CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Electronic
Benchmark Title: Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers
Summary Job Description Tasks
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.
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, and video cameras, and attach electrical and telephone wiring in order to connect components.
Install, maintain, or repair security systems, alarm devices, and 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 in order 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, and 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 and warranties.
Order replacement parts.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Electronic
Benchmark Title: Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
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.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Electronic
Benchmark Title: Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
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.
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Installation Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Troubleshooting Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Operation and Control Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
Equipment Maintenance Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
Repairing Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Electronic
Benchmark Title: Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
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.
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
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).
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.
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
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).
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
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.
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
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 Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
Trunk Strength The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Electronic
Benchmark Title: Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet software
Microsoft Hyperterminal Platform interconnectivity software
Microsoft Outlook Electronic mail software
Microsoft Word Word processing software
Traceroute Network monitoring software
Adjustable widemouth pliers Adjustable widemouth pliers
Battery analyzers Battery testers
Bayonet Neill-Concelman BNC cable strippers Stripping tools
Bayonet Neill-Concelman BNC crimpers Lug crimping tool dies
Bubble levels Levels
Butane soldering irons Soldering irons or guns
Channel lock pliers Locking pliers
Claw hammers Hammers
Color bar generators Signal generators
Cordless drills Power drills
Crimping lugs Wire lug crimping tool
Decibel meters Sound measuring apparatus or decibel meter
Digital multimeters Multimeters
Digital ohmmeters Ohmmeters
Digital oscilloscopes Oscilloscopes
Digital voltmeters DVM Voltage or current meters
Electric soldering irons Soldering irons or guns
Electrical frequency meters Electrical frequency meters
Extension ladders Ladders
Fiber optics testers Power meters
Field strength meters Field strength measuring equipment
Flat blade screwdrivers Screwdrivers
Flexible wire pullers Fish tape
Hammer drills Power drills
Inductive probes Electronic measuring probes
Jeweler's Phillips screwdrivers Screwdrivers
Jeweler's flat blade screwdrivers Screwdrivers
Laptop computers Notebook computers
Needlenose pliers Needlenose pliers
Offset socket wrench sets Socket sets
Optical time domain reflectometers OTDR Reflectometers
Personal digital assistants PDA Personal digital assistant PDAs or organizers
Personnel lifts Manlift or personnel lift
Phillips head screwdrivers Screwdrivers
Portable video monitors Video monitors
Precision phasemeters Phasemeters
Razor knives Razor knives
Rolling scaffolds Scaffolding
Spade lugs Wire lug crimping tool
Staple guns Staple guns
Telephone test sets Telephony equipment service observing units
Tone generators Signal generators
Vectorscopes Oscilloscopes
Volt-ohm meters VOM Ohmmeters
Wire cutting tools Wire cutters
Wire pullers Fish tape
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Electronic
Benchmark Title: Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education High School Diploma (or GED or High School Equivalence Certificate)
Required Level of Education Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in Personnel Services, Engineering-related Technologies, Vocational Home Economics, Construction Trades, Mechanics and Repairers, Precision Production Trades)
Related Work Experience None
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Electronic
Benchmark Title: Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers
Alternate Job Title(s)
Alarm Adjuster
Alarm Technician
Burglar Alarm Inspector
Burglar Alarm Installer
Burglar Alarm Mechanic
Electrical Fire Alarm Repairer Inspector
Electronic Fire Control Systems Mechanic
Electronic Security Technician
Fire Alarm Installer
Fire Alarm Mechanic
Fire Alarm Technician
Fire and Sound Service Technician
Home Fire Alarm Installer
Home Security Alarm Installer
Installation Technician
Low Voltage Technician
Protective Signal Installer
Protective Signal Repairer
Security Engineer
Security Installation Technician
Security Installer
Security Systems Installer
Security Technician
Service Technician
Special Systems Technician
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Electronic
Benchmark Title: Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers
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