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Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers - 49-2098.00

O*NET-SOC Description

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

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Adjust sensitivity of units, based on room structures and manufacturers' recommendations, using programming keypads.
  • Consult with clients to assess risks and to determine security requirements.
  • Demonstrate systems for customers and explain details, such as the causes and consequences of false alarms.
  • Drill holes for wiring in wall studs, joists, ceilings, or floors.
  • Examine systems to locate problems, such as loose connections or broken insulation.
  • 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.
  • Install, maintain, or repair security systems, alarm devices, or related equipment, following blueprints of electrical layouts and building plans.
  • Keep informed of new products and developments.
  • Mount and fasten control panels, door and window contacts, sensors, or video cameras and attach electrical and telephone wiring to connect components.
  • Mount raceways and conduits and fasten wires to wood framing, using staplers.
  • Order replacement parts.
  • Prepare documents, such as invoices or warranties.
  • Provide customers with cost estimates for equipment installation.
  • Test and repair circuits and sensors, following wiring and system specifications.
  • Test backup batteries, keypad programming, sirens, and all security features in order to ensure proper functioning, and to diagnose malfunctions.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Adjust equipment to ensure optimal performance.
  • Confer with customers or users to assess problems.
  • Determine types of equipment, tools, or materials needed for jobs.
  • Document operational activities.
  • Drill holes in parts, equipment, or materials.
  • Estimate costs for labor or materials.
  • Explain use of products or services.
  • Inspect equipment to locate or identify electrical problems.
  • Inspect safety equipment to ensure proper functioning.
  • Install electrical components, equipment, or systems.
  • Lay cables to connect equipment.
  • Order materials, supplies, or equipment.
  • Plan work procedures.
  • Position equipment using hand tools, power tools, or heavy equipment.
  • Repair electrical circuits or wiring.
  • Repair electrical components.
  • Run wiring to connect equipment.
  • Test electrical circuits or components for proper functioning.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Computer/Detection Systems Repairer (Army - Enlisted)
  • Interior Communications Electrician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Interior Communications Electrician Basic (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) Maintenance Technician (Navy - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Protective-Signal Installer
  • Protective-Signal Repairer