Use circuit testers, oscilloscopes, logic probes and other test instruments, tools and equipment
  • Diagnose and locate circuit, component and equipment faults
  • Adjust, align, replace or repair equipment, assemblies and components
  • Use soldering tools and other hand and power tools
  • Complete work orders, test and maintenance reports
  • Check the system for poor or broken connections and components, or incorrect programming and make needed repairs
  • May supervise other equipment service technicians.
  • These workers generally work an eight-hour day, however, they may also work shift work or be on call for emergency situations. Security alarm installers usually work indoors, sometimes in partially completed buildings. They often work on ladders, and may have to work in tight spaces.

  Workplaces, Employers and Industries  
  • Security alarm installers are employed by electronic service establishments, retail and wholesale distributors, and within service departments of electronic manufacturing companies.

  Long Term Career Potential  
There is room for growth within this industry. Experienced security alarm installers can move on to become security alarm sales representatives which would increase their earning potential.

  Educational Paths  
Security alarms installers receive their training either through informal, on-the-job training or through an apprenticeship program. Trade certification can be obtained either through an apprenticeship program or after several years of work experience. While trade certification is not mandatory in all areas to become a security alarms installer, it can be a requirement for many employers and can also help secure employment.

Apprenticeship programs involve a combination of on-the-job training and classroom instruction. A pre-apprenticeship course may also be available which takes about five to six months to complete at a community college and is designed to help you get connected with a good company to apprentice with. It is important to apprentice with a reputable company as that is your education. While some apprenticeship programs may not require a high school diploma, it is important to note that employers generally prefer to hire high school graduates.

Apprenticeships can vary, however a typical apprenticeship lasts four to five years. The apprenticeship is a paid position, however wages are about 50 percent of what an employer pays the journeyperson, with yearly increases. After successfully completing the apprenticeship requirements, their industry training and apprenticeship office awards the security alarms installer a certificate of completion.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, 2002, http://www.bls.gov/oes/2002/oes_nat.htm

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