Trainee Technician

Legal definition for licensing – Security Technician

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.

Trainee Security Technicians will be given an entry level understanding of these requirements and work with, and assist, Security Technicians in the performance of their duties.

Career level

Starting out

Pay rate

Minimum wage to $30 per hour

  • Undertake assignments and tasks under the supervision of a Security Technician
  • Understand and follow plans and instructions for security equipment and systems
  • Install, repair, test and maintain security equipment and systems under supervision
  • Record data on testing techniques, equipment, and other work under supervision
  • Report findings and results to colleagues
  • Identify materials needed for new work projects
  • Ensure health and safety requirements are followed
  • 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 and capable of working under supervision
  • 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
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
  • Entry level – minimum wage
  • Mid-level – living wage to mid $20’s per hour
  • High level – high 20’s to low $30’s per hour
Industry Pathway Opportunities
  • Security Technician
  • Project Engineer
  • Design Engineer
  • Security Consultant/Sales Estimator
  • Project/Contract Manager
  • General Manager
Other Sector Pathway Opportunities
  • Electrical Trades
  • Engineering Trades
  • Cyber Security

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.