Just about every building is required to have a fire alarm system, and those that aren’t, are recommend to install one. This is good news for fire alarm technicians, as the job market stays relatively steady with new installs and maintenance. And the need for alarm technicians is expected to rise in the next 5 years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Those hoping to become a fire alarm technician typically earn their Associate’s degree of Science in Fire Alarm Technology from a university or community college. Some companies will take on employees with only a high school diploma and train them from the ground up, but the hiring trend is moving toward more educated candidates. There are schools all over the states and Canada, and even online options for those who are too far from a particular location. The coursework covers standard electrical wiring, national electric codes, fire alarm codes, and fire alarm systems, among other topics. Once an associate’s degree has been obtained, individuals have the ability to earn a Fire Alarm Systems certification through the National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies. There are also programs for certification offered through the Electronic Security Association, or the ESA. They have a course that teaches students about the installation and repairing of systems, as well as the use of hand/power tools and the proper way to read and interpret blueprints. Once this course is passed, students can take the exam to become a Certified Fire Alarm Technician, known shorthand as the CFAT credential. In addition to the certifications, some states demand technicians to obtain a state license.
The typical job description for a fire alarm technician varies from company to company, but there are some standards that most maintain. Prior to the start of an install, a fire alarm technician will calculate an estimate for the price of the system installation. They study electrical layouts and building blueprints to find the safest and most effect place for the system to be run. Once a system, location and price has been agreed on, they drill holes for the electrical wiring and circuits, mount the system, and attach cabling. The most important aspect of the install is the system test to ensure it’s working properly. Once the system has been successfully installed, technicians are generally responsible for general maintenance, repairing any issues, and replacing any parts that are not functioning.
There are a myriad of different websites and companies that specialize in staffing for fire alarm technicians. Outsource.net is the leader of the many sites that offer resources for both technicians seeking employment and companies seeking workers. Most of these companies offer a variety of specialty technicians and can also provide large or small crews of employees for jobs across the nation, and on very short notice. For an individual looking for work, they can get your resume into the hands of the right people. These companies have made it much easier for both companies and fire alarm technicians across the country.
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