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Become A Locksmith

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Working As A Locksmith

  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Getting Information
  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
  • $36,630

    Average Salary

What Does A Locksmith Do At Compass Group, North America

* Reads blueprints and diagrams, determines materials needed, estimates time and material costs on installations, and requests supplies to assure timely and adequate availability.
* Installs, repairs and maintains keys and locks.
* Inserts new or repaired tumblers into lock to change combination.
* Moves lock pick in cylinder to open door locks without keys.
* Installs locks and lock systems with different hardware and carpentry methods.
* Maintains records, inventory for locks, keys, spare parts, tools, and equipment.
* Uses key cutting machine to cut new or duplicate keys.
* Troubleshoots and repairs electronic lock systems.
* Performs other duties as assigned

What Does A Locksmith Do At KBR

* Installs, repairs, rebuilds, and services mechanical, electrical, and electronic locking devices under the direction and supervision of the CE Foreman.
* Disassembles locks such as padlocks, safe locks and door locks, and repairs or replaces worn tumblers, springs, and other parts.
* Inserts new or repaired tumblers into lock to change combinations.
* Cuts new or duplicate keys.
* Keeps records of locks and keys.
* Completes projects from initial layout to final assembly or installation to include basic structural framework.
* Repairs door screens; replaces or repairs window locks and operators.
* Performs all other position related duties as assigned or requested.
* Work Environment, Physical Demands, and Mental Demands:
* Works inside and outside in various weather conditions to include extreme cold and heat.
* Work around non-hazardous materials/waste lifting, stooping, crawling, bending, and carrying.
* Heavy lifting up to 50 pounds on a daily basis

What Does A Locksmith Do At TD Industries Inc.

* Responds to Facility Service Work Orders from building occupants.
* Responsible for logging and tracking all key and lock systems.
* Uses tools and equipment that are standard issue but may need and can be further calibrated or adjusted.
* Keeps tools and work areas in a clean and orderly manner.
* Observes and complies with all company safety policies.
* Uses required personal protective equipment while satisfying all work requests.
* Completes all required paperwork timely and accurately.
* Works on and completes all facility team-based goals

What Does A Locksmith Do At Virginia State Government

* Plans, installs, and maintains all University electronic access systems; develops all key systems in an electronic format for immediate systems access and control.
* Maintains all electronic control gates in parking areas and vehicle compounds.
* Duplicate keys form originals, re-key locks to different control and master keys, access and replace all types of locks on safes, files, and desks, and maintain records of campus gate mechanical lock inventory.
* Maintain and provide change-out services to the Housing Organization as emergencies arise.
* Keep records for parts, work orders, daily assignment logs, parts, hardware; maintain electronic inventory of all lock and key parts.
* EEO Statement
* NSU is committed to providing equal employment opportunities for all persons and applicants, without regard to age, color, disability, gender, national origin, political affiliation, genetic information, race, religion, sexual orientation, sex (including pregnancy) or veteran status.
* NSU encourages and invites minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and veterans to apply

What Does A Locksmith Do At Cook Security Group

* Disassembles, repairs and/or replaces locks, such as padlocks, safe locks, vault locks, door locks, and teller locks.
* Repairs or replaces worn tumblers, springs and other parts, and inserts new or repaired tumblers into lock to change combination.
* Changes both electronic and mechanical lock combinations.
* Cuts new or duplicate keys using key cutting machine.
* Uses lock pick to open door locks without keys.
* Performs safe deposit box, safe, and vault drilling.
* Repairs and/or replaces SBD locks.
* Assists with installation/servicing of electronic and physical security products.
* Assists with installation/wiring of electronic equipment used in systems.
* Performs other related duties as assigned

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How To Become A Locksmith

Jobs in this field typically do not require any formal education beyond high school. General maintenance and repair workers often learn their skills on the job. They start by doing simple tasks and watching and learning from skilled maintenance workers.


