What does a Security and Fire Alarm System Installer do?
Install, program, maintain, or repair security or fire alarm wiring and equipment. Ensure that work is in accordance with relevant codes.
- Examine systems to locate problems, such as loose connections or broken insulation.
- 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.
- 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.
- Feed cables through access holes, roof spaces, or cavity walls to reach fixture outlets, positioning and terminating cables, wires, or strapping.
- Test backup batteries, keypad programming, sirens, or other security features to ensure proper functioning or to diagnose malfunctions.