Trades & Services

Security Systems Technician

Security systems technicians design, set up and repair security systems and devices in homes and businesses.

  • Entry-level education

    Apprenticeship or traineeship

  • Job outlook

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What does a Security Systems Technician do?

Security systems technicians design, set up and repair security systems and devices in homes and businesses.


Work activities

As a security system technicians you would:

  • visit client sites and assess security needs and requirements
  • make recommendations on appropriate security systems or devices
  • provide a cost estimate for equipment and installation
  • plan the best placement of systems or devices
  • install undetectable cabling and wiring for alarms, CCTV, or other devices
  • connect equipment to electricity and telephone lines
  • test all equipment and adjust as necessary
  • find and fix faults in installed systems.

Key skills and interests

To become a security systems technician, you would need:

  • a thorough understanding of electronics
  • good practical skills
  • the ability to read technical drawings and building plans
  • problem-solving skills
  • a methodical approach
  • communication skills
  • honesty and trustworthiness
  • to keep up to date with advances in security technology and installation.

Working hours and conditions

Working Hours

In a full-time role as a security systems technician you would work a standard number of hours per week. You may be required to work weekends, shifts, or overtime as necessary. If you are self-employed, you would choose your own hours, often to best suit your clients' requirements.


You would work mainly on clients' sites, with indoors and outdoors work often required. Some jobs my require working at heights. You would need a current drivers' licence. In some roles, a van may be supplied, and you may be required to wear a uniform.


How to become an Security Systems Technician?

Entry Level Education

To become a security system technician you usually have to complete an apprenticeship or traineeship in Technical Security, Security Assembly and Setup of Security Equipment. Generally, employers require a junior secondary school certificate or equivalent.

Depending on the State in which you live, licences may be required. You will also need to be registered as a cabler with the Australian Security Industry Association (ASIAL) or another Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) approved registrar.


Job outlook

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Employment of security system technicians is projected to grow faster than the average for all occupations.

An added emphasis on safety and security, along with strong continued growth in construction of new residential and commercial buildings, will mean excellent overall job opportunities for security system technicians.


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