How to become a Fire Protection Technician

Fire protection technicians commission, install, test and maintain fire protection systems and equipment in buildings and other facilities to provide life, property and environmental protection.

Personal requirements of a Fire Protection Technician

  • enjoy practical work
  • good communication skills
  • neat personal appearance
  • mechanical aptitude
  • able to interpret and apply technical regulations, codes and standards
  • safety-conscious
  • able to cope with the physical demands of the job.

Duties & Tasks of a Fire Protection Technician

Fire protection technicians may perform the following tasks:

  • install fire detection and alarm systems, fire suppression systems and firefighting equipment
  • regularly inspect and service equipment and systems to ensure they are operational
  • advise building owners on building standards and codes
  • inform building owners of new systems and equipment.

Working conditions for a Fire Protection Technician

Fire protection technicians travel to homes and businesses to inspect and service fire protection systems and equipment, and may also spend time at the office or workshop of their employer. They may work in conjunction with designers, engineers, building surveyors, fire authorities, builders, contractors and other tradespeople. They may work on new buildings and facilities under construction or modify and service existing buildings and facilities.

Avg. weekly wage:

$1,100

Future growth:

decline

Employment by state:

ACT 0.4%

NSW 35.1%

NT 0.3%

QLD 17.3%

SA 6.8%

TAS 1.8%

VIC 25%

WA 13.3%

Hours worked:

40.9

Unemployment:

below average

Gender split:

Proportion of male workers 53%

Proportion of female workers 47%

Education level:

Proportion of workers who have not completed Year 10: 3%

Proportion of workers who have not completed Year 12: 17.8%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is secondary school: 26.9%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 38.6%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 13.7%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 0%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 0%

Age bracket:

Proprortion of workers aged below 35 years: 45.4%

Proportion of workers aged above 35 years: 49.7%

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

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