Fire Protection Equipment Technicians install, test and maintain fire protection equipment and systems such as extinguishers, hoses, reels, hydrants, fire blankets, exit lighting, fire and smoke doors, gaseous fire suppression systems, passive fire and smoke containment systems and foam generating equipment.

Specialisations: Fire Extinguisher Technician.

You can work as a Fire Protection Equipment Technician without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. Training is available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

Tasks

  • Protects human life and property from fire damage, using fire prevention techniques.
  • Reads and understands complicated technical documents.
  • Keeps up to date with fire protection measures against terrorist threats or natural disasters.
  • Analyses existing protection measures and designs up-to-date fire protection systems.
  • Consults with architects or other industry experts to design safe buildings or transportation vehicles.
  • Researches new issues in fire prevention and develops solutions, sometimes with the use of advanced computer modelling systems, to predict the occurrence and spread of fire.
  • Tests the ability of particular chemicals to suppress fire or performs research on existing fire prevention techniques.
  • Conducts analysis of fire risks and develops appropriate safeguards.

All Other Technicians and Trades Workers

  • $1,146 Weekly Pay
  • Very strong Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Fire Protection Equipment Technicians

  • 3,300 workers Employment Size
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • 91% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 44 hours Average full-time
  • 41 years Average age
  • 3% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Fire Protection Equipment Technicians (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
from 2,600 in 2011 to 3,300 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Fire Protection Equipment Technicians work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Public Administration and Safety; Construction; and Other Services.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (91%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 44 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 41 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 3% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Public Administration and Safety38.7
Construction33.6
Other Services12.0
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services7.2
Other Industries8.5

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateFire Protection Equipment TechniciansAll Jobs Average
NSW33.831.6
VIC21.325.6
QLD20.720.0
SA7.57.0
WA12.210.8
TAS1.22.0
NT1.61.0
ACT1.81.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketFire Protection Equipment TechniciansAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-191.0-5.05.0
20-247.0-9.39.3
25-3424.7-22.922.9
35-4426.1-22.022.0
45-5422.5-21.621.6
55-599.2-9.09.0
60-646.3-6.06.0
65 and Over3.2-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationFire Protection Equipment TechniciansAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate3.6-10.110.1
Bachelor degree5.4-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma7.6-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV48.7-21.121.1
Year 1215.4-18.118.1
Year 115.5-4.84.8
Year 10 and below13.8-12.512.5

You can work as a Fire Protection Equipment Technician without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. Training is available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

Registration with Fire Protection Association Australia may be needed to work as a Fire Protection Equipment Technician.

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • extinguishing agent handling licence
  • electrician's licence to work on fire alarm systems
  • a plumber's licence to work on sprinkler systems
  • a building contractor's licence to work on infrastructure such as fire doors
  • construction induction card (white card)

Thinking about study or training?

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
  • You might be interested in Health Industry, Plastics, Rubber & Cablemaking and Property Services VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

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Employers look for Other Technicians and Trades Workers who are reliable, work well in a team and have a strong work ethic.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Engineering and Technology

    85% Skill level

    The use engineering science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  2. Design

    81% Skill level

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  3. Building and Construction

    75% Skill level

    Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.

  4. Mathematics

    71% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  5. Customer and Personal Service

    66% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

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Demands

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  1. Electronic Mail

    99% Important

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  2. Telephone

    96% Important

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  3. Face-to-Face Discussions

    89% Important

    How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

  4. Indoors, Heat Controlled

    89% Important

    How often do you work indoors with access to heating or cooling?

  5. Freedom to Make Decisions

    85% Important

    How much freedom do you have to make decision on your own?

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 17-2111.02 - Fire-Prevention and Protection Engineers.

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