How to become a Security System Technician

Security system technicians fit and repair security systems in homes and businesses.

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 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.

Duties & Tasks of a Security System Technician

Security system technicians may perform the following tasks:

  • 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.

Specialisations:


Security Adviser

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.

Additional Information
People engaged in security installation work must be appropriately licensed and hold the required electrical and cabling licences. See the Australian Security Industry Association Limited (ASIAL) website for further information.
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