Locksmiths install, sell, test and maintain locks and related security devices and systems.
Duties & Tasks
Locksmiths may perform the following tasks:sell and install high-security lock systems, key control systems, all types of mechanical locks and keyless-entry locks
repair, replace or adjust damaged or defective components of doors, including door closers, hinges and electronic release mechanisms
change mechanical and electronic key codes
design, manufacture, install and manage restricted master key systems
determine customer security requirements and assess risks through discussion and on-site inspection
assist clients to gain entry to premises, automotive vehicles, safes or high-security storage containers such as filing cabinets
recommend appropriate security and locking systems such as safes, strong rooms, alarms, closed-circuit television (CCTV), and door and window locks
install, replace and maintain locking systems, alarms and access control systems
test the performance of locks and security systems
repair jammed, worn or damaged locks by manipulating, dismantling, repairing or replacing defective parts
sell locks, safes and associated hardware
cut new or duplicate keys for locks and other security systems and devices
keep records of specifications of installed locking systems.
Locksmiths may be required to work weekends, on call and after hours. Some locksmiths work in mobile units, travelling between jobs. They may also be required to work in confined spaces and outdoors.
enjoy technical work
able to cope with the physical demands of the job
able to lift heavy items
good hand-eye coordination
able to work independently or as part of a team
attention to detail
patient and tactful when dealing with customers
good vision and hearing
good verbal and written communication skills.