Alarm technicians are responsible for the installation, repair, replacement, and maintenance of alarms and alarm accessories. An alarm technician is also in charge of alarm maintenance, including inspections and warranty requests. They must be able to analyze blueprints and drawings of fire alarms - as well as related wiring and electrical systems - to determine the most efficient way to install and upgrade the equipment. The alarm technician is also responsible for inspecting and diagnosing the cause of any issues or failures within the alarm system, as well as coordinating the repair or replacement of those systems with their manager.
The alarm technician also assigns work to outside contractors as necessary and ensures contractors' projects are completed in a timely manner and in accordance with all relevant regulations. They are responsible for using standard industry procedures or methodology during installation and troubleshooting, and they must work within a strict budget and advise other technicians on proper procedures. Alarm technicians must be familiar with - and follow - all relevant safety requirements. This is typically a full-time position, which may require night and weekend work depending on the employer. Temperatures in technicians' work environment may vary, as they often work outdoors.
A high school diploma or equivalent is generally required for this position. Alarm technicians must hold a valid driver's license and be properly insured to perform electrical installation work. They must possess all necessary certifications and training to install and work with electrical systems as well. These technicians are frequently required to sit, stand, crouch, kneel, climb, and balance. Often, alarm technicians are required to provide their own tools.
Alarm Technician Tasks
Test backup batteries, keypad programming, sirens, and all security features in order to ensure proper functioning, and to diagnose malfunctions.
Install, maintain, or repair security systems, alarm devices, and related equipment.
Examine systems to locate problems such as loose connections or broken insulation.
Demonstrate systems for customers, and explain details such as the causes and consequences of false alarms.