Key information

  1. Reference: ST0189
  2. Date updated: 04/12/2023
  3. Level: 3
  4. Route: Construction and the built environment
  5. Regulated occupation: No

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Occupation summary

Fire, Emergency and Security Systems Technicians design, install, commission and maintain electronic systems in and outside simple and complex premises to protect individuals, homes and properties from risk and danger. Systems include fire, security and emergency systems to detect intrusion, provide surveillance, monitor and control access to buildings, properties and sites or to detect fire and emergencies. Skills include interconnection of equipment, programming, verifying performance/fault finding and testing and maintaining. Technicians will carry out planned jobs to install new systems, modify and maintain existing systems as well as respond to call-outs to repair faulty systems where they will utilise their problem solving skills. They will take a professional approach to customer service skills which include being presentable, tidy and respectful as they can often find themselves working in and outside customers’ homes as well as in and outside business premises. It is important for Fire, Emergency and Security Systems Technicians to be able to work independently or as part of a team and use their knowledge and skills to ensure systems have been appropriately selected and installed and maintained to a professional industry standards, often without any supervision, and done so in a safe, efficient and economical manner to minimi se waste.

Typical job titles include:

Alarm Installer Alarm Maintainer Alarm Engineer Alarm Technician Fire Systems Installer Fire Systems Maintainer Fire Systems Engineer Fire Systems Technician Emergency Systems Installer Emergency Systems Maintainer Emergency Systems Engineer Emergency Systems Technician Security Systems Installer Security Systems Maintainer Security Systems Engineer Security Systems Technician

KSBs

Knowledge

K1: Health and safety legislation, codes of practice and safe working practices. Back to Duty

K2: Installation and testing techniques for electrical and electronic components, equipment and control systems for fire, emergency and security systems. Back to Duty

K3: Fundamental principles and quality processes associated with industry/company codes of practices. Back to Duty

K4: Fundamental design criteria, installation, commissioning and maintenance of fire, emergency, security systems and components. Back to Duty

K5: How to  store, retrieve, manipulate, transmit or  receive data/information electronically in a digital form across a range of ICT applications (e.g. personal computers, digital transmission over IP, email, mobile communication technology). Back to Duty

K6: Compliance to environmental legislation and the impact of processes and technologies associated with fire, emergency and security systems. Back to Duty

K7: Principles of high quality customer service and the needs of others. Back to Duty

K8: Different communication styles, how to communicate in a clear, articulate and appropriate manner and how to adapt communication style to suit different situations. Back to Duty

K9: Commercial risks and responsibilities. Back to Duty

K10: Understand: the relationship of fire detection and alarms to the fire industry,  the principles  and features for design criteria, and the methods of surveying new and existing systems The Planning and project management for system installation, commissioning and handover. The preventative and corrective maintenance of fire detection and alarm systems, emergency systems and components. Back to Duty

K11: Understand: the requirement and implementation of security risk assessments, the principles, functions and operation for design criteria. The planning and project management for system installation, commissioning and handover. The preventative and corrective maintenance of Intruder and hold up alarms,  Access  Control,  video  surveillance  (CCTV) and other electronic security systems and components. Back to Duty

K12: Understand: The relationship of fire detection and alarms to the fire industry, the principles and features for design criteria, and the methods of surveying new and existing systems.   The Planning and project management for system installation, commissioning and handover.  The preventative and corrective maintenance of fire detection and alarm systems,  emergency  lighting,  emergency  systems and components.. The installation of electrical circuits, selecting correct protective devices, testing and certifying to current standards. Back to Duty

K13: Understand: the relationship of fire detection and security alarms to the fire & security industry and the requirement and implementation of security risk assessments, the principles, features, functions and operation for design criteria, and the methods of surveying new and existing systems. The Planning and project management for systems installation, commissioning and handover. The preventative and corrective maintenance of fire detection and alarm systems, emergency systems and components, Intruder and hold up alarms, Access Control, video surveillance (CCTV) and other electronic security systems and components. Back to Duty

Skills

S1: Operate in a safe working manner by adhering to health and safety legislation, codes of practice and applying safe working practices. Back to Duty

S2: Contribute  to  the  application of design, planning,  installation, testing, commissioning, maintenance, fault diagnosis, service and repair and electrical and electronic techniques on fire, emergency and security systems. Back to Duty

S3: Operate a  range of  ICT  equipment and  systems to  store, retrieve, manipulate, transmit or receive digital data and electronic information in applications and environments applicable to the role. Back to Duty

S4: Take responsibility for own work and safety and welfare of others. Oversee and organise the programme of work and work environment. Carry out work and manage resources in an environmentally friendly manner. Back to Duty

S5: Apply and implement system design, planning, installation, testing, commissioning and handover. Carry out preventative and corrective maintenance, diagnosis and repair faults, of fire detection and alarm and other emergency systems and components. Back to Duty

S6: Apply and implement system design, planning, installation, testing, commissioning and handover. Carry out preventative and corrective maintenance, diagnosis and repair faults, of Intruder and holdup alarms, Access Control, video surveillance (CCTV) and other electronic security systems and components. Back to Duty

S7: Apply and implement system design, planning, installation where  required,  testing commissioning  and  handover. Back to Duty

S8: Carry out preventative and corrective maintenance, diagnosis and repair faults, of fire detection and alarm, emergency light systems and other emergency systems and components. Back to Duty

S9: Apply and implement system design, planning, installation, testing, commissioning and handover.  Carry out preventative and corrective maintenance, diagnosis and repair faults, of  fire detection and alarm, and other emergency  systems  and  components, Intruder  and holdup alarms, Access Control, video surveillance (CCTV) and other electronic security systems and components. Back to Duty

Behaviours

B1: Develop and retain trust with customers and colleagues by undertaking responsibilities in an ethical and empathetic manner. Back to Duty

B2: Show commitment through being punctual, reliable, diligent and professional. Take responsibility for own judgements and actions to achieve quality focussed outcomes. Back to Duty

B3: Demonstrate drive and flexibility in fulfilling requirements of role. Back to Duty

B4: Take responsibility and fulfil own development and the needs of others. Keep up-to-date with best practice. Maintain continuous professional development. Back to Duty

B5: Work productively and engage with colleagues, clients, other trades, suppliers and the public. Back to Duty

B6: Take responsibility for promoting a healthy and safe working environment. Give consideration to appropriate use of resources and own actions taking into account the impact on environmental, social and economic factors. Back to Duty

T Level in building services engineering for construction

Qualification type: T Level

Qualification level: 3

Awarding organisation: City & Guilds

Approval date: 17/12/2020

Available from: 01/09/2021

Occupational specialism: Protection systems engineering

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ST0189 Fire emergency and security systems technician

Options: Fire , Security , Fire and emergency lighting , Fire and Security

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