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Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers

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Install, program, maintain, or repair security or fire alarm wiring and equipment. Ensure that work is in accordance with relevant codes.

    Work Activities
    • Install, maintain, or repair security systems, alarm devices, or related equipment, following blueprints of electrical layouts and building plans.
    • Mount and fasten control panels, door and window contacts, sensors, or video cameras and attach electrical and telephone wiring to connect components.
    • Demonstrate systems for customers and explain details, such as the causes and consequences of false alarms.
    • Test and repair circuits and sensors, following wiring and system specifications.
    • Feed cables through access holes, roof spaces, or cavity walls to reach fixture outlets, positioning and terminating cables, wires, or strapping.
    • Examine systems to locate problems, such as loose connections or broken insulation.
    • Test backup batteries, keypad programming, sirens, or other security features to ensure proper functioning or to diagnose malfunctions.
    • Drill holes for wiring in wall studs, joists, ceilings, or floors.
    • Inspect installation sites and study work orders, building plans, and installation manuals to determine materials requirements and installation procedures.
    • Prepare documents, such as invoices or warranties.
    • Consult with clients to assess risks and to determine security requirements.
    • Mount raceways and conduits and fasten wires to wood framing, using staplers.
    • Adjust sensitivity of units, based on room structures and manufacturers' recommendations, using programming keypads.
    • Provide customers with cost estimates for equipment installation.
    • Keep informed of new products and developments.
    • Order replacement parts.
    Skills
    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    • Installation

      Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.

    • Speaking

      Talking to others to convey information effectively.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    5
    Abilities
    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Problem Sensitivity

      The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

    • Near Vision

      The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

    Knowledge
    • Public Safety and Security

      Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

    • Computers and Electronics

      Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $44,750/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $21.51/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 2,570
    • Yearly Projected Openings 320
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Dependability
    • Integrity
    • Attention to Detail
    • Independence
    • Self Control
    • Stress Tolerance
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    Tags
    • Bright Outlook occupations will grow rapidly in the next few years, have a large number of openings, or are new and emerging careers.