Security systems installer

security systems fitter security expert
Engineering
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What's it like?

You would fit and look after systems that protect homes and businesses from intruders.

You would:

  • Follow plans made by a security surveyor or designer
  • Fit the security system and connect it to control panels
  • Use wire-free or radio system links, and other technologies such as infrared and fibre optics
  • Test the system and explain how to use it
  • Fix faulty systems

You might sometimes be working on very complex systems. You could learn to fit closed circuit television (CCTV), access control and integrated systems.

Working conditions

Hours

You would usually work from 9 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday. Overtime and weekend work is also often available. With some employers you may work on a rota that provides 24-hour cover.

Environment

You would work both indoors and outdoors on a variety of buildings. Your job is likely to involve lifting equipment, and possibly working at heights.

Travel

You would travel from job to job. A driving licence may be necessary in some cases.

UK employment status

Full-time

Part-time

Self employed

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  • Concentrating
  • Attention to detail
  • Verbal communication
  • Observation
  • Problem Solving

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Getting in

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Qualifications

There are no formal qualifications required to enter this role but most employers value a good general education.

You may get in through a Modern Apprenticeship.

Some employers may ask for qualifications at SCQF level 4/5.

Useful subjects

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science subjects
  • Technologies subjects

You will also need

  • To be approved for membership of the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme run by Disclosure Scotland
  • to have a full driving licence

You may have to pass colour vision tests.

Helpful to have

Qualifications and experience that show an understanding of the industry and technical skills such as Skills for Work Engineering Skills (SCQF level 5).

Once in a job you may be able to gain relevant work-based qualifications such as a Scottish Vocational Qualification in Electronic Security Systems (SVQ level 3).