Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers


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Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers

Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, security and fire alarm systems installers:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Have a high level of social contact. They interact with supervisors and customers throughout the day.
  • Communicate with others by telephone and face-to-face discussions.
  • Are somewhat responsible for the health and safety of customers.
  • Have limited responsibility for the work done by others.
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  • May work as part of a team.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Often wear protective or safety gear, such as eye goggles.
  • Work both outdoors and indoors when installing systems. Indoor locations may not have heating or air conditioning at the time of installation.
  • Usually travel to and from work sites in a company truck or van.
  • Occasionally have to get into awkward positions to reach cramped work places.
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  • May have to work in bright or dim lighting conditions.
  • May have to reach high places to install certain components.
  • Are sometimes exposed to contaminants, such as dust.
  • Occasionally must listen to loud sounds and distracting noise levels.
  • May be exposed to hot or cold temperatures, depending on the weather.

Work Performance

  • Must be very exact and accurate during installations. Errors could cause system malfunctions.
  • Sometimes make decisions that greatly impact their customers and company's reputation. They sometimes act independently, but may seek input from a supervisor for large decisions.
  • Usually set their daily tasks and goals with some input from a supervisor.
  • Repeat the same physical and mental activities.
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  • Work in a moderately competitive atmosphere in which strict weekly and daily deadlines must be met.

Hours/Travel

  • Usually work full time.
  • Generally work a set schedule.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.