Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers

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

Median Annual Wage: $42,560

Education: Post-secondary certificate (49%); High school diploma or equivalent (41%); Some college, no degree (8%)

Projected Growth: Faster than average (15% to 21%)

Related Job Titles: Service Technician; Installer; Installation Technician; Alarm Technician; Fire Alarm Technician; Security Technician; Security Installer; Home Security Alarm Installer; Install Technician; Security Installation Technician

Browse Job Listings

Browse Schools

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers.

More Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Careers

  • Mount and fasten control panels, door and window contacts, sensors, or video cameras and attach electrical and telephone wiring to connect components.
  • Demonstrate systems for customers and explain details, such as the causes and consequences of false alarms.
  • Test and repair circuits and sensors, following wiring and system specifications.
  • Feed cables through access holes, roof spaces, or cavity walls to reach fixture outlets, positioning and terminating cables, wires, or strapping.
  • Examine systems to locate problems, such as loose connections or broken insulation.
  • Test backup batteries, keypad programming, sirens, or other security features to ensure proper functioning or to diagnose malfunctions.
  • Drill holes for wiring in wall studs, joists, ceilings, or floors.
  • Inspect installation sites and study work orders, building plans, and installation manuals to determine materials requirements and installation procedures.
  • Consult with clients to assess risks and to determine security requirements.
  • Mount raceways and conduits and fasten wires to wood framing, using staplers.
  • Adjust sensitivity of units, based on room structures and manufacturers' recommendations, using programming keypads.
  • Keep informed of new products and developments.
  • Order replacement parts.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers.

  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Installation - Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.
  • 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.
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers.

Search Local Job Listings