Security alarm fitters install and maintain electronic
systems which detect intruders and control access to
buildings or sites. They fit alarms in business premises
and private homes.
Installers work to a security system plan drafted by a security surveyor or designer. They decide which power tools and materials they need and then install the security system and connect it to the control panels, normally by cable. In some cases they use wire-free or radio system links, and other technologies such as infrared and fibre optics.
The final part of the job is to test the system and explain to the customer/operator how to use it.
Experienced security systems installers visit customers each year to maintain their security systems. They are trained to diagnose and correct faults.
Some installers fit complex security systems including closed circuit television, access control, and integrated systems.
Most security systems installers work from 9am to 5pm,
Monday to Friday. Overtime and weekend work may be
available. Maintenance fitters are expected to work
outside normal hours and be on a duty rota to provide
24-hour cover to customers who have problems with
Installers work both indoors and outdoors on a variety of buildings, and the conditions may vary. The job involves some lifting of equipment and could involve working at heights.
Occasionally installers may spend time away from home, including abroad, depending on the nature of the job.
To be a security systems installer you should:
There are large and small security systems companies
throughout the UK. Self-employment is quite common.
Security systems companies are approved by either the National Security Inspectorate (NSI) or by SSAIB.
There is increasing demand for security systems installers, and experienced installers will have opportunities for promotion and management in a growth industry.
With experience, they could specialise in, for example, surveying properties and designing new systems, installing and maintaining systems, or supervising and managing sales, installation or maintenance teams. Employing companies may specialise in intruder alarms, CCTV, access control or fully integrated systems.
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