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Security/Fire Alarm Systems Technician


Install, program, maintain, or repair security or fire alarm wiring and equipment, including automated security systems and employee identification card systems. Ensure that work is in accordance with relevant codes. Provide training to employees on use and features of systems. Familiar with standard concepts, practices, and procedures within the field. Rely on limited experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals. Perform a variety of tasks. Work under general supervision. Exercise a certain degree of creativity and latitude is required. Typically report to a Maintenance Supervisor or Maintenance Manager.

Examples of Work

Job functions are specific duties that would be included in the essential functions of the job description. These functions are not all-inclusive nor do they cover the full extent of the duties performed.

  • 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
  • Provide training to employees on use and features of systems

Education and Experience

A high school diploma (or equivalent) and one (1) year of appropriate experience
Appropriate college coursework or vocational/technical training may substitute at an equivalent rate for the required experience

Licensure and Certification

Florida Class E operator (driver) license


Typically report to a Maintenance Supervisor or Maintenance Manager
Work under general supervision
Does not directly supervise
May lead and direct the work of others

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