It’s a great time to start a career as a Fire and Security Engineer. Not only is it a lucrative career, but it’s also meaningful and rewarding. You’ll be playing a vital part in keeping people safe. And you’ll be highly sought after–demand is set to rise from about 150,000 in 2016 to more than 190,000 by 2026, according to the National Association of Professional Fire Protection Analysts.
What fields can you choose from?
Becoming a fire and security engineer will give you the opportunity to specialise in a wide variety of different fields, including:
- Residential security
- Commercial CCTV
- Nurse call
- Intruder alarms
- Access control
- Door entry systems
- Automated gates
- Integrated security systems
You don’t have to choose where you want to specialise at this stage–you’ll learn more about each of these as you continue your education.
What do you have to study?
Becoming a fire and security engineer involves studying several technical disciplines: mechanical, structural, and electrical engineering. You’ll need to take recognised fire or security alarm courses, as well as health and safety qualifications like ECS or CSCS. You’ll also need a good understanding of electrical fire and security products and the standards of conduct in your country.
How do you apply for jobs?
There are three steps to applying for your first role as a fire and security engineer.
The easiest option, especially when you’re just starting out, is to sign up with a recruitment agency that specialises in matching fire and security employers with candidates. It’s free, and you’ll get all the support you need to find the opportunities that are right for you and present yourself in the best light. You can also look for jobs on job boards or directly on company websites.
In most cases, the application process begins on the company or recruitment agency’s website, where you’ll upload your CV. You’ll also need to submit a statement of work (SOW) or some other reference information. Make sure your CV is tailored to the position you’re applying for–don’t just send the same generic one for every job, but edit it to show how you can provide each of the skills and qualities they want (or at least most of them!)
You should also go through a phone screening before you submit any other type of application. Again, a specialist recruiter can talk you through what to expect in a phone screening and how to handle it.
If you’re considering your next steps in this rewarding field, why not give us a call or drop us an email today to find out how we can help you?