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Electronic Security Systems Technician

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Most occupations in this zone require job specific training (vocational training) related to the occupation (NFQ Levels 5 and 6 or higher), related on-the-job experience, or a relevant professional award.

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Occupational Category

Electrical, Electronic & Engineering Technicians

Also included in this category:

Installation engineers (electricity supplier); manufacturing technicians.

Number Employed:


Part time workers: 8%
Aged over 55: 17%
Male / Female: 91 / 9%
Non-Nationals: 10%
With Third Level: 72%
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At a Glance... header image

Electronic security system (ESS) technicians deal with proper installation and maintenance of burglar alarms, fire alarms, closed circuit security, cameras and access control systems.

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Working in the craft of Electronic Security Systems will require knowledge and practical application of:

  • Selection, procurement, safe utilisation of and storage of security installation tools, equipment and materials
  • Assessment, interpretation and implementation of ETCI wiring regulations, installation inspection and testing procedures
  • Installation of plastic conduit, steel trunking and plastic trunking containment
  • Interpretation of circuit schematics, technical data, manufacturing standards and architectural drawings which incorporate IEC symbols
  • Interpretation of equipment assembly, dis-assembly and adjustment procedures
  • Completion and updating of job-related documentation
  • Relevant basic IT skills appropriate to the trade
  • Awareness of Health and Safety requirements for the industry

Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation


Examine systems to locate problems, such as loose connections or broken insulation.


Test backup batteries, keypad programming, sirens, and all security features in order to ensure proper functioning, and to diagnose malfunctions.


Mount and fasten control panels, door and window contacts, sensors, or video cameras and attach electrical and telephone wiring to connect components.


Install, maintain, or repair security systems, alarm devices, or related equipment, following blueprints of electrical layouts and building plans.


Feed cables through access holes, roof spaces, and cavity walls to reach fixture outlets; then position and terminate cables, wires and strapping.


Inspect installation sites and study work orders, building plans, and installation manuals to determine materials requirements and installation procedures.


Adjust sensitivity of units, based on room structures and manufacturers' recommendations, using programming keypads.


Test and repair circuits and sensors, following wiring and system specifications.


Drill holes for wiring in wall studs, joists, ceilings, or floors.


Demonstrate systems for customers and explain details, such as the causes and consequences of false alarms.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.


Handling and Moving Objects: Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.


Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge: Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.


Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment: Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing machines, devices, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of electrical or electronic (not mechanical) principles.


Performing General Physical Activities: Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.


Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings: Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.


Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships: Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.


Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events: Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.


Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work: Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.


Performing for or Working Directly with the Public: Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.


Getting Information: Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.


Computers and Electronics: Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.


Customer and Personal Service: Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.


Public Safety and Security: Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.


English Language: Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.


Building and Construction: Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.

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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.


Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.


Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.


Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.


Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.


Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.


Installation: Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.


Complex Problem Solving: Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.


Operation and Control: Controlling operations of equipment or systems.


Service Orientation: Actively looking for ways to help people.


Quality Control Analysis: Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

You must have good practical skills and a high level of technical knowledge. You need to be physically fit to cope with bending, lifting and stretching. You will need nimble fingers to handle small parts and hand tools.  
You should be logical, patient and have good organisational skills to prioritise your workload. It is important to have good communication skills to deal effectively with customers. Adaptability, initiative, planning, problem solving, information gathering and the ability to work in a team are also important attributes for a craftsperson working in the trade.

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Organisation: Irish Security Industry Association (ISIA)
Address: Security Centre, Unit 1A, IDA Industrial Estate, Balbriggan, Co. Dublin
Tel: (01) 690 5736
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Organisation: Irish Security Industry Association
Address: Headquarters: Chase House, City Junction Business Park Northern Cross, Malahide Road, Dublin 17
Tel: (01) 4847206
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Organisation: Irish Security Industry Training (ISIT)
Address: ISIT Skillnet, Security Centre, Unit 1, IDA Industrial Estate, Balbriggan, Co.Dublin
Tel: (01) 690 5738
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Organisation: Private Security Authority
Address: Davis Street, Tipperary Town
Tel: 062 31588
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