Summary Report for:
49-2098.00 - Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers
Install, program, maintain, or repair security or fire alarm wiring and equipment. Ensure that work is in accordance with relevant codes.
Sample of reported job titles: Alarm Technician, Electronic Security Technician, Fire Alarm Technician, Fire and Sound Service Technician, Home Security Alarm Installer, Installation Technician, Low Voltage Technician, Security Installer, Security Technician, Service Technician
Tasks | Tools & Technology | Knowledge | Skills | Abilities | Work Activities | Detailed Work Activities | Work Context | Job Zone | Education | Credentials | Interests | Work Styles | Work Values | Related Occupations | Wages & Employment | Job Openings
- Examine systems to locate problems, such as loose connections or broken insulation.
- Test backup batteries, keypad programming, sirens, and all security features in order to ensure proper functioning, and to diagnose malfunctions.
- Mount and fasten control panels, door and window contacts, sensors, or video cameras and attach electrical and telephone wiring to connect components.
- Install, maintain, or repair security systems, alarm devices, or related equipment, following blueprints of electrical layouts and building plans.
- Feed cables through access holes, roof spaces, and cavity walls to reach fixture outlets; then position and terminate cables, wires and strapping.
- Inspect installation sites and study work orders, building plans, and installation manuals to determine materials requirements and installation procedures.
- Adjust sensitivity of units, based on room structures and manufacturers' recommendations, using programming keypads.
- Test and repair circuits and sensors, following wiring and system specifications.
- Drill holes for wiring in wall studs, joists, ceilings, or floors.
- Demonstrate systems for customers and explain details, such as the causes and consequences of false alarms.
- Consult with clients to assess risks and to determine security requirements.
- Keep informed of new products and developments.
- Mount raceways and conduits and fasten wires to wood framing, using staplers.
- Provide customers with cost estimates for equipment installation.
- Prepare documents, such as invoices or warranties.
- Order replacement parts.
Tools & Technology
Tools used in this occupation:
- Adjustable widemouth pliers
- Battery testers — Battery analyzers
- Claw hammer — Claw hammers
- Electrical frequency meters
- Electronic measuring probes — Inductive probes
- Field strength measuring equipment — Field strength meters
- Fish tape — Flexible wire pullers; Wire pullers
- Ladders — Extension ladders
- Levels — Bubble levels
- Locking pliers — Channel lock pliers
- Lug crimping tool dies — Bayonet Neill-Concelman BNC crimpers
- Manlift or personnel lift — Personnel lifts
- Multimeters — Digital multimeters
- Needlenose pliers
- Notebook computers — Laptop computers
- Offset socket wrenches — Offset socket wrench sets
- Ohmmeters — Digital ohmmeters; Volt-ohm meters VOM
- Oscilloscopes — Digital oscilloscopes
- Personal digital assistant PDAs or organizers — Personal digital assistants PDA
- Phasemeters — Precision phasemeters
- Power drills — Cordless drills; Hammer drills
- Power meters — Fiber optics testers
- Razor knives
- Reflectometers — Optical time domain reflectometers OTDR
- Scaffolding — Rolling scaffolds
- Screwdrivers — Flat blade screwdrivers; Jeweler's flat blade screwdrivers; Jeweler's Phillips screwdrivers; Phillips head screwdrivers
- Signal generators — Color bar generators; Tone generators
- Soldering iron — Butane soldering irons; Electric soldering irons
- Sound measuring apparatus or decibel meter — Decibel meters
- Staple guns
- Stripping tools — Bayonet Neill-Concelman BNC cable strippers
- Telephony equipment service observing units — Telephone test sets
- Vectorscope — Vectorscopes
- Video monitors — Portable video monitors
- Voltage or current meters — Digital voltmeters DVM
- Wire cutters — Wire cutting tools
- Wire lug crimping tool — Crimping lugs; Spade lugs
Technology used in this occupation:
- 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.
- 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.
- Building and Construction — Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
- English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
- Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
- Telecommunications — Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
- Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
- Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
- Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
- Installation — Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.
- Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
- Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
- Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
- Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
- Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
- Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
- Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
- 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.
