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
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
You 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.
Personal Qualities and Skills
As 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
Personal skills - are you:
- a great observer? You will need to be able to spot faulty machine parts
- a good communicator? You will need to explain to customers exactly what you are doing, in non-technical terms.
- able to work on your own initiative? You will need to be able to make important decisions whilst working on your own.
If any of these personal skills sound like you, then why not think about becoming a Security Engineer!
Pay and Opportunities
The pay rates given below are approximate.
Security Engineers earn in the range:
Starting: £18,000 - £22,000
With experience: £25,000 - £30,000
High flyers: up to £35,000
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 can also be found through specialist engineering recruitment agencies, internet job boards and the websites of professional engineering bodies.
Entry Routes and Training
So, how do you become a Security Engineer?
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.
You will learn the skills and get the experience you need to become a skilled Security Engineer.
See the subjects section, for a list of relevant GCSE subjects, that could help you to get in.
You do not need A levels to get into this job.
You do not need an HND, HNC or degree in order to get into this career.
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.
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.
Those with skills gained in engineering have an advantage, including:
- machine maintenance
- mechanical fault finding
- reading and following engineering technical drawings
- manual machine operation
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