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Career and Education Opportunities for Security Systems Installers in Seattle, Washington

If you want to be a security systems installer, the Seattle, Washington area offers many opportunities both for education and employment. There are currently 1,380 working security systems installers in Washington; this should grow by 19% to about 1,640 working security systems installers in the state by 2016. This is not quite as good as the national trend for security systems installers, which sees this job pool growing by about 24.8% over the next eight years. Security systems installers generally install, program, and repair security and fire alarm wiring and equipment.

The income of a security systems installer is about $19 hourly or $41,110 per year on average in Washington. In the U.S. as a whole, their income is about $17 hourly or $36,660 annually on average. Earnings for security systems installers are not quite as good as earnings in the general category of Office and Home Equipment in Washington and better than general Office and Home Equipment category earnings nationally.

There is one school within twenty-five miles of Seattle where you can study to be a security systems installer, among sixty-five schools of higher education total in the Seattle area. Security systems installers usually hold a high school diploma or GED, so you can expect to spend only a short time training to become a security systems installer if you already have a high school diploma.

CAREER DESCRIPTION: Security Systems Installer

Security Systems Installer video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, security systems installers install, program, and repair security and fire alarm wiring and equipment. They also ensure that work is in accordance with relevant codes.

Security systems installers keep informed of new products and developments. They also test and repair circuits and sensors, following wiring and system specifications. Equally important, security systems installers have to drill holes for wiring in wall studs and floors. They are often called upon to set up or repair security systems and related equipment, following blueprints of electrical layouts and building plans. They are expected to feed cables through access holes and cavity walls to reach fixture outlets; then position and terminate cables, wires and strapping. Finally, security systems installers adjust sensitivity of units on the basis of room structures and manufacturers' recommendations, using programming keypads.

Every day, security systems installers are expected to be able to articulate ideas and problems. They need to evaluate problems as they arise. It is also important that they listen to and understand others in meetings.

It is important for security systems installers to confer with clients to gauge risks and to establish security requirements. They are often called upon to ready documents such as invoices and warranties. They also order replacement parts. Somewhat less frequently, security systems installers are also expected to furnish customers with cost estimates for equipment installation.

and mount and fasten control panels, door and window contacts, sensors, and video cameras, and attach electrical and telephone wiring so as to connect parts. And finally, they sometimes have to examine installation sites and study work orders and installation manuals in order to establish materials requirements and installation procedures.

Like many other jobs, security systems installers must have exceptional integrity and be reliable.

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EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Security Systems Installer Training

Bates Technical College - Tacoma, WA

Bates Technical College, 1101 S Yakima Ave, Tacoma, WA 98405. Bates Technical College is a medium sized college located in Tacoma, Washington. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 2,807 students. Bates Technical College has a one to two year and an associate's degree program in Electrician which graduated one and six students respectively in 2008.

CERTIFICATIONS

Physical Security Professional: The physical security examination is targeted to security professionals whose primary responsibility is to conduct threat surveys; design integrated security systems that include equipment, procedures, and people; or install, operate, and maintain those systems.

For more information, see the American Society for Industrial Security website.

Certified Alarm Security Technician: Identify basic electronics and electrical components.

For more information, see the ETA International website.

Certified Customer Service Specialist: An individual who successfully passes ETA's World Class CSS Certification exam is professionally recognized as having the ability to uphold the interpersonal and business standards necessary in today's workplace.

For more information, see the ETA International website.

Fire Alarm Systems: This certification program was designed for engineering technicians working in the fire alarm industry who engage in a combination of the following fire alarm systems activities: system layout (plan preparation), system equipment selection, system installation, system acceptance testing, system trouble-shooting, system servicing, and system sales.

For more information, see the National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies website.

Video Security Systems Technician: The program track includes a sequence of four levels of certification, based on the complexity of the systems being installed/serviced.

For more information, see the National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies website.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Seattle, Washington

Seattle, Washington
Seattle, Washington photo by Dschwen

Seattle is located in King County, Washington. It has a population of over 598,541, which has grown by 6.2% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Seattle, 126, is far greater than the national average. New single-family homes in Seattle are valued at $206,700 on average, which is well below the state average. In 2008, five hundred ninety-five new homes were built in Seattle, down from seven hundred seventy-five the previous year.

The three big industries for women in Seattle are health care, professional, scientific, and technical services, and educational services. For men, it is professional, scientific, and technical services, construction, and educational services. The average commute to work is about 25 minutes. More than 47.2% of Seattle residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 17.3%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Seattle is 7.8%, which is less than Washington's average of 8.7%.

The percentage of Seattle residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 37.3%, is less than the national average but more than the state average. The largest religious groups are the Catholic Church, the LDS (Mormon) Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Seattle is home to the Berth 5 and the Akli Point Lighthouse as well as Lincoln Park and Myrtle Edwards Park. Shopping centers in the area include Lake City Shopping Center, Westwood Village Shopping Center and Oak Tree Village Shopping Center. Visitors to Seattle can choose from A-1 Motel, Arlington Suites and Marriott Sea-Tac Airport for temporary stays in the area.