Fire, Emergency and Security Systems (FESS) Technician Apprenticeship

Fire, Emergency and Security Systems (FESS) Technician Apprenticeship

Typical Job Roles for Fire, Emergency and Security Systems Technician

  • Alarm/Fire/Emergency/Security Systems:
  • Installer/Maintainer/Engineer/Technician

Semester LD has a vast experience of dealing with major manufacturers in upskilling their workforce through our NVQ and HNC programmes in Engineering. Some of these companies can be found on our About Page.

Occupational profile

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 minimise waste.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Qualifications we deliver to meet knowledge elements:

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in ICT Systems and Principles

With the following units:

Unit 024 – Project Planning ( 10 Cr – Level 3)
Unit 028 – IT Technical Support (10 Cr – Level 3)
Unit 029 – Communication Technologies ( 10 Cr – Level 3)
Unit 035 – Communications for Engineering Technicians ( 10 Cr – Level 3)
Unit 037 – Electrical & Electronic Principles ( 10 Cr – Level 3)
Unit 039 – Health and Safety in the Engineering Workplace ( 10 Cr – Level 3)
Unit 038 – Principles and Applications of Electronic Devices and Circuits ( 10 Cr – Level 3)

+ 1 more of your choice

ETCAL Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Installation and Commissioning – Electrical/Electronic

If they have not already achieved GCSE’s in English and Maths, then these will need to be taken before the End Point Assessment (EPA)

End Point Assessment

The final end point assessment is completed in the last few months of the apprenticeship.

  • Knowledge Test (Multi Choice)
  • Professional Discussion
  • Practical Observation