- Arm-Hand Steadiness — The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
- Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
- Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
- Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
- Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
- Multilimb Coordination — The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
- Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
- Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
- Manual Dexterity — The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
- Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
- Visual Color Discrimination — The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
- Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
- Finger Dexterity — The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
- Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
- Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
- Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
- Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
- Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment — Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing machines, devices, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of electrical or electronic (not mechanical) principles.
- Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
- Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards — Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
- Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
- Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
- Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
- Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
- Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
- Communicating with Persons Outside Organization — Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
- Performing for or Working Directly with the Public — Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.
- Performing General Physical Activities — Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
- Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
- Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
- Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
- Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
- Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
- Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
- Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
- Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
- Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
- Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
- Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information — Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity.
- Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
Detailed Work Activities
- Order materials, supplies, or equipment.
- Confer with customers or users to assess problems.
- Determine types of equipment, tools, or materials needed for jobs.
- Adjust equipment to ensure optimal performance.
- Position equipment using hand tools, power tools, or heavy equipment.
- Document operational activities.
- Test electrical circuits or components for proper functioning.
- Install electrical components, equipment, or systems.
- Inspect equipment to locate or identify electrical problems.
- Repair electrical circuits or wiring.
- Drill holes in parts, equipment, or materials.
- Plan work procedures.
- Estimate costs for labor or materials.
- Lay cables to connect equipment.
- Repair electrical components.
- Explain use of products or services.
- Inspect safety equipment to ensure proper functioning.
- Run wiring to connect equipment.
- In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment — 92% responded “Every day.”
- Face-to-Face Discussions — 73% responded “Every day.”
- Contact With Others — 57% responded “Constant contact with others.”
- Telephone — 73% responded “Every day.”
- Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 62% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
- Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 55% responded “Important results.”
- Freedom to Make Decisions — 47% responded “A lot of freedom.”
- Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 41% responded “Extremely important.”
- Duration of Typical Work Week — 52% responded “More than 40 hours.”
- Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 41% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
- Deal With External Customers — 39% responded “Extremely important.”
- Frequency of Decision Making — 41% responded “Every day.”
- Time Pressure — 53% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
- Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — 42% responded “Every day.”
- Spend Time Standing — 41% responded “More than half the time.”
- Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — 30% responded “Every day.”
- Structured versus Unstructured Work — 33% responded “Some freedom.”
- Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — 43% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
- Coordinate or Lead Others — 32% responded “Extremely important.”
- Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — 47% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
- Work With Work Group or Team — 30% responded “Extremely important.”
- Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 37% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
- Consequence of Error — 40% responded “Very serious.”
- Exposed to Contaminants — 35% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
- Exposed to High Places — 29% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
- Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions — 39% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
- Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting — 46% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
- Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 29% responded “Moderate responsibility.”
- Level of Competition — 42% responded “Moderately competitive.”
- Spend Time Climbing Ladders, Scaffolds, or Poles — 33% responded “About half the time.”
- Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 40% responded “Less than half the time.”
- Outdoors, Under Cover — 33% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
- Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People — 51% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
- Physical Proximity — 34% responded “Moderately close (at arm's length).”
- Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 27% responded “High responsibility.”
|Title||Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed|
|Education||Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.|
|Related Experience||Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.|
|Job Training||Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.|
|Job Zone Examples||These occupations usually involve using communication and organizational skills to coordinate, supervise, manage, or train others to accomplish goals. Examples include food service managers, electricians, agricultural technicians, legal secretaries, occupational therapy assistants, and medical assistants.|
|SVP Range||(6.0 to < 7.0)|
Percentage of Respondents
|Education Level Required|
|44||High school diploma or equivalent|
|7||Less than high school diploma|
Interest code: RC
- Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
- Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
- Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.
- Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
- Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
- Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
- Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
- Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
- Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
- Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
- Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
- Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
- Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
- Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
- Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
- Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
- Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
- Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
- Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
- Relationships — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
- Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
Wages & Employment Trends
|Median wages (2014)||$20.46 hourly, $42,560 annual|
|Employment (2012)||58,000 employees|
|Projected growth (2012-2022)||Faster than average (15% to 21%)|
|Projected job openings (2012-2022)||21,000|
|Top industries (2012)|
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data and 2012-2022 employment projections . "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.