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Security Alarm Installer

Security alarm installers install and maintain electronic security alarm and surveillance systems for homes, businesses, and industrial properties.

Also Known As

Alarm Installer Integrator, Alarm System Installer, Burglar Alarm Installer, Security System Technician

NOC Codes

In Canada, the federal government groups and organizes occupations based on a National Occupational Classification (NOC) system. This alis occupation may not reflect the entire NOC group it is part of. Data for the NOC group can apply across multiple occupations.

The NOC system is updated every 5 years to reflect changes in the labour market. Government forms and labour market data may group and refer to an occupation differently, depending on the system used.

Here is how this occupation has been classified over time.

2006 NOC

  • 2242: Electronic Service Technicians (Household and Business Equipment)

2006 NOC-S

  • C142: Electronic Service Technicians (Household and Business Equipment)

2011 NOC

  • 2242: Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment)

2016 NOC

  • 2242: Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment)

2021 NOC

  • 22311: Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment)

2023 OaSIS

  • 22311.00: Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment)
Duties
Updated Mar 24, 2023

Security alarm systems may include motion sensors, video surveillance and other types of intruder and alarm devices. These may be wired or wireless. In general, security alarm installers lay out wiring routes, cut openings in walls, floors, and frames, mount raceways or conduits, and pull wires through and splice them. They also:

  • Check the installation site, read the work order, and check drawings to determine locations for specified equipment
  • Program security systems onsite, or program them remotely across cell networks or the internet, using computers and special software
  • Integrate security systems into other existing home “smart” automation networked systems
  • Use equipment, such as multimeters, to test systems
  • Demonstrate systems for customers and explain the cause and seriousness of false alarms
  • Troubleshoot malfunctions and make the necessary adjustments or repairs
  • Prepare documents such as invoices, warranties, installation, and repair records, and ensure that clients sign contracts
Working Conditions
Updated Mar 24, 2023
  • Strength Required Lift up to 10 kg

Security alarm installers work in both indoor and outdoor settings. These may vary from clean, comfortable homes and businesses to cold, dusty buildings under construction. Travel between job sites is required.

A standard 40-hour workweek is the norm. However, they may need to work some overtime during busy periods. For customer convenience, security alarm installers may work some evenings and weekends.

Due to the 24-hour nature of the business, security alarm installers may be required to be on call for after-hours emergency service.

Installers must observe safety precautions to avoid injuries when working with power tools and electricity. They must wear personal protective equipment (PPE) when working on construction sites. On some sites, they can expect to work on ladders, scaffolding, and man lifts. The work involves handling heavier items.

Interests & Abilities

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2006 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups. If there are multiple related NOC groups, select a NOC heading to learn about each one.

Electronic Service Technicians (Household and Business Equipment)

2006 NOC: 2242

Interest Codes

Interest Codes for This NOC Group
OBJECTIVE

Interest in precision working to adjust, align, replace and repair equipment, assemblies and components following manuals and schematics; and to inspect and test equipment, components and assemblies using multimeters, circuit testers, oscilloscopes, logic probes and other test instruments, tools and equipment

INNOVATIVE

Interest in analyzing equipment to diagnose and locate circuit, component and equipment faults

METHODICAL

Interest in speaking to customers regarding equipment malfunctions to complete work orders; may supervise other electronic equipment service technicians

Your Interest Codes

To identify or change your interest codes, complete the Interests Exercise in CAREERinsite.

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. 

It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective, and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes for this NOC group is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation.

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

Learn About Interests

Abilities

Typical ability expectations for this NOC group
Your abilities

To fill in or change the values for your abilities, complete the Abilities Exercise in CAREERinsite.

Mental Abilities

General Learning Ability

Verbal Ability

Numerical Ability

Visual Abilities

Spatial Perception

Form Perception

Clerical Perception

Physical Abilities

Motor Coordination

Finger Dexterity

Manual Dexterity

Understanding Abilities

A Quick Guide

You are born with abilities that help you process certain types of information and turn it into action. These abilities influence which skills you can learn more easily.

The abilities or aptitudes shown for this NOC group come from the General Aptitude Test Battery (GATB). The GATB measures 9 aptitudes. It groups them into 3 categories: mental, visual, and physical.

The abilities scores range from 1 to 5, with 5 being stronger.

Learn About Abilities

Traits & Skills
Updated Mar 24, 2023

Security alarm installers need:

  • Motor coordination and manual dexterity
  • Normal colour vision
  • Mechanical aptitude and spatial perception
  • Communication (reading and writing) and interpersonal skills for dealing with customers and other workers
  • A positive and professional image
  • The ability to self-motivate and self-direct, due to often working alone

They should enjoy using tools and equipment to perform precision tasks. They should like troubleshooting problems. They should enjoy working with little direction or supervision.

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2016 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups. If there are multiple related NOC groups, select a NOC heading to learn about each one.

Top 10 Skills Employers Are Looking For

Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment)

2016 NOC: 2242

This chart shows which job skills are currently in highest demand for this occupational group. It was created using this occupation's 102 most recent Alberta job postings, collected between Aug 23, 2023 and Apr 23, 2024.

