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Security Engineer

Introduction

People use a variety of methods and equipment to help to keep themeselves and their property safe, and specialist Security Engineers are needed to help install and maintain these security systems. Could you be a specialist Security Engineer?

Also known as

  • Fire Alarm Engineer
  • CCTV Engineer

Work Activities

People use a variety of methods and equipment to help to keep themeselves and their property safe, and specialist Security Engineers are needed to help install and maintain these security systems.

Examples of security systems include:

  • CCTV cameras
  • automated gates and barriers
  • intruder alarms
  • fire alarms
  • access control systems

As a Security Engineer, you will be responsible for installing, servicing and maintaining these security systems within business premises and people's private homes.

You might specialise in one particular area, or work on various different types.

You will need to explain to the customer, exactly what you are doing, and you might have to give them instructions on how to work the security system once you have installed it

Your duties could also include:

  • data cabling - this can be used to connect an organisation's security system to its IT structure. You will be responsible for laying the cables and linking them with any existing IT networks.
  • system programming - you might be responsible for programming and setting up a security system to perform in a particular way for a particular client

You may have the use of a company car or van, so that you can make visits to clients. A driving licence would therefore be a great help.

Being able to read, write and speak Welsh may be an advantage when you’re looking for work in Wales.

Personal Qualities and Skills

To become a Security Engineer, you'll need:

  • good practical skills
  • fault finding skills
  • to understand technical information and diagrams
  • great customer service skills
  • to be able to work according to the latest industry guidelines and safety regulations
  • the ability to work on your own and also as part of a team

Pay and Opportunities

Pay

The pay rates given below are approximate.

  • Starting: £25,000 - £27,000
  • With experience: £29,000 - £33,500
  • Senior Security Engineers earn £37,000 - £40,000

Hours of work

Security Engineers usually work up to 39 hours a week, Monday to Friday. However, shift work, night and weekend work may be required.

Where could I work?

Employers are a broad range of manufacturing companies.

Opportunities for Security Engineers occur with employers in towns and cities throughout the UK.

Where are vacancies advertised?

Vacancies are advertised in local/national newspapers, trade industry publications, at Jobcentre Plus and on the Universal Jobmatch website.

Vacancies can also be found through specialist engineering recruitment agencies, internet job boards and the websites of professional engineering bodies.

Entry Routes and Training

Entry routes

As a school leaver, without GCSEs, you could get straight into this career. You will train on-the-job, and might be able to work towards gaining a work-based qualification, such as a:

  • Vocationally Related Qualification (VRQ)
  • National Vocational Qualification (NVQ)

These can form part of an Intermediate or Advanced Level Apprenticeship. Take a look at our information article 'Apprenticeships – How do I apply', for more details about applying for apprenticeship positions.

You will learn the skills and get the experience you need to become a skilled Security Engineer.

Progression

As a Security Engineer, you might be able to progress to a specialist posts or to Team Leader/Supervisor positions after further training and experience.

Work Experience

Those with skills gained in engineering have an advantage, including:

  • machine maintenance
  • mechanical fault finding
  • reading and following engineering technical drawings
  • installation
  • manual machine operation

Qualifications

To get onto an Intermediate or Advanced Level Apprenticeship, you’ll usually need five GCSEs at grade C/4 or above, possibly including English and maths.

Adult Opportunities

Age limits

It is illegal for any organisation to set age limits for entry to employment, education or training, unless they can show there is a real need to have these limits.

Skills/experience

Those with skills gained in engineering have an advantage, including:

  • machine maintenance
  • mechanical fault finding
  • reading and following engineering technical drawings
  • installation
  • manual machine operation

Further Information

Semta

Skills for science, engineering and manufacturing technologies

Address: 14 Upton Road, Watford, Hertfordshire WD18 0JT

Tel: 0845 6439001

Email: customerservices@semta.org.uk

Website: www.semta.org.uk

Tomorrow's Engineers

Publisher: EngineeringUK and Royal Academy of Engineering

Email: contactus@tomorrowsengineers.org.uk

Website: www.tomorrowsengineers.org.uk

Construction Industry Training Board (CITB)

Address: Blue Court, Church Lane, Kings Langley, Hertfordshire WD4 8JP

Tel: 01923 260000

Email: ecitb@ecitb.org.uk

Website: careers.ecitb.org.uk

Scottish Engineering

Scottish enquiries

Address: 105 West George Street, Glasgow G2 1QL

Tel: 0141 2213181

Email: consult@scottishengineering.org.uk

Website: www.scottishengineering.org.uk

Careers Wales - Welsh Apprenticeships

Tel: 0800 028 4844

Website: ams.careerswales.com/

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