CCTV engineers are employed to install and maintain security cameras, along with a variety of associated equipment.
There are no specific qualifications required for the position, but a good basic level of education is needed to demonstrate an ability to learn all the technical information the role involves. Employers prefer candidates with experience, but there are jobs available for trainees, which pay around £16,000 to £18,000.
Candidates with a background as an electrician or work experience with intruder alarms and access control systems will have an advantage when applying for these entry-level positions. A driving licence is essential and, for obvious reasons, applicants seeking employment in the security industry also need to be in a position to pass a police background check.
Companies that manufacture CCTV equipment, security systems resellers and facilities management companies all have permanent positions for installation, commissioning and service engineers. Salaries range from £20,000 to £30,000, with jobs at the higher end of the scale usually requiring intruder alarm, fire and access control skills. Total earnings may be considerably higher once on-call allowances and overtime are added on.
There is strong demand for experienced CCTV engineers, so employers often use specialist technical recruitment agencies to find the best staff. Agencies can also supply reference-checked engineers for short-term contracts to cover things like major installation projects.