In 2014, there were more than 1 million fires and 1.5 million burglaries in the U.S. With these staggering statistics, it’s no wonder so many businesses and homeowners are hiring companies to install fire and security alarm systems. After all, alarms help save lives and prevent property loss. The men and women who work as security alarm technicians bring those property owners a sense of safety and peace of mind. Have you ever considered working as a security alarm technician? Here’s what you might do:
Meet with clients to assess their alarm system needs. As a security alarm technician, you’ll help businesses and homeowners determine the type of alarm system that meets their needs. By listening to what they want and expect from their alarm system, you’ll help them decide on choices like whether to use a hard-wired or wireless system and whether or not to be connected to a monitoring and dispatch center. You’ll also help them decide upon the components of the system that will best fit their home or office.
Draw up cost estimates. Once you have a sense of what your client needs, you’ll work to give them an estimate of how much the system and installation will cost. You’ll prepare, file and present the estimate with your company and the client. You might also need to work with the client to modify the system to meet their budget, while still assuring them the protection they desire.
Install alarm systems by following system schematics and building blueprints, paying special attention to the home’s electrical layout. You’ll use tools such as drills, stud detectors, staplers, screwdrivers, pliers, wrenches and wire strippers. You’ll create access holes for wires and feed the system’s cables and wiring throughout the home. You’ll also mount control panels and door and window contacts, as well as sensors and cameras. Then you’ll test everything to make certain it’s up and running properly to do its job.
You’ll need to demonstrate how the system works and answer any questions the property owner might have by doing a run through of the system operation and programming. In addition, you will explain what to expect when the alarm is tripped, whether accidentally or in the event of an actual emergency. You’ll also provide warranty and contact information so the business or homeowner can reach you if they have questions after the installation.
Perform repairs on alarm systems. Another part of your job as a security alarm technician will be to offer maintenance and repair to existing systems. You may run routine tests on circuits, sensors and other security features to make certain everything is working properly. If it’s not, you’ll need to diagnose the problem and make repairs.
Does being a security alarm technician sound like the career for you? The Connecticut campuses of Porter and Chester Institute offer Low Voltage Technician career training that could teach you the skills you’d need to become a security alarm technician. Contact us today at 800-870-6789 to schedule a school tour at one of our campuses in Connecticut or Massachusetts. Classes start soon!