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.
- 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
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.
- 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