Review these skills to learn:

  • Whether or not this occupation matches your skill set
  • What training you may need to get these skills
  • What skills to highlight in your resumé, cover letter, and interview.
Tasks: Install, maintain and repair electronic equipment
Tasks: Inspect and test electronic equipment and assemblies
Tasks: Complete work orders, test and maintenance reports
Tasks: Adjust, align, replace or repair electronic equipment and assemblies
Tasks: Diagnose and locate circuit, component and equipment faults
Attention to detail
Tasks: Prepare cost estimates
Experience: 1 year to less than 2 years
Tasks: Supervise other electronic equipment service technicians
Construction Specialization: Organized
Educational Requirements
Updated Mar 24, 2023
  • Minimum Education High school diploma

In Alberta, security alarm installers receive on-job training. In general, employers prefer applicants who have:

  • A high school diploma
  • A background in electronics or building construction
  • A valid driver’s licence

Computer aptitude is an asset. A working knowledge of computer and Wi-Fi networks is important, but training can be provided. A security clearance check may be required.

High schools, colleges, private vocational schools, and technical institutes throughout Alberta offer electronics courses. When there is sufficient demand and funding, the Canadian Security Association (CANASA) offers Alarm Technician Level I and II courses. These self-study programs are offered in locations across Canada. Applicants must be bondable (acceptable to bonding companies as responsible, law-abiding people). They must have a high school diploma with English and math courses (or equivalent qualifications).

Alarm installers must study on an ongoing basis to keep up with new developments in electronics.

To expand or narrow your search for programs related to this occupation, visit Post-Secondary Programs.

Completing a program does not guarantee entrance into an occupation. Before enrolling in an education program, prospective students should look into various sources for education options and employment possibilities. For example, contact associations and employers in this field.

Certification Requirements
Updated Mar 24, 2023
  • Certification Not Regulated

Some provinces require certification to work in this occupation. Some municipalities, such as the city of Calgary, require security alarm installers to be licensed.

Employment & Advancement
Updated Mar 24, 2023

Security alarm installers work for alarm companies ranging in size from local operations to national chains. A growing number of installers work on a contract basis.

Experienced installers may advance to lead installer and supervisor positions. They may move into other areas, such as sales or customer service, or set up their own businesses.

Industry Concentration

This section shows the industries where the majority of people in this occupation work. The data is based on the 2016 Census.

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2016 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups.

In the 2242: Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment) occupational group, 75.7% of people work in:

Employment Outlook

Employment outlook is influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • Time of year (for seasonal jobs)
  • Location in Alberta
  • Employment turnover (when people leave existing positions)
  • Occupational growth (when new positions are created)
  • Size of the occupation
  • Trends and events that affect overall employment, especially in the industry or industries from the previous list

In Alberta, the 2242: Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment) occupational group is expected to have a below-average annual growth of 1.7% from 2019 to 2023. In addition to job openings created by employment turnover, 116 new positions are forecasted to be created within this occupational group each year.

Note
NOC groups often include several related occupations. Although there is labour market data for the larger NOC group, this occupation makes up only a part of that group. It means data for this occupation may be different than the data shown. For example, only some of the new positions to be created will be for this occupation. It also applies to other data for the NOC group such as number of people employed.

Source: 2019-2023 Alberta Regional Occupational Demand Outlook

Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.

Related Alberta Job Postings
Wage & Salary
Updated Mar 24, 2023

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2016 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups. If there are multiple related NOC groups, select a NOC heading to learn about each one.

Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment)

2016 NOC: 2242
Average Wage
$31.85
Per Hour
Average Salary
$65,450.00
Per Year
Average Hours
39.5
Per Week
Average Months on Payroll
12
Survey Methodology Survey Analysis

Source
2021 Alberta Wage and Salary Survey

NOC 2242 Wage Profile

Unless otherwise noted, the data shown here is for all industries and all regions in Alberta.

All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production), and other forms of compensation.

To see the full survey data for this NOC group, visit the wage profile.

Other wage sources
To make an informed wage and salary decision, research other wage sources [pdf] to supplement this data.

B: Good Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

Good Reliability, represents a CV of between 6.01% and 15.00% and/or fewer than 30 survey observations and/or if survey observations represent less than 50% of all estimated employment for the occupation.


Hourly Wage

For full-time and part-time employees
  • Low
  • High
  • Average
  • Median
Starting
Overall
Top

Hourly Wage

For full-time and part-time employees
Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $18.00 $33.65 $23.72 $21.03
Overall $20.00 $53.87 $31.85 $28.85
Top $25.00 $74.52 $47.69 $45.67

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* All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production) and other forms of compensation.

Pay brackets for hourly wages

  • Starting pay: average pay offered for entry-level positions
  • Overall pay: average pay across all employees in this occupation
  • Top pay: average pay offered to top-paid employees

Industry Information

ALL INDUSTRIES
Wholesale Trade
Retail Trade
Professional, Scientific & Technical Services

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years
42%
42%)
Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties
13%
13%
Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months
3%
3%
Vacancy Rate
1%
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Trades, Industrial and Related Training
Other Sources of Information
Updated Mar 24, 2023

BuildForce Canada website: www.buildforce.ca

Canadian Security Association website: www.canasa.org/CANASA

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Updated Mar 24, 2023. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook, and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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