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Security Alarm Fitter Career Details
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.
Working EnvironmentMost 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 their systems.
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.
Security Alarm Fitter Related SkillsTo be a security systems installer you should:
- be good at practical work and able to use a variety of hand and power tools
- be interested in electronics
- be able to solve problems and follow plans and instructions
- be accurate and methodical
- have good communication skills
- be able to explain clearly to customers how systems operate
- be able to work as part of a team, and work alone without constant supervision
- be honest and trustworthy.
Security Alarm Fitter Career OpportunitiesThere 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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