Senior Technician

Legal definition for licensing – Security Technician

Senior Security Technicians interpret the designs and technical instructions of Security Consultants, or Design Engineers, and ensure they are accurately carried out. They also develop, install, test and maintain security equipment and systems used to protect people, property, assets and information. Senior Technicians will have responsibility for work and team performance and will provide leadership and guidance to Technicians and Trainees.

Career level

Mid career

Pay rate

$80k to $120k plus vehicle

  • Understand and follow plans and instructions for security equipment and systems
  • Install, repair, test and maintain security equipment and systems
  • Record data on testing techniques
  • Train staff and clients on company products
  • Ensure all work to be of high standard and within acceptable timeframes
  • Ensure health and safety requirements are followed
  • Provide leadership and guidance to technicians and trainees
  • Performing other duties as directed
Role Requirements
  • Must be 18+ years old
  • Must have normal colour vision (electrical components are normally colour coded)
  • Must be confident in leading teams and setting standards
  • Accurate and methodical
  • Must have reasonable fitness
  • Must have a clean criminal record
  • Preferable to hold a NZ Drivers Licence
  • Must have good written and spoken English
  • Able to work well under pressure
Skill Sets & Role Fit
  • Roles are non-gender and age specific
  • Knowledge of electrical theory and practice
  • Understanding of health and safety, and industry standards and guidelines
  • Good practical and technical skills to operate and maintain equipment
  • Good at problem solving
  • Take pride in appearance (most roles require wearing of uniform)
  • Honesty and integrity
  • Analytical
  • Process orientated
  • Ability to provide team leadership
Working Conditions
  • Usually work regular business hours but may have to be on call or irregular hours
  • Variety of working sites
  • May be required to access confined spaces when laying wiring
Industry Training
  • NZCiES Level 3 and 4 (New Zealand Certificate in Electronic Security)

Note: Available as a two-year Apprenticeship Programme

Indicative Pay Scales
  • Low level – $80,000 to $90,000
  • Mid-level – $90,000 to $110,000
  • High level – $110,000 to $120,000 plus vehicle

Vehicle may be included.

Industry Pathway Opportunities
  • Project Engineer
  • Design Engineer
  • Security Consultant/Sales Estimator
  • Project/Contract Manager
  • General Manager
Other Sector Pathway Opportunities
  • Electrical Trades
  • Engineering Trades
  • Cyber Security

Award winner stories

Nathan Keepa, Advanced Security Group
Recipient of the Install & Service Electronic Sector (Corporate) Technician of the Year 2023

Nathan is a Senior Technician for Advanced Security in Christchurch and has been in the role for five years. His career started in the Royal New Zealand Navy as an Electronics Technician before joining the Auckland office of Advanced Security in 2008 and eventually transferring to Christchurch in 2015. Nathan values is formal training with the Navy but is a strong advocate for on job learning and the experience of learning to use the systems that he works with daily.
As part of our interview Nathan provided the following insights into his career
  • What is the most enjoyable aspect of your role?
    The variety of the work and also working at different places and sites from day to day.
  • What technical skills should someone in his role possess?
    Computer skills and knowledge of working with electrics.
  • What personal skills should someone in his role have?
    A good attitude is critical and a willingness to learn.
  • What is your greatest strength you use in your job?
    My ability to work well as part of a team.
  • What has been the biggest success factor in your career?
    Always having good mentors and co-workers.

Thank you Nathan for your time and congratulations on your award.

Richard Neeson, Advanced Security Group
Recipient of the Security Integrator of the Year Award 2023

Richard has been in the security industry for over 28 years, the last 26 years with Advanced Security Group where he is a Senior Technician.
His work career originally started doing beer line installations before moving into the security industry.

Richard acknowledges that the people he has worked with over his career have been instrumental in helping him develop and progress his career. He also states that he gets the greatest enjoyment from his role when meeting and exceeding the expectations of his customers.

Key out-takes from our interview with Richard
  • What technical skills are required for someone in your role?
    Quick thinking, adapting to new technologies and thinking outside the box.
  • What personal skills are required?
    Friendly and outgoing, and most importantly, honesty. We are human and we don’t always get it right, but being open and honest about mistakes means the people you work for and with will rust you.
  • What is the best job decision you ever made?
    Choosing good companies to work for.
  • What mistakes did you make early in your career?
    Not having faith in myself.
  • How do you make decisions at work?
    Talk to others, we all have different ideas and can contribute.
  • What advice do you have for someone new to the industry?
    Be receptive to new technologies, think outside the box and be responsive and quick thinking.
  • Why is the security industry a good choice?
    It is always growing and changing.

Thank you Richard for your time and congratulations on your award.

This website is in an initiative of NZ Security Association, developed to promote the wide range of security careers on offer in New Zealand. The security industry is a growing sector with a range of exciting career pathways for you to progress through.