Security system technicians fit and repair security systems in homes and businesses.
To become a security system technician you usually have to complete an apprenticeship or traineeship in Technical Security, Security Assembly and Setup or Security Equipment. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10. For more details, see Section 2. Ask your career adviser about the possibility of starting some of this training in school.
Security system technicians may perform the following tasks:
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.
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.
A security adviser assesses risks and advises clients on security requirements, and designs and recommends security systems to meet security requirements. Security advisers may also conduct surveillance and make recommendations to improve security measures.