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What Does a Security Alarm Installer Do?

Security alarm installers are natural problem-solvers. Also called security alarm technicians, they install security systems and alarm devices in businesses and homes. They maintain the units through inspections and warranty requests. During installation, security alarm installers follow blueprints of electrical layouts and building plans to determine the most efficient way to install the equipment. They are trained to mount and fasten control panels, door and window contacts, sensors and video cameras, and attach electrical and telephone wiring to connect the components. Security alarm installers ensure that their work is in accordance with relevant codes.

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Median Salary $
50,000
Jobs Available
3,300+
A security alarm installer adjusts a surveillance camera
The demand for security alarm installers is expected to grow quickly over the next decade. (Credit: ALPA PROD/Shutterstock)
Duties + Responsibilities
  • Read blueprints, schematics and sketches of security systems
  • Install electrical components and equipment
  • Feed cables through access holes, roof spaces and cavity walls
  • Wire low-voltage circuits
  • Mount and fasten security equipment 
  • Mount wiring raceways or channels, and fasten wires framing
  • Test backup batteries, keypad programming, sirens and all security features
  • Diagnose malfunctions
  • Demonstrate systems for customers and explain details 
Education + Training

Most employers require a high school diploma or GED certificate. The two most common requirements for installers include a low-voltage electrician license or a speciality certification license from a vocational or technical school program.

While states can implement statewide regulations, your local jurisdiction may also have its own licensing requirements. You may need an electrician license in one jurisdiction and not need any licensing requirements in another. However, a low-voltage license does not allow you to do electrical wiring. You must have an electrical license to wire into electrical panels.

YOU MAY BE A GOOD FIT FOR THIS POSITION IF YOU
  • Have excellent problem-solving skills
  • Are good at math
  • Can communicate well
  • Are skilled with hand and power tools
  • Are able to see the full spectrum of colors (not color blind), as installers need to identify wires by color

Security Alarm Tech / Installer training in your area

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Electrical Systems Technology, A.A.S.

Wake Technical Community College
Raleigh (0.0 Miles)

Electrical Systems Technology Diploma

Wake Technical Community College
Raleigh (0.0 Miles)

Electrical Systems Technology Certificate

Wake Technical Community College
Raleigh (0.0 Miles)

Wiring Methods Certificate

Wake Technical Community College
Raleigh (0.0 Miles)

IT Controlled Electronic Systems, A.A.S.

North Seattle College
Seattle (0.0 Miles)

IT Controlled Electronic Systems Certificate

North Seattle College
Seattle (0.0 Miles)

Alarm Technician

Southwestern Community College (NC)
Sylva (0.0 Miles)

Home Automation Certificate

Wilkes Community College
Wilkesboro (0.0 Miles)

Telecommunications and Security Technology Diploma

Wiregrass Georgia Technical College
Valdosta (0.0 Miles)

Digital Home Technology Integration Certificate

American River College
Sacramento (0.0 Miles)

Security Systems for Home and Small Businesses

Contra Costa College
San Pablo (0.0 Miles)

Inside Wireman Apprenticeship

Palomar College
San Marcos (0.0 Miles)

Find Security Alarm Tech / Installer Jobs in Your Area

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Fire Alarm Test & Inspection Technician

Performance Systems Integration
Bothell ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 1 month ago

Part-Time Apprentice Alarm Technician - Southfield, MI

Guardian Alarm
Southfield ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 4 weeks 1 day ago

Security Technician II

G4S
Livermore ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 3 weeks 6 days ago

Service Technician I

Stanley Black & Decker, Inc.
Tampa ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 3 weeks 5 days ago

Sr. Fire Alarm Inspector - Fire/Life Safety Systems - Roanoke, VA

Siemens Corporation
Roanoke ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 3 weeks 1 day ago

Field Technician - Residential Installation

ADT Security Services, Inc
Concord ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 3 weeks ago

Installation Technician

Safe Streets USA
Colorado Springs ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 2 weeks 4 days ago

Lead Commercial Alarm Tech - Southfield, MI

Guardian Alarm
Southfield ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 2 weeks 1 day ago