Fire protection

Protect and detect. The fire protection industry’s in the business of keeping four million New Zealanders and thousands of buildings safe, 365 days a year.

Careers information

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What does it involve?

Fire protection engineers detect and protect. The fire protection industry’s in the business of keeping four million New Zealanders and thousands of buildings safe, 365 days a year. It includes surveying, selecting, installing, commissioning and maintaining hand-operated firefighting equipment, fire protection systems and fire detection systems

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Typical day

Sometimes an 8 hour day; sometimes on shift work rosters or on call. Work can include discussing clients’ fire protection needs and surveying their fire risk as well as selecting, commissioning and maintaining firefighting and fire safety equipment (from hand-operated tools to entire protection and/or detection systems).

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How could I get into the industry

Contact businesses involved in this sector (e.g. Wormald, Argus Fire, First Fire, and Fire Security Services).

Does this sound like you?

Study areas Attributes Helpful experience Preferred work environments
  • English or Media Studies or History
  • Maths or Accounting or Economics
  • Science or Workshop Technologies
  • Computing/ICT /Information Management
  • Good at precision work
  • Confidence with IT, computers, technology
  • Good work habits/time management
  • Good at problem solving / creative
  • Customer service or helping people
  • Making or fixing things
  • Selling or persuading people
  • Working with machinery
  • Inside (retail/shop/etc...)
  • Lots of different places every day

How much could I earn?

  • Newly qualified

    $30k - $50k

Career pathway

School Entry level jobs Advancing jobs Senior jobs
Ideally, NCEA Level 2 passes in:
  • Maths
  • Science (Physics)
  • Technology (Metal Work)
  • English
  • Fire Protection Engineer
  • Team Leader
  • Supervisor
  • Business Manager
  • Business Owner
Unit/Achievement standards in schools Traineeship or Apprenticeship Higher learning Higher learning

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