Many maintenance and repair workers learn some basic skills in high school shop or technical education classes, postsecondary trade or vocational schools, or community colleges.

Courses in mechanical drawing, electricity, woodworking, blueprint reading, mathematics, and computers are useful. Maintenance and repair workers often do work that involves electrical, plumbing, heating, and air-conditioning systems or painting and roofing tasks. Workers need a good working knowledge of many repair and maintenance tasks.

Practical training, available at many adult education centers and community colleges, is another option for workers to learn tasks such as drywall repair and basic plumbing.


General maintenance and repair workers usually start by watching and learning from skilled maintenance workers. They begin by doing simple tasks, such as fixing leaky faucets and replacing lightbulbs. After gaining experience, general maintenance and repair workers move on to more difficult tasks, such as overhauling machinery or building walls.

Some general maintenance and repair workers learn their skills by assisting other types of repair or construction workers, including machinery repairers, carpenters, or electricians.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Licensing requirements vary by state and locality. For more complex tasks, workers may need to be licensed in a particular specialty, such as electrical or plumbing work.


Some maintenance and repair workers decide to train in one specific craft and become craftworkers, such as electricians, heating and air-conditioning mechanics, or plumbers.

Other maintenance workers eventually open their own repair or contracting business. However, those who want to become a project manager or own their own business may need some postsecondary education or a degree in construction management. For more information, see the profile on construction managers.

Within small organizations, promotion opportunities may be limited.

Important Qualities

Customer-service skills. These workers interact with customers on a regular basis. They need to be friendly and able to address customers’ questions.

Dexterity. Many repair and maintenance tasks, such as repairing small devices, connecting or attaching components, and using hand tools, require a steady hand and good hand–eye coordination.

Troubleshooting skills. Workers find, diagnose, and repair problems. They perform tests to figure out the cause of problems before fixing equipment.

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Real Locksmith Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Locksmith Supervisor Hardwaremart Inc. D/B/A Arties Hardware New York, NY Mar 26, 2009 $58,603
Locksmith Master Auto Locksmith, Inc. New York, NY Aug 26, 2016 $54,683
Locksmith Choi & Lee Corporation Seattle, WA Sep 23, 2010 $49,000
Locksmiths J & B Lock and Alarm, Inc. Closter, NJ Dec 10, 2010 $46,937
Locksmith Technician Seinfeld Locksmith Inc. MA Nov 20, 2009 $36,418
Locksmith Securi Tech Lock Inc. MA Dec 08, 2010 $36,209
Locksmith Securi Tech Lock Inc. MA Dec 07, 2010 $36,209
Locksmith Securi Tech Lock Inc. MA Mar 24, 2009 $36,209
Locksmith Securi Tech Lock Inc. MA Apr 16, 2009 $36,209
Automotive Locksmith A-1 Towing & Auto Repair, LLC Fort Lee, NJ Sep 10, 2015 $35,000
Locksmith Basics Plus Inc. New York, NY Nov 03, 2010 $32,265
Locksmith Eli Locksmith Monsey, NY Aug 23, 2010 $30,011
Locksmith A Certified Locksmith LLC Lodi, NJ Jun 04, 2010 $30,011
Locksmith Prestige Business Solutions Inc. Teaneck, NJ Jan 29, 2009 $30,011
Locksmith Dependable Locks Inc. New York, NY Apr 01, 2009 $30,011

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Top Skills for A Locksmith


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Top Locksmith Skills

  1. Door Hardware
  2. Outstanding Customer Service
  3. Re-Key Locks
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Repaired and installed - Locks, Doors, and Door Hardware.
  • Handled unlocking of personal car doors and private homes for corporate clients and customers.
  • Job Duties included driving company vehicle to job site and complete the work agreed upon.
  • Respond to emergency calls to open vehicles, homes and businesses that have been locked accidentally or have malfunctioned.
  • Performed installation and repairs for commercial, residential and automotive locks.

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