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Security Systems Technician

Designing, installing and maintaining security systems to protect homes and property

How this role makes a difference

Businesses, homes, and public buildings all require fire safety equipment to make sure people are alerted and protected if a fire breaks out. Many properties also have security systems to protect them from break-ins and vandalism, and to prevent theft.

Today’s safety and security systems are very high tech, using cameras and sensors that connect via the internet to security companies. Before systems are installed, property assessments take place to ensure the right equipment is recommended. You could be the technician who designs, installs and maintains safety and security systems to protect people’s possessions, property, and lives.

The kind of work you’ll do

  • Installing new systems and modifying existing ones
  • Connecting different components and making sure they work together properly
  • Responding to call-outs to repair faults
  • Checking the performance of equipment and finding the source of faults
  • Listening to customers’ safety and security concerns
  • Making recommendations of the safety and security equipment to install
  • Teaching customers how to use security systems
  • Producing reports and customer proposals
Useful skills
Attention to detail
Useful skills
Technologically minded
Useful skills
Problem solving
Useful skills
Logical thinking
Useful skills
Useful skills
Instructing others
Useful skills
Communicating complex ideas

What you can bring to the role

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Future career opportunities

Early on in your career you will specialise in either fire safety or electronic security systems. As your experience grows you will start to work independently, visiting customer premises, advising them on repairs, and installing systems.

Over time, you could progress to leading a team of engineers. Alternatively, you could become a specialist who checks systems to make sure they comply with regulation, or you could set up your own safety and security company.

How to get into this role

There’s no perfect career path or ideal way into your dream job.

But if you’re interested in education and training options that could be relevant to this role, you might want to consider:  

Schools and colleges each have their own career guidance plan and can provide detailed information, advice, and guidance on options and next steps.

A little more about the role

Exciting features...

The technology used by fire safety and security systems continues to evolve and you will need to stay in touch with developments to continue to advise clients well. Regulation on fire safety standards also continues to evolve and all companies and public buildings are required to have annual checks to make sure their protective equipment is in good working order.

Other job titles...

This role can also be known by some other job titles including:

Emergency and Security Systems Engineer
Fire and Security Systems Engineer

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