How to become a Security System Technician

Security system technicians fit and repair security systems in homes and businesses. Security system technicians work mainly indoors and sometimes have to work in confined roof spaces. They have considerable contact with customers in businesses and in private homes.

Personal requirements of a Security System Technician

  • Enjoy practical and manual activities
  • Normal colour vision and eyesight (may be corrected)
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Aptitude for technical activities

Education & Training for a Security System Technician

To become a security system technician you usually have to complete an apprenticeship or traineeship. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10.

Duties & Tasks of a Security System Technician

Security system technicians: • inspect sites and talk to clients to determine security requirements • provide estimates to clients for installation of equipment • route cables through roof spaces, cavity walls and support structures and position and terminate cables, wires and strappings • mount, position, calibrate, program and label all items of equipment • test equipment and diagnose faults • make connections to telephone lines for alarm monitoring • maintain and adhere to operational procedures and complete appropriate documentation • be responsible for assigned tools, plant and test equipment • survey the workplace and complete a safety work method statement prior to commencement.

Working conditions for a Security System Technician

Security system technicians must develop a knowledge of the range of security equipment, including electronic and electrical surveillance systems and closed-circuit television (CCTV), as well as knowledge of simple electronic principles and terminating techniques. They must also understand the principles of operation and characteristics of controllers, detectors, relays, sirens, screamers and telephone circuits.

Employment Opportunities for a Security System Technician

Security system technicians are employed by security system installation companies. There has been significant growth in this field in recent years, especially in home security. With experience, and sometimes further training, it is possible to become self-employed or the manager of a team of security system technicians.

Avg. weekly wage:

$1,418

Future growth:

Decline

Employment by state:

ACT ACT 1.5%

NSW NSW 35.4%

NT NT 1.3%

QLD QLD 19.8%

SA SA 7.8%

TAS TAS 2.2%

VIC VIC 24.4%

WA WA 7.7%

Hours worked:

40.6

Unemployment:

Average unemployment

Gender split:

Male 96.5%

Female 3.5%

Education level:

Not completed Year 12: 24.2%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 15.5%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 29.7%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 12.3%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 7.8%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 10.5%

Age brackets:

15-19 - 0%

20-24 - 11.4%

25-34 - 22.3%

35-44 - 15.7%

45-54 - 25.6%

55-59 - 11.7%

60-64 - 5.7%

65 and Over - 7.5